The hashtag #NAACPbombing has gone viral, reflecting frustration among critics about what they say is a glaring disparity in how news outlets cover violence against blacks, reports USA Today. By Tuesday night, #NAACPbombing was the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter. Authorities are investigating whether the detonation of an improvised explosive device outside a Colorado Springs building that houses the local chapter of the NAACP on Tuesday was an act of domestic terrorism.
The device was placed next to a gasoline can and detonated, but the gas didn’t ignite. There were no injuries and minimal damage. The FBI is searching for a suspect described as a balding white man who may have been driving a dirty white pickup with a dark bed liner. Many people complain they only learned about the bombing on social media. Coverage has been overshadowed by the terrorism attack at a Paris newspaper. The Colorado incident occurred after the NAACP Legal Defense Fund asked a St. Louis County judge to convene a second grand jury and appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the killing by a white police officer of an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Mo.