Disrupted Event and Anti-Mexican Graffiti at DePaul U

May 25, 2016

A protest at DePaul University on Tuesday disrupted and ended a speech by Milo Yiannopoulos, a writer for the conservative website Breitbart.com whose campus speeches have led to protests at many colleges. Yiannopoulos, who criticizes feminism and diversity efforts on campuses, was speaking when others got on the stage and started speaking over him. A video posted to YouTube by Breitbart.com shows the events (and has been confirmed by local press accounts). The disruption starts around 46:30 in the video, after a comment by Yiannopoulos on microaggressions.

Tuesday started off with different tensions at DePaul. Someone painted "Trump 2016" and a slur against Mexicans on the sidewalk of a main quad. Unlike chalkings that wash away, these statements were made in paint, and the university filed a criminal complaint.

The Reverend Dennis H. Holtschneider, president of DePaul, issued this statement: “The markings in the quad last night run contrary to the type of environment we foster at DePaul. Destruction of property and profanity are never acceptable ways to voice opinions. This slur against Mexicans goes against everything DePaul stands for. We will work to identify the individual, file charges with the police and bring the university's disciplinary process to bear. If anyone has knowledge of this matter, I ask them to come forward."

Later in the day, the university Twitter account said a student admitted being responsible for the incident.

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