Police and administrators at SUNY\’s New Paltz campus have launched a significant investigation after several racist signs were found, writes Philip Caulfield at the New York Daily News.
The school president said that on Nov. 8, a fountain on the very beginning of the university’s Humanities Building was found to have a small but prominent “Colored Only” sticker above it. Another sign in the shape of the hand giving the center finger was discovered in Lefevre Hall, a dorm, that said “Lynching n—ers program at 7:30 main lounge,\” was discovered.
The signs were torn down and given to campus police, and SUNY New Paltz president Donald Christian sent an e-mail to students condemning the incidents.
Two days later, however, another sign with “lynching” was spotted within an elevator, the school and students said.
Campus police have announced that they had a few leads, but no arrests have been made.
SUNY New Paltz president Christian required a campus-wide forum to address the incidents in statements provided to students this week.
“We condemn such serves as contrary to our community values, hopes, and aspirations,” Christian said within an email on Wednesday.
“While we cannot be aware of motivations of the person(s) accountable for these acts, getting them splinter our community might feed into [their] goals. We should not allow that happen.”
Junior Jonathan Espinosa, 20, said he was one of the first to see water fountain sticker. He told the Daily News that some suspected the signs were posted responding to Black Solidarity Day, a Nov. 8.
The event meant many black students were given the day off and away to gather off campus and celebrate their heritage.
“We joined together peacefully among each other as friends and family. And for this to occur the day after was very shocking,” he explained.
The university’s student association and black student union held a talk dubbed \”Racism at SUNY New Paltz\” now.
\”Some students have said to ignore it, however it think if we continue ignore it, we enable to individuals to continue to do stuff like this,\” Espinosa said.