New data from the U.S. Department of Education shows that large numbers of Black students are still subjected to hate speech and hate-related graffiti at schools. But a far lower percentage of Black students were exposed in 2013 than was in the case in 2005.
Campus Racial Incidents
Seven former women’s basketball players at the University of Illinois have filed a federal lawsuit claiming that the head coach and the assistant coach created a racially hostile environment for African American players.
One White faculty member says he was fired because of his race and a Latina faculty member says she was passed over for promotion and paid significantly less than Black faculty with lesser qualifications.
Saida Grundy has been hired as an assistant professor of sociology and African American studies at Boston University. But her comments on Twitter about White males have angered some in the BU community.
The offensive writings, admitted to by two first-year male students, included anti-Semitic, anti-women, homophobic, and racial slurs.
The suit alleges that faculty search committees have been told to only consider Black applicants and that “only Black professors should teach Black students.”
In a photograph distributed widely on the internet, a student at the University of South Carolina is seen writing a list of “Reasons Why USC WiFi Blows.” At the top of the list was a racial slur.
Drawings of swastikas and nooses were found drawn on the walls of three residence halls at the State University of New York campus in Purchase. Blacks make up 8 percent of the undergraduate student body at the college.
Racist graffiti was found in the first floor bathrooms of the Crozier-Williams building on the campus of Connecticut College in New London.
Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, has expelled three students who were said to have made racist comments on a local radio broadcast.
A racist chant recently appeared on a video of SAE fraternity members at the University of Oklahoma. Now a Duke University student says she was subjected to the same song as she walked across campus. Then a noose was found hanging from a tree on the Duke campus.
The Black students want the university to place greater emphasis on campus diversity and to hire psychologists and advisers to help Black students cope with campus life.
One Black student said he heard several racial slurs as he marched past the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house. The chapter president of the fraternity claimed the remarks were not made by members of the fraternity.
Racist comments were allegedly made by students at American University in Washington, D.C., on the social media app Yik Yak.
Football players at Wheaton College in Illinois participating in an off-season team-building event, presented a skit that had team members dressed up in Ku Klux Klan uniforms and carrying Confederate flags.
The Chi Omega sorority at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa has expelled a member who used a racial slur in the caption of a photograph on Snapchat.
A video surfaced that reportedly showed members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma singing a racist song.
A vandal or vandals spray-painted a racial slur on a sign at the entrance to The Lincoln University, a historically Black educational institution in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
Dixie State University in St. George, Utah, has returned a statue depicting two Confederate soldiers, a Confederate flag, and a horse to the original artist.
A birthday cake was presented to a member of the Delta Gama sorority at the University of Maryland. Written on the stand supporting the cake was a racial slur. Photographs of the cake were posted on Instagram.
Racist messages were scrawled on dormitory room doors at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Black student said she was confronted by a White male who shouted “White Power!” at her and her friends.
The Department of Education has announced that Lehigh University has signed a voluntary resolution agreement to resolve a complaint filed by an alumna after a multicultural dormitory on campus was vandalized.
A large group of students held a peaceful demonstration in the administration building at Colgate University protesting acts of racism and bias that occurred on campus and by Colgate students on social media.
A women’s soccer player at Syracuse University in New York was suspended from the team after a video surfaced showing her using racial slurs. The university is investigating the incident.
The posters showed photographs of York students in the 1960s. All of the students in the photographs are white. A more recent photo showing a diverse group of students contained the caption, “Soon Whites will be the minority.”
This year 21 Black women were offered bids to join sororities at the University of Alabama. But Black women were just 1 percent of all new sororities members. The process was further tainted by a sorority member’s posting of a photograph with a racist caption.
Judge David S. Cunningham said he was was shoved against his car, handcuffed, and placed in the back of a police cruiser. He filed a $10 million claim against UCLA for excessive force and racial profiling.
Stephanie Dellande claimed that she was denied tenure and denied promotion to associate professor at Chapman University in California because she is an African American. The university settled the suit for $75,000.
The White professor claims that many White applicants were not seriously considered for employment because of their race and that faculty members and administrators had remarked that only African Americans were “suited” to teach at HBCUs.
Last November, the White students were accused of barricading a Black student in his room, displaying a Confederate flag, writing the word “nigger” on a white board in a common area, and attaching a metal bicycle lock around his neck.
Someone accessed the computer that controlled a projector at the Busch Student Center on the campus of Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri, and wrote a racist message that appeared on a large screen at the center.
Critics of the mural stated that Mason’s image reminded them of the minstrel era when African Americans were portrayed with darkened skin and white lips to exaggerate racial differences.
Dr. Carlos Minor states that he had been assigned to teach a course load that is double that of many of his colleagues and that his department chair treated him in a racist manner.
A Black woman student says she was doused with an alcoholic beverage by a group of men in a truck. One of the occupants of the truck called her a “Black nigger.”
A noose and an old Georgia state flag containing the Confederate Stars & Bars was placed over the statue of James Meredith on the campus of the University of Mississippi. The two perpetrators were heard yelling racial slurs.