From USA Today:
Black students connected in SU racist drawingWhy aren’t hate hoaxes prosecutable as hate crimes? They use fraud to stir up racial hatred.
By Emily Chappell, DelmarvaNow 10:00 am EDT April 27, 2016
The students identified as the people behind a recent racist drawing found at Salisbury University’s library are black, school officials confirmed Tuesday.
The image, found April 10 on a whiteboard in Blackwell Library, showed a stick figure being hung and labeled with a racial slur. Underneath was the hashtag “#whitepower.”
The university confirmed Tuesday, April 26, the students involved in the incident were black, spokesman Richard Culver wrote in an email. The university would not provide names of the students, citing the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
This information was first reported in the university’s student newspaper, The Flyer.
Since the incident, Salisbury University Police Department has completed its investigation, Culver said. In consultation with the Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office, the department has decided to not file criminal charges at this time.
Granted, these frauds are designed to engender hatred of white people, so I guess that’s okay.
Anyway, the real problem with hate hoaxes is that they temporarily hurt the feelings of the Official Victim Groups:
… Matthew Jackson, a senior at the university, said whoever drew that image didn’t understand the severity of it, and the fact that people were actually lynched throughout history. And that’s an issue, he said.Is “despite” the mot juste in that sentence? Why not “because of” instead?
“The main problem … was that someone thought it was a joke,” he added. “(It was) an act of immaturity.”
For that sort of image to pop up in this day and age, Jackson said, shows the disjoint of education. People don’t know what happened, or don’t know how severe it was. They don’t seem to understand slavery and racism are not something to make light of.
Jackson said he’s had contact with the administration and that there’s a hope to have a meeting in coming weeks about what happened, and the goals students have been working toward in education and diversity.
The incident reignited the conversation around race on the Eastern Shore campus — a conversation that’s been at the forefront both locally and nationally for a while now.
Following the incident, University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach [Email her] released a letter to students and faculty.
“Diversity is a core value of SU, and reports of such acts are taken seriously. The university will not tolerate this kind of language or behavior,” Eshbach wrote.
As of fall 2014, 2,156 students at the school out of 8,770 were minority students, according to the most recent Cultural Diversity Progress Report. Minority students now make up 25 percent of the student population, based on that report.
But despite Eshbach’s goals of diversity, and increases in minority students on campus, racial tensions have still run high during the last year.
Just before Thanksgiving, the president called a meeting with minority student leaders to discuss race relations on campus. It’s a meeting that ended abruptly, with students reading a letter asking for more time, and walking out.The more evidence piles up that we’re phonies, the more money you’d better pay us.
“As students of color, WE DO NOT point fingers nor cast blame for the lack of awareness and understanding in regards to the black experience here at Salisbury University, keeping in mind that racism and cultural segregation existed long before any of us stepped foot on campus,” the letter read.
“However, we refuse to deny that the current environment on campus takes a huge toll on the psyche of students of color affected by the subconscious oppression.”
Jackson was one of those students at the meeting. He and other student leaders have been working to move forward with diversity initiatives holding forums and talking to students all year long.
When the racist graffiti showed up, it was a hurtful gesture, especially after all the work they’d tried to do, he had said.
“After we’ve already been making these strides … to see something like this. … It goes to show that there’s still work to be done,” Jackson said earlier this month.