For the second time this year, American University is investigating allegedly offensive fliers placed on campus as a public safety incident. This time, the suspect fliers celebrate the Confederacy.
American University’s student newspaper, The Eagle, reports ten signs reading “Huzzah for Dixie,” with a Confederate flag and pieces of cotton, were spotted on top of multiple fliers on campus on Tuesday night.
The posters were discovered on campus the night that Dr. Ibram Kendi was giving a talk called “A Vision for Equality,” sponsored by the Antiracist Research and Policy Center. In a statement, Vice President of Campus Life Fanta Aw said the school supports Kendi’s mission and “we will not be deterred by this cowardly attempt at intimidation.”
Aw encouraged students to report any information pertaining to the Dixie signs to the school’s Public Safety department.
American University President Sylvia M. Burwell said she was “angered and saddened” by the “racist posters” on campus. She also said it will be investigated by the University Police as a “bias incident.”
The American University Public Safety Twitter feed has posted about the suspect, who appears to be wearing construction gear:
"This is not a person of interest. The person in the photographs, in the video... is the suspect who committed this crime," Phil Morse says pic.twitter.com/IrRnqH10fB— American University (@AmericanU) September 27, 2017
This marks the second time the university are conducting an investigation into fliers campus. In March 2017, the school opened a hate crime investigation into anti-feminist fliers on campus.
According to the crime alerts on the American University website, the anti-feminist incident is being investigated as “vandalism-hate,” while the pro-Confederacy fliers are “defacing property-bias related.”
The two flier incidents are currently the only crimes listed on the crime alerts page for the 2017.
American University also recently made headlines when students discovered bananas and nooses on campus in May. That incident, however, is not currently listed as a 2017 public safety incident on the crime alerts page.
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