The College at Brockport is responding to racially charged graffiti found in a student’s resident hall.
Students attending the College at Brockport lined up to sign the Better Community Pledge, a Commitment to Respect Diversity on Campus.
This is in response to a message that was left on an African American student’s door who lives at Gordon hall. He says he returned to his room after breakfast and saw this message written on his white board outside his door. The “N word” followed by the words “deserve to die”.
“I know it was directed towards an African American male this why they wrote what they wrote on the board. It’s a shame that someone would go out of their way to write that.” says Richard Mills a student who lives in Gordon Hall.
In response to this offense Brockport held an event encouraging students to sign a better community pledge, a commitment to respect diversity on campus. Kathryn Wilson, Vice President of Student Affairs says this matter is being taken very seriously. “This incident is under investigation at the end of the investigation, there may be criminal charges there will certainly be conduct charges and something this serious would mean separation from the college.”
Students signing the pledge say they are not surprised at this comment given the climate of our nation. They say this is an example of how history repeats itself.
“It’s something you read about in seventh grade and as you constantly get older you start to see it for yourself. There is no reason that something that I read in Social Studies in seventh grade and I was like twelve years old and i am seeing and I am twenty two years old. It’s ten years later and I am seeing something that has been going on for over sixty years” says Tyler Mosley a student at Brockport.
Wilson says she hopes the signing of this pledge will bring awareness and remind students that our differences help to create a unique learning environment.