“egregious, racist, hateful act”
It is completely fair to view this entire incident with skepticism. It’s playing out in the same way two other stories did in recent weeks.
Bananas, nooses at American University spark protests, demands
It’s mid-May, and the talk around American University should be of graduation, internships and students’ plans for the summer. Instead, it’s about nooses and bananas.
Administrators at the Washington, D.C. school have been meeting with students and addressing a litany of demands after someone earlier this month sneaked around campus in the middle of the night hanging bananas from nooses.
Now, only days after AU’s 2017 graduates collected their hard-earned degrees, the FBI and United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia are helping campus police investigate what the school is calling a hate crime.
“We are working as hard as we can to identify those responsible for the egregious, racist, hateful act,” university President Neil Kerwin said in a statement last week.
The school has released surveillance video of the May 1 incident and offered a $1,000 reward for information “leading to positive suspect identification.”
The university also has turned a yet-to-open cafe into a sanctuary for students and allowed students of color to postpone their final exams. Both actions came in response to student demands.
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