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Racist graffiti found on Tufts campus after Africana Center event
Racist graffiti was found on the campus of Tufts University this week, prompting anger among the student body and an official investigation.
The graffiti was found on and near the Tufts cannon, a replica based on those from the USS Constitution. Over the years, a tradition emerged where students paint over the cannon at night and guard it until daybreak. Those messages traditionally stay until someone else paints over them on a subsequent night. In 2018, thousands of pounds of paint were removed from the cannon.
On Sept. 16, the university’s Africana Center held its annual retreat for first-year students, which culminated in a painting of the cannon. The next morning, students found “messages invoking anti-blackness” defiling their work, the Tufts Pan-Afrikan Alliance said in an Instagram post.
“The over-painting of the cannon is unacceptable and very clearly an attack on the Black student body,” the organization said.
In addition, there was graffiti that “was potentially anti-Asian,” according to a message sent to the Tufts community from Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Monroe France.
Images obtained by Boston.com show the words “Asian Invasion” spray-painted on the cannon, around its base, and on a nearby tree. The message “F— U” was also painted on the cannon.
“When incidents of this kind occur, we all suffer, because our aspiration of being a welcoming community for all is undermined,” France wrote.
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