Campus Racial Incidents

Former Assistant Dean at Millersville University in Pennsylvania Files Race Discrimination Lawsuit

Former Assistant Dean at Millersville University in Pennsylvania Files Race Discrimination Lawsuit

The suit alleges severe harassment from her superiors, including leaving her out of important meetings, denying opportunities for advancement, being passed over for promotion, and interfering with an attempt to hire a Black student to assist her.

Racists Stage a Vehicle Parade Through the Campus of Elon University in North Carolina

Racists Stage a Vehicle Parade Through the Campus of Elon University in North Carolina

Occupants of the vehicles were heard to yell “White Power!” as they passed through campus. The protestors also yelled “No they don’t” as onlookers who held Black Lives Matter signs.

University of Michigan-Dearborn Apologizes for What Appeared to Be Segregated Chat Rooms

University of Michigan-Dearborn Apologizes for What Appeared to Be Segregated Chat Rooms

The University of Michigan-Dearborn recently hosted two concurrent virtual conversations, which were called “cafes.” One was for people of color and the other for those who are not people of color. The use of the word “cafe” caused some people on campus to believe that the university was establishing racially segregated facilities.

White Supremacist Spray Paints Racist Messages on University of Wisconsin Buildings

White Supremacist Spray Paints Racist Messages on University of Wisconsin Buildings

Among the messages spray-painted on buildings were “Aryan Brotherhood,” and “White Lives Matter Most.” After examining security camera footage, police arrested a 71-year-old White man and charged him with five counts of criminal damage to property.

Hardin-Simmons University Student Posts Racist Video on Social Media

Hardin-Simmons University Student Posts Racist Video on Social Media

A student at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, is no longer enrolled at the university, after it was discovered that she posted a racist video on social media.

As Protestors Take to the Streets, the Haters Still Lurk in the Academic World

As Protestors Take to the Streets, the Haters Still Lurk in the Academic World

Amidst what may be the greatest wave of protests for racial justice ever seen in the United States, it is not surprising that there have been reactions from those who hold bigoted or racist views.

Racist Zoombombs Oklahoma City University's Online Graduation Ceremony

Racist Zoombombs Oklahoma City University’s Online Graduation Ceremony

On May 9, Oklahoma City University held its graduation online on the Zoom platform. During the benediction offered by student Jay Williams, the hacker displayed a swastika and a racial slur on the screen.

Racists Zoombomb Black Student Group at the University of South Carolina

Racists Zoombomb Black Student Group at the University of South Carolina

During an online social gathering of the Association of African American Students at the University of South Carolina, racist individuals crashed the Zoom meeting and proceeded to post a plethora of images, videos, and messages containing racist slurs and derogatory terms.

Race Is the Most Frequent Motivation for Hate Crimes on College Campuses

Race Is the Most Frequent Motivation for Hate Crimes on College Campuses

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education and the Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that there were 860 hate crimes on college and university campuses that were reported to the police or campus security agencies in 2015. The actual number of hate crime incidents is probably much higher.

Professor at Wake Forest University Apologizes for Reading the N-Word Aloud in Class

Professor at Wake Forest University Apologizes for Reading the N-Word Aloud in Class

In teaching a class on free speech, a Wake Forest University professor read portions of a Supreme Court decision that included the n-word.

Racist Incidents at Southern Oregon University in Ashland

Racist Incidents at Southern Oregon University in Ashland

A racial slur was written on the door of an African American resident assistant at Southern Oregon University. Later a swastika was found at the same residence hall.

University Recruiter Asks African American Students to Line Up by Skin Tone and Hair Style

University Recruiter Asks African American Students to Line Up by Skin Tone and Hair Style

The recruiter for Oklahoma Chrisitian University asked the African American students to line up based on the tone of their skin from lightest to darkest. He then told the students to line up in a different order with those with the straightest hair in front and those with the “nappiest hair” in back.

Once Again, Racist Graffiti Found on the Campus of Salisbury University in Maryland

Once Again, Racist Graffiti Found on the Campus of Salisbury University in Maryland

Charles Wright, president of Salisbury University, canceled classes for one day after racist graffiti was found in two campus buildings. A day later, the university announced that a suspect had been identified.

Carnegie Mellon University Created a Map That Excluded Some Black Neighborhoods of Pittsburgh

Carnegie Mellon University Created a Map That Excluded Some Black Neighborhoods of Pittsburgh

The map labeled some of the neighborhoods near the university. But there were oddly-shaped blank spaces on the map. As it turns out some of these blank spaces were neighborhoods with predominantly Black populations.

White Supremacists Are Increasingly Targeting College Campuses to Spread Their Propaganda

White Supremacists Are Increasingly Targeting College Campuses to Spread Their Propaganda

Approximately one-fourth (630) of the total (2,711) White supremacist propaganda incidents in 2019 took place on campus – nearly double the 320 campus incidents counted in 2018. During the 2019 fall semester, ADL counted 410 incidents on campus – more than double any proceeding semester.

Chapman University Student Utters Racist Tirade in University Classroom

Chapman University Student Utters Racist Tirade in University Classroom

A student at Chapman University in Orange, California, was arrested on several charges after he uttered a racist tirage in a university classroom, destroyed university property, and resisted arrest.

George Washington University President Apologizes for Racially Insensitive Remarks

George Washington University President Apologizes for Racially Insensitive Remarks

Thomas J. LeBlanc was asked if he would divest securities of fossil fuel companies if a majority of students called for it. In response he said: “What if the majority of the students agreed to shoot all the Black people here? Do I say, ‘Ah, well the majority voted?’”

