A press release from Northwestern U. in Evanston, IL:
University condemns acts of hate
April 22, 2019
Following are updates about investigations into three recent incidents on Northwestern’s Evanston campus.
On Friday, Vice President for Student Affairs Patricia Telles-Irvin sent a message to the community to inform you of two disturbing incidents that occurred in recent weeks, acts that violate University standards and our collective principles of civility and inclusiveness. The incidents included racist symbols or phrases that do not reflect our values and are unacceptable at Northwestern.
Unfortunately, we write you this morning to inform you about a similar incident that was discovered over the weekend. On Saturday evening, a student contacted the Northwestern Police Department to say he observed a second sticker that read “It’s Okay to Be White,” this time in a bathroom stall in the Main Library. The student told police he removed the sticker and threw it away, but forwarded a picture of the sticker to investigators. The restroom is located along the northwest corridor leading to the arts collection in Deering Library.
Officers searched nearby common areas of the Main, Deering and Mudd libraries and did not find any similar stickers. However, given that we have discovered two such stickers this month, it’s possible additional stickers could be placed on our campus in the days and weeks to come, and community members could find them.
As stated in the Friday email to campus, University leadership — and the Northwestern community — will not tolerate such acts of hate occurring at Northwestern and causing any members of our community to feel unsafe or singled out for discrimination.
Let us be absolutely clear: Northwestern University does not discriminate or permit discrimination or harassment by any member of its community against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, marital status, age, disability, citizenship status, veteran status, genetic information or any other classification protected by law in the matters of admissions, employment, housing, services or in educational programs or activities we operate.
You can read the University’s full Policy on Discrimination and Harassment, as well as Northwestern’s Title IX Statement.
Any such discrimination simply will not be tolerated. Northwestern Police continue to investigate this incident, along with the previous acts reported to the community on Friday. If we find that University policies have been violated, appropriate processes and action will be taken. Northwestern University would hold an individual or individuals responsible and accountable for every policy violated, including harassment, discrimination, damage to property or any other.
If you have information about any of the incidents that have occurred on our campus in recent weeks, we urge you to contact the Northwestern Police Department at 847-491-3456.
In other news, while the Kate Smith statue in Philadelphia was toppled on Easter Sunday, Kate Smith’s mortal remains are still in their resting place, alarmingly undesecrated.
Seriously, keep in mind that this was a hockey team that tore down Kate Smith’s statue. By next year, Augusta National Golf Club will dynamite its Hogan Bridge because Ben Hogan liked to listen to Amos ‘n’ Andy on the radio.
(Note: I was just rereading this and I realize that in the Current Year, there’s a major danger that somebody will take my facetiousness seriously and demand that the Hogan Bridge on the 12th hole at Augusta be blown up. So, believe me, I was just kidding. In fact, the one time Ben Hogan heard Amos ‘n’ Andy on the radio he immediately pounded golf tees into his eardrums so he would never hear anything racist again.)