Chance The Rapper has spoken out about the recent bombings in Austin, responding to speculation that the incidents may have been hate crimes.
Parcel bombs have killed two people and injured two others in a series of suspected attacks in the Texas city since early March. Four attacks have taken place in Austin and one in the nearby city of Schertz.
Austin police chief Brian Manley has said it is believed the attacks were “meant to send a message” but that authorities could not yet confirm whether a specific ideology was the motive behind the attacks.
Nelson Linder, President of the local National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), has said that the two people killed were black men with links to prominent local African-American families. One of the injured individuals was a 75-year-old Hispanic woman.
“The bombings in Austin are terrible,” President Trump said on Tuesday. “This is obviously a very, very sick individual, or maybe individuals. We will get to the bottom of it. We will be very strong.”
Chance The Rapper has since taken to Twitter to write: “Someone is serial murdering Black and Latino men and women in Texas right now. One of them was just a boy.”
“Hold your leaders accountable,” Chance added. “Even if you aren’t from Texas, your elected officials should be talking about this.” See his tweet in full below.
Someone is serial murdering Black and Latino men and women in Texas right now. One of them was just a boy. Hold your leaders accountable. Even if you aren’t from Texas, your elected officials should be talking about this. #AustinBombings
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) March 20, 2018
The group were forced to scrap their appearance at Austin’s Fair Market after a threat was allegedly made by 26-year-old Trevor Weldon Ingram.
According to local reports, promoters Live Nation contacted police to report that they had received a bomb threat via email at 4.23pm.
After finding nothing suspicious at the venue, officers subsequently arrested Weldon Ingram who has since been charged with making a terroristic threat, an offence punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
The incident is not thought to be related to the Austin parcel bombings.