“an attempt to curtail spaces that are safe for people of color”
Is this just another campus hoax? Are we to believe there are racists stalking the campus of Harvard University?
NBC News reports:
Harvard student groups condemn anti-Asian attack on council president
A number of student-led groups are speaking out after two posters containing racist messages were stuck on the door of Michael Cheng, president of the undergraduate council of Harvard University, on Monday.
At least two dozen student groups, including the Task Force for Asian American Progressive Advocacy and Studies, the Harvard Korean Association and Harvard Dharma, have signed a letter in support of Cheng.
The posters, viewed by NBC Asian America, used anti-Asian racial slurs and said “Save the UC,” referring to an undergraduate council election. They were posted on the dorm room door of Cheng, who is Asian American.
The incident follows a heated undergraduate council presidential election, in which he was elected president.
“It’s disappointing that I feel desensitized to all this noise, even though this is just objectively racist,” Cheng told The Harvard Crimson, which reported the news first.
Following the incident, he is also requesting an apology from the alleged harassers.
Cheng didn’t respond to NBC News’ requests for comment.
Angie Shin, a co-president of the Harvard-Radcliffe Asian American Women’s Association, said she felt the incident was an attempt to curtail spaces that are safe for people of color.
“It was a direct attack at what any community should normally strive to hold, which is that people of color matter and their places of rest matter,” she said.
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