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More Racist Graffiti at Eastern Michigan

November 1, 2016
 

In September, students and others at Eastern Michigan University were shaken by several incidents of racist graffiti being found on campus. On Monday, the university was again roiled, this time by a large spray-painted message -- using the N-word -- urging black people to leave. The university has offered a reward for information leading authorities to the person or persons responsible. On social media, some are saying Eastern Michigan hasn't done enough to prevent such incidents.

Jim Smith, president of the university, released a statement condemning the racist message.

"The deeper and systemic issues that are behind these incidents continue to be a focus for our student leaders, our faculty, our administration and all who care about this institution and the welfare of our students. These incidents run counter to the values and mission of the university and our actions over the past several weeks and going forth have and will continue to reflect that," he said. "Again, I am personally angered and saddened, and want to convey my strong sense of resolve in finding out who is behind these incidents and in continuing to come together as a campus community to confront hate and racism, and promote an environment of mutual understanding and inclusion."

 
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