Drake University President Marty Martin is asking his students for information that could help catch the person or people who wrote “the most offensive of racial epithets” on the whiteboard attached to a Black student’s dorm room and carved a swastika into the campus elevator last weekend, The Des Moines Register reports.
After the racist messages were reported, Martin sent an email to the student body. The Black student is a freshman, less than a month into the semester.
While the swastika and epithet have both been removed, the assailant or assailant hasn’t come forward. Martin called the actions “cowardly” and encourages students to report any information to “residential life or student life professional, or some other university colleague who will ensure that the information gets to the right place.” No official has reported a lead so far.
This incident flies in the face of Drake’s diversity and inclusion statement, which reads in part: “Drake University values diversity as an institutional strength that encompasses a broad range of human differences. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion acknowledges the role Drake University can play in redressing historic injustices that result in continued marginalization of members of specific groups, and seeks to understand and respond to contemporary calls for inclusivity as necessitated by social justice.”
The incident isn’t the first at the sprawling Des Moines, Iowa, campus. Rai Ahmed-Green, the senior president of the Coalition of Black Students, told KCCI 8that because of past incidents, she was both prepared and saddened by the most recent hate speech. “In a way, we’ve had practice with this, so it was a moment of disappointment,” she told the television news outlet.
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Continue reading 64 Black Men And Boys Killed By Police
64 Black Men And Boys Killed By Police
UPDATED: 9:54 a.m. EDT, August 14, 2019 --
Police shooting and killing Black males is all but a centuries-old American tradition among law enforcement in the U.S. But the fact that this apparent rite of police passage was still thriving in 2019 and expected to continue well into 2020 and beyond should give any American citizen pause as more and more names of Black males continue to be added to a growing list of victims with what seems like a new shooting every week.
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Other victims' names include, but certainly, aren't limited to: Tamir Rice; Botham Shem Jean; E.J. Bradford; and Michael Brown.
As NewsOne continues covering these shootings that so often go ignored by mainstream media, the below running list Black men and boys who have been shot and killed by police under suspicious circumstances can serve as a tragic reminder of the danger they face upon being born into a world of hate that branded them as suspects since birth.