Race Relations on Campus Database

Periodically, JBHE Weekly Bulletin will publish a selection of racial incidents that have occurred on the campuses of colleges and universities. Here are the latest incidents:

• A black man who formerly served as an affirmative action officer at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, has filed a race discrimination lawsuit against the university. The man claims he faced discrimination after testifying against the university in a lawsuit several years ago. After truthfully testifying, he claims he saw a reduction in pay and was demoted. In 2008, the man claims he was forced to retire. (Camden Courier Post, 12-18-10)

• A group of black and Hispanic students at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, was charged with hate crime violations after an incident at a local restaurant. The students became agitated when a white man and a black man sat down at an adjoining table. One student allegedly made disparaging racial remarks and then smashed a plate on the head of the white man. The other students then punched and kicked the white man while he lay injured on the floor. (New York Daily News, 12-21-10)

• A black student at Mars Hill College in North Carolina was walking to class when he was verbally abused by white passengers in a pickup truck. The truck slowed down and one passenger stuck his head out the window and yelled “nigger.” (Asheville Citizen-Times, 1-6-11)