Every time I think were moving forward we end up taking two steps back #Roommates! It’s sad in this day in age we still have to talk about race, but its clear it isn’t going away anytime soon. Students at American University were shocked when they saw bananas, with racist messages written on them, hanging around campus in nooses!
American University is investigating this racially insensitive situation, and the university’s president is calling it “crude and racially insensitive act of bigotry.”
“Racially charged acts of bigotry are done to instill fear and inflict pain in our community—especially at stressful times, such as at the end of the term,” university President Dr. Neil Kerwin said in a statement on Monday night. “I regret this happened, apologize to everyone offended, and state emphatically that this incident does not reflect what American University truly is.”
According to NBC News, the racist bananas mysteriously popped up on the same day that Student Government Association president Taylor Dumpson, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, started her first day on the job.
“As the first black woman AUSG president, I implore all of us to unite in solidarity with those impacted by this situation and we must remember that ‘if there is no struggle, there is no progress,’ ─ Frederick Douglass,” Dumpson said. “We must use this time to reflect on what we value as a community and we must show those in the community that bigotry, hate, and racism cannot and will not be tolerated.”
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