“Such violation of student space, with apparent disregard for how this language can cause harm, is unacceptable.”
It seems like this is happening at one or two schools a month. What’s going on?
Emerson College is investigating racist graffiti found in dorm
Derogatory words toward Asian and Asian-American students appeared on multiple doors in an Emerson campus dorm hall, just days after swastikas were found scrawled across campus stairwells, according to an email the college’s president, Lee Pelton, sent to the campus community on Sunday.
Staff found the graffiti on Friday in the Little Building, a new 12-story dorm on Boylston Street. The occupants of each vandalized room, the email reads, are of varied cultural backgrounds, but this is the second report of offensive language toward Asian students in the Little Building.
“These racist words, unworthy of repeating, cause harm to Asians and Asian-Americans and the broader Emerson community, and I am deeply troubled that this vandalism follows so closely on the heels of anti-Semitic symbols found in another residence hall,” Pelton wrote. “Such violation of student space, with apparent disregard for how this language can cause harm, is unacceptable.”
Emerson’s Office of Housing & Residence Education has offered support to those students directly affected by the incident and encouraged others to reach out to other campus resources, Pelton said.
Students used social media to speak out about the anti-Semitic graffiti, stating that it isn’t the first hateful message to taint Emerson’s halls.
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