A string of racist and anti-Semitic incidents have disturbed college campuses nationwide as teachers and administrators struggle to prevent them from growing. This week alone, at least four incidents have been recorded on college campuses hundreds of miles separate from one another.
Here’s a breakdown:
University of Georgia: Swastikas at residence halls
At the University of Georgia, student Ariana Dinberg stated someone ripped off her historically Jewish sorority’s letters from her residence hall door twice in September. At the time, she was unsure it was someone targeting Jews.
Later, someone inscribed on the white board on her door, “All Heil” with a swastika underneath it. “They knew I was Jewish and then chose to attack me for it. It’s definitely shocking to me,” she stated.
The University of Georgia authenticated Thursday that someone drew swastikas on placards and message boards at two campus residence halls. It’s unclear who the second victim was.
University President Jere W. Morehead announced the behavior has no place on the UGA campus.
“I am appalled by such offensive and outrageous displays of hate,” Morehead said in a statement to the university community.
Iowa State: Swastika and racist stickers
In an email to students and faculty, the president of Iowa State University discussed the newest racist incidents reported on campus.
A swastika was carved into a door of a dormitory community room and racist stickers and posters were located on light poles and bus stop signs, President Wendy Wintersteen wrote Wednesday. The email was signed by the president and Iowa State University Police Chief Michael Newton.
“We want to again emphasize that we denounce racism, white supremacy, anti-Semitism and all bigoted rhetoric and actions,” the email states. “We are appalled that people continue to spread hate on our campus.”
In October, students assembled at the president’s office to protest earlier racist incidents. They involved a picture of the student government adviser in blackface and neo-Nazi writings on campus, according to the student newspaper.
Syracuse: Racist graffiti targeting different groups
A series of racist and anti-Semitic incidents, and what students describe as the university leadership’s inattentive response to it, have produced protests on campus.
Several instances of prejudiced graffiti have been discovered on or next to Syracuse’s campus to date. They include racist graffiti that uses language derogatory to African-Americans, a post-it note with anti-Native American language and graffiti with language derogatory to Asians, according to police reports.
In addition, four students have been suspended for engaging in a verbal assault aimed at an African-American student last week, Chancellor Kent Syverud announced Wednesday.
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire: Racist social media posts
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is investigating five students after a string of racist social media posts from a private Snapchat discussion became public.The posts included an effigy of a burning cross at an apparent Ku Klux Klan rally and direct hateful comments at the university’s black male empowerment group, according to a statement from James Schmidt, the school’s Chancellor.
“I want to personally condemn the social media posts. They were despicable and disgusting,” he said in the statement.
The messages were discovered by school officials on Twitter organically, not related by students to officials or police, assistant chancellor Michael Rindo stated.
The student group targeted by the messages said it was appalled.
“This group was designed to help change the perception of African American males on a predominantly white campus,” its statement said. “It is very disturbing to see the backlash we get from the people in our own backyard,” the statement adds.
Additionally, the five students were ejected from the football team pending the result of formal investigation. Their names have not yet been released.
University of Buffalo: Anti-Semitic and homophobic graffiti
Governor Andrew Cuomo is directing State Police Hate Crime Task Force to aid in the investigation into hateful slurs discovered at the University of Buffalo.
Cuomo says he’s disturbed by another incident of hateful graffiti discovered. This report appears after comparable incidents were reported at Syracuse University.
According to the governor, anti-Semitic and homophobic slurs were located on campus.
“In New York, there is no place for hate, and we will continue to rise up and condemn every cowardly act, anywhere it appears that targets and threatens people because of their race, religion or sexual orientation,” Cuomo added.
Reporting by CNN and other news sources.