“Regardless of who created the drawing, we find such actions demeaning to all members of the campus community and against our core values.” So said Dane Foust, vice president of Student Affairs at Salisbury University in Maryland.
That’s all well and good, but it sort of misses the point that the identity of the perpetrators of the racist drawing is now known — and all of them are black.
The image, found April 10 on a whiteboard in Blackwell Library, showed a stick figure being hung and labeled with a racial slur. Underneath was the hashtag “#whitepower.”
The university confirmed Tuesday, April 26, the students involved in the incident were black, spokesman Richard Culver wrote in an email. The university would not provide names of the students, citing the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
The article goes on to note that the university police, having completed their investigation, has turned the matter back over to the university, which will now review whether university policy had been violated. If so, the students involved could face disciplinary action.
Interestingly, DelmarvaNow, which defines itself as “part of the USA Today Network,” adopts the same posture as the aforementioned vice president of student affairs. The article, that is, includes a video of interview with a black coed, who allows as how “there are still people who say racism isn’t real, and then things like that happen…. You just kind of feel like this overwhelming feeling — feeling sometimes like you’re the only person of color.”
Come again? If this interview was recorded before the investigation that revealed that this was a hoax, then why is it still there? If it was recorded more recently, how does this student justify her claim that a fraudulent act by social justice warriors confirms that racism is real?