University Calls Police, Offers Counseling After Black Lives Matter Message Defaced

AP Photo/Evan Vucci
AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Administrators at the University of Iowa called the police and are offering counseling sessions after a Black Lives Matter message on a whiteboard was defaced.

“On the evening of Friday, May 6, 2016, someone wrote offensive drawings on a whiteboard. The drawings were racially biased and defaced what was a positive Black Lives Matter statement with hate-speech directed at Black and African American people as an ethnic and racial group,” according to a memo obtained by the The College Fix.

“If you have been impacted by this incident, and would like to talk more about it, feel free to contact me directly so that we can meet,” the memo stated. It was written by assistant director of residence education Monica Marcelo.

The memo also adds that there other help resources are available if the “incident has invoked a strong reaction from you,” such as university counseling, office of the ombudsperson, and the “center for diversity and enrichment.” Campus police have also been asked to investigate the incident.

“University of Iowa Police responded and are investigating the incident,” Anne Bassett, a campus spokeswoman, told The College Fix. “We will not tolerate anything but a safe and inclusive campus for students of all backgrounds. No one should feel that their race or any aspect of their identity makes them a target.”

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