A 52-year-old black man is being charged with destruction of property after allegedly getting caught spray-painting a swastika inside campus living quarters at the University of Maryland, according to Fox5.
Officials for the school discovered the swastika on a trash cart inside the fifth floor of Hagerstown Hall.
One student, apparently bewildered by the news, didn’t seem to recognize the possibility of Ronald Alford, Sr.’s artwork being an attempt to stage anti-Semitic sentiment at the college.
“I guess it proves that you don’t have to be a certain race to hate people,” student Abby Gorun told Fox5. “But I mean, it’s just you would think that someone, especially from a race that has been subjected to hate before, you would think why would you want to reciprocate that to somebody else?”
Alford is also being charged with disturbing the operations of a school and will be barred from entering campus, according to Fox5. Apparently he is not being charged with a hate crime, which is rather astonishing.
According to a study commissioned by the Anti-Defamation League cited in The Washington Post, blacks, despite their protests of being discriminated against, are three times as likely to hold deeply entrenched anti-Semitic views as whites and Asians. There is also a pronounced tendency among Hispanics to hold such views.
A hearing in court is slated for sometime next month.
Alford’s connection to the university and how he accessed the residence hall have not been revealed.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to the University of Maryland Police Department multiple times but received no comment in time for publication.
This report, by Eric Lieberman, was cross posted by arrangement with the Daily Caller News Foundation.