Racial Slur Found Written on a Black Student's Dormitory Door at the University of Richmond

Racial Slur Found Written on a Black Student’s Dormitory Door at the University of Richmond

Police at the University of Richmond in Virginia reported that three incidents of racism occurred on campus late last month. In one incident, an African American student had a racial slur written on the name tag on her dormitory room door.

Black Student Files Lawsuit Against Texas Christian University

Black Student Files Lawsuit Against Texas Christian University

According to the lawsuit, the Black student went on a trip to Washington, D.C. last summer with other members of the university’s Honors College and was subjected to abuse by other students and faculty.

Syracuse University Taking Further Efforts to Improve Campus Climate for Black Students

Syracuse University Taking Further Efforts to Improve Campus Climate for Black Students

After a series of racial incidents occurred on campus during the fall semester, Syracuse University announced that it would take steps to improve the campus climate for African American students who make up 6 percent of the student body and students from other underrepresented groups.

Former Employee Charges Clark College With Racial Discrimination

Former Employee Charges Clark College With Racial Discrimination

The school’s former diversity outreach manager stated that the administration’s behavior created a hostile and stressful work environment that resulted in her becoming physically ill from stress.

Was a White Power Hand Symbol Used at the Army-Navy Football Game?

Was a White Power Hand Symbol Used at the Army-Navy Football Game?

During the pregame telecast, students were seen using an upside-down OK hand gesture that has been ruled a hate symbol by the Anti-Defamation League. The OK hand symbol used upside down is said to form the letters WP and has been used by some far-right groups as a symbol for “White Power.”

White Student Gives Racist Rant on "Open Mic" Night at Bryant University in Rhode Island

White Student Gives Racist Rant on “Open Mic” Night at Bryant University in Rhode Island

In a stand-up comedy act, the student stated: “It’s amazing. White people, we can’t really tell Black people what to do anymore. We used to be able to do that. But we can’t anymore.”

Five Football Players Suspended for Racist Social Media Posts at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Five Football Players Suspended for Racist Social Media Posts at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

The students ridiculed Black Male Empowerment, a student organization on campus and included a photograph of a Ku Klux Klan cross-burning ceremony with the post.

Black Students Confronted by Racial Slurs at the University of Florida

Black Students Confronted by Racial Slurs at the University of Florida

The Black students were in a van operated by Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol, a free service to provide safe transportation for students around campus. The van was approached by two White male students, one of whom used a racial slur.

After a Racist Incident, Syracuse University Suspends All Social Activities of Fraternities

After a Racist Incident, Syracuse University Suspends All Social Activities of Fraternities

An African American woman was targeted with a racial slur as she walked by a fraternity house. The student newspaper at the university reported that recently “at least 10 hate crimes or bias-related incidents have been reported on or near campus.”

Racist Graffiti Found on the Campus of Salisbury University in Maryland

Racist Graffiti Found on the Campus of Salisbury University in Maryland

The latest incident included the threat of violence. The message scrawled on a stairway wall contained a racial slur and referred to the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 people dead.

Two White Students Arrested for Yelling Racial Slurs at the University of Connecticut

Two White Students Arrested for Yelling Racial Slurs at the University of Connecticut

The White male students were charged with ridicule on account of creed, religion, color, denomination, nationality or race. They were released pending a court date.

Toilet Paper Noose Hung on Dormitory Door at Michigan State

Toilet Paper Noose Hung on Dormitory Door at Michigan State

The university reported the incident to campus police and after investigating the incident, decided that it was a “Halloween prank” and was not intended to “offend anyone or denote any racial bias.”

Black Students Respond to Racist Incident on the Campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder

Black Students Respond to Racist Incident on the Campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder

Two Black students at the University of Colorado at Boulder were verbally abused by a White woman who is not affiliated with the university. After the incident, the Black Student Alliance issued a set of demands to the university’s administration.

University of Wisconsin Video Touting Diversity Comes Up Short

University of Wisconsin Video Touting Diversity Comes Up Short

The student homecoming committee at the University of Wisconsin-Madison posted a video online touting the university’s diversity. But the video was criticized and pulled offline when it became apparent that few students of color appeared in the video.

Four White Students at Colorado State Posed for Photo In Blackface

Four White Students at Colorado State Posed for Photo In Blackface

The university president issued a statement saying that the photo caused a great deal of pain to members of the university community, but that the social media posting was protected by the First Amendment and the students would not be punished.

Black Student Attacked on the Campus of the University of Arizona

Black Student Attacked on the Campus of the University of Arizona

A Black student at the University of Arizona was accosted by two White students who used racial slurs. When the African American student told the two White students to stop the verbal abuse, he was attacked. The Black student was punched in the head and kicked while he lay on the ground.

Faculty Members at Wake Forest University Receive Racist Emails

Faculty Members at Wake Forest University Receive Racist Emails

The messages were directed to faculty and staff in the department of sociology, the department of women, gender and sexuality studies, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the LGBTQ+ Center, and the Intercultural Center.

Noose Found in a Residence Hall on the Campus of the University of Illinois

Noose Found in a Residence Hall on the Campus of the University of Illinois

The on-campus group Black Students for Revolution issued a statement expressing disappointment that two days after the noose was found campus officials had not made any statement about the incident.

New Report Documents the Rise of Racial Hate on College and University Campuses

New Report Documents the Rise of Racial Hate on College and University Campuses

The report document that in 2016, more than 1,000 hate crimes were committed on college campuses across the country. Furthermore, the report finds that between 2011 and 2016, there was a 40 percent increase in campus hate crimes.