Student protesters blamed Trump: “White supremacists are getting pretty bold now with Donald Trump as president.”
A minority student at Goucher College in Maryland has been arrested following the revelation that he was behind racist graffiti recently discovered on campus. Just yesterday, we covered a similar incident at Drake University in Iowa.
Megan Sheets reports at the Daily Mail:
Black college lacrosse player, 21, is arrested for spraying N-word and swastika graffiti targeting HIMSELF and other minority students in two incidents that terrorized the campus
A black college lacrosse player has been arrested in connection with two incidents of racist graffiti found in a dorm on the Goucher College campus in Maryland.
Fynn Ajani Arthur, a 21-year-old from Brunswick, Maine, was charged with two counts of malicious destruction of property on Thursday night in Baltimore County.
His arrest came after graffiti aimed at black and Latino students was found on the second floor of a campus dorm, one floor above where similar graffiti had been found on November 14, Goucher College administrators said in a statement.
Both incidents that shook the Towson campus involved backward swastikas and targeted specific individuals, according to the statement.
Thursday’s graffiti depicted swastikas, the letters ‘KKK’ and appeared to include the last names of four black students, including Arthur. The previous graffiti reportedly said all ‘n*****s’ on campus would be killed.
Here is Arthur’s booking photo:
#BCoPD makes arrest in 2 incidents of threatening racially biased graffiti @gouchercollege. 21 yr old student Fynn Arthur charged & held without bail. Details: https://t.co/aGxFPdsFKM ^JzP pic.twitter.com/lyE6oPKj2P
— Baltimore County Police Department (@BaltCoPolice) November 30, 2018
WBALTV has more:
Baltimore County police said Fynn Arthur, 21, of Brunswick, Maine, has been arrested in connection with the racist graffiti. He faces two counts of malicious destruction of property. Police said Arthur, who is biracial, confessed to writing racially charged graffiti…
Arthur’s parents told the judge this behavior is totally out of character.
“I’m not sure I understand this case. Is he clamoring for attention?” the judge asked.
“We are surprised by this. He has not exhibited this type of behavior,” Arthur’s parents said.
Arthur is a public health and biology major who classmates said is on the lacrosse team. He is one semester away from graduating. Goucher banned him from campus and will hold a discipline hearing on the case. The judge released Arthur on his own recognizance to his parents.
Some classmates find it hard to believe that Arthur is responsible because they know him.
“I’m still in shock right now. I’m just processing everything with friends and my community here,” said Nailah Jones, a student.
Just as we saw at Drake University, Goucher College students responded to this incident with a protest before it was known to be a hoax.
Catherine Rentz reports at the Baltimore Sun:
African-American Goucher College students respond to racist graffiti, threat with ‘Black Out’
More than 100 African-American Goucher College students conducted what they termed a “Black Out” on the Towson campus all day Friday to protest the most recent episode of hate-filled graffiti at a Maryland school.
“Hey hey, ho ho, this racist s— has got to go,” they chanted in the Mary Fisher dining hall…
“We are demonstrating today to ask Goucher to be accountable,” said JaVaunte Neumann, 21, a junior majoring in political science. “I’ve seen white supremacy be tolerated. Now, students are angry. White supremacists are getting pretty bold now with Donald Trump as president. We are at the point where we can’t wait for the administration or Baltimore County Police.”
Here’s a video report on one of the demonstrations:
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