From the Washington Post on May 2, 2017 (keep in mind that the Washington Post building is 1,102 miles from St. Olaf College):
Protests erupt, classes canceled after racist notes enrage a Minnesota college By Lindsey Bever May 1From the Minneapolis Star-Tribune this afternoon:
Following days of demonstrations against hate speech at a liberal arts college in Minnesota, the school has reached an agreement with student protesters.
St. Olaf College President David Anderson sent an email to students late Monday stating that the administration had agreed with the student-led group “Collective For Change on The Hill,” which interrupted a college forum earlier in the day to present administrators with their demands.
…. The students had been protesting racism at the school in Northfield, Minn., since the weekend, when a black student reported having found a note on the windshield of her car that read: “I am so glad that you are leaving soon. One less n‑‑‑‑‑ that this school has to deal with. You have spoken up too much. You will change nothing. Shut up or I will shut you up.” Students gathered Saturday night inside a student union building, sharing their own on-campus experiences with racism and chanting: “This ends now.”
The protests continued through Monday, when students were expected to boycott. Then the school administration canceled classes “so that we may have time for faculty, students, and staff to continue the discussions about racism and diversity on our campus,” St. Olaf spokeswoman Kari VanDerVeen said at the time.
The racist note was the latest incident in a series of similar expressions against students.
“It’s been something that’s been going on all year,” Samantha Wells, a senior who said she found the racist note, told fellow students during the weekend demonstrations, according to the Northfield News. “We’ve done so much digging and this stuff has happened for decades. There’s one thing that happens and it stops and then it happens again and then it kind of stops. I think the big message is we shouldn’t let this happen again. The administration needs to do something that stops it indefinitely.”
“We are protesting to help change the institutional structure that perpetuates racism here at St. Olaf,” she told The Washington Post in an email Monday afternoon.
Wells and her fellow protesters presented the college president with an agreement, which includes assembling an autonomous task force to research the topics raised by the students’ demands. Those demands include administrative changes, such as racial and cultural sensitivity training; a curriculum that encourages a racial awareness and inclusion; and a policy on racial threats and hate crimes. …
In an April 21 email to students, Anderson, the college president, compared the recent incidents to a form of terrorism.
“I am as angry and frustrated as you are at the repeated violations of our values and community norms by someone who defaces the campus with scrawled racial epithets,” Anderson wrote. “I would love nothing more than to discover who is responsible for these acts and to remove that person from our community.”
“I say “that person” because I am pretty sure that this is the work of one or a small number of people. (It may not even be an Ole). This person uses the same modus operandi every time this happens; even the handwriting on the notes is similar from incident to incident.”
St. Olaf: Report of racist note on black student’s windshield was ‘fabricated’I first heard the term “campus climate” while reporting on a hate hoax at Claremont McKenna in Southern California. I will admit that the climate in Northfield, MN isn’t as nice.
School president made the revelation after first not disclosing the validity of the note but saying its author had confessed.
By Paul Walsh and Jennifer Brooks Star Tribune MAY 10, 2017 — 4:46PM
St. Olaf College’s president told the campus Wednesday that a fellow student confessed to writing a note with racist and threatening content and admitted that it was “fabricated” as an apparent “strategy to draw attention to concerns about the campus climate.”
The revelation came in the second of two e-mails sent Wednesday to students by President David R. Anderson, who said in his first communication that the college “confirmed that this was not a genuine threat. We’re confident that there is no ongoing threat from this incident to individuals or the community as a whole.”The Social Justice Jihadi racket is growing, but there are still not enough paid jobs in the field awaiting grads. If you want to stand out from the competition by being quoted in Washington Post as an expert on the campus climate of racism, well, maybe you just have to make something happen.
However, because of “many requests for more information,” Anderson said, he revealed the lack of racist intent behind the note, which black student Samantha Wells said was left on her windshield on April 29.
“We learned from the author’s confession that the note was fabricated,” the president said. “It was apparently a strategy to draw attention to concerns about the campus climate.” …
Wells, on social media early Wednesday afternoon, addressed the president’s disclosure. But it was unclear from what she wrote whether she acknowledges or denies being the note’s author.
“So, it looks like something made its way back to me in the investigation,” she wrote. “I will be saying it was a hoax. I don’t care. There is nothing more that I can do.”
The Star Tribune has yet to reach Wells for an explanation.
Commenter Publius chimes in:
“You have spoken up too much.”But do blacks actually read Ta-Nehisi Coates?
The only way this would have been a funnier note is if it was written from the perspective that could only have been gained from reading the entire published works of TNC. Try this next time:
“We people who believe we are white are going to redline your black bodies out of town and deny your existence.”