Students Called to Protest Racially-Charged Graffitti at York University

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

An Urgent call to action went out of last week. On the 21st or 22nd of January, just after Martin Luther King Jr. Day was observed in the United States the office door of the York University Black Students Alliance (YUBSA) was vandalized with racist slurs.

Urgent Call to Black students and Allies!

Join us this TUESDAY to demonstrate our collective resistance to systemic racism at York University and beyond. Writings left on the YUBSA Door read: 'niggas go back to Africa' and there was a second sign in the washroom saying, 'all niggers must die.'"

In light of the recent racist writings on the YUBSA door and the general chilly campus climate; we invite you all to stand in solidarity with us to reiterate our demands louder and stronger. They are:

1. Public condemnation of the acts by the President of York University
2. An investigation into the incident
3. Black students be apart of the administrative committees for devising and implementing policies