Black Former UMD Employee Charged With Drawing a Swastika on Campus

ashley.rae | October 17, 2017
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While hate symbols appearing on college campuses are usually met with cries of “white supremacy,” it turns out the man who drew a swastika at the University of Maryland is actually a black man.

Fox5DC reports 52-year-old Ronald Alford Sr., a black man, is currently facing charges related to the destruction of property after a painting of a swastika was found on a trash cart in a residence hall on the UMD campus on Sept. 27.

Asked how students feel that the man accused of drawing the swastika is part of a “historically oppressed minority group,” one student said, “When it happened, we all thought it was a student who went here and lived in the building, so I was kind of like, ‘I have to live here. What if he still goes here?’”

“I guess it proves that you don't have to be a certain race to hate people, but I mean, it's just you would think that someone, like, especially from a race that has been subjected to hate before, you would think, why would you want to reciprocate that to somebody else? I guess that’s the world we live in today,” she continued.

According to the Diamondback, the UMD campus newspaper, Alford is a former UMD employee.

Alford will not be allowed back on campus.

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