Westfield State University in Massachusetts has started an investigation into “discriminatory and highly offensive language” after someone wrote a racist slur on a black student’s dorm door.
This is how your students of color get treated…. 3 days in a row of this. pic.twitter.com/QoGAqFiCcb
— Aubri (@sparky_33) September 19, 2017
The student, a senior at Westfield State, shared a photo on social media, saying someone wrote “n**gers live here” on a name tag on her door in New Hall, a housing complex on campus, reported The Root.
The student, who tagged Westfield State President Ramon Torrecilha and the college itself in the post, quickly received a response and support from the university community.
Torrecilha immediately sent out a message to the campus community, blatantly stating, “This is unacceptable & will not be tolerated. Those responsible will be held accountable. This is not the Westfield I know.”
“As we conduct a thorough investigation of this hateful activity, please know that we have increased our security and have put our residence hall staff on alert to be vigilant,” Torrecilha added in another statement.
People also started rallying on social media under the hashtag #OwlsFightBack.
From my roommate and myself as the ones directly affected; we’re here to tell y’all that the clapback is about to be serious #OwlsFightBack
— Aubri (@sparky_33) September 20, 2017
— Mitchell (@mitchgoulet) September 21, 2017
With recent events happening on our campus WSU women’s rugby doesn’t stand for racism or bigotry #OwlsFightBack
— WSU Womens Rugby (@WSUWomensRugby) September 20, 2017
Of the approximately 5,000 undergraduates at the school, 76% are white, 10% are Hispanic, 5% are black and 6% identify as two or more races.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)