Racial Slur Written on a Sign Outside the Center for Black Culture at Duke University

A sign on the outside of the Center for Black Culture at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, was defaced with a racial slur. Someone wrote the word “Niggers” on the sign in one-inch tall letters. The sign was immediately covered and will be repainted.

In an email to the campus community, Vincent Price, the president of Duke University, said that “such a cowardly and hateful act has absolutely no place in our community. While we can’t undo or unsee this painful assault on our right to live and study in a civil and respectful environment, we can and do promise that odious acts like this will be acknowledged and challenged at every opportunity. . . . Let us not allow provocateurs to sow among us discord or malice; let us reaffirm and act upon our commitments to inclusion, tolerance and respect.”

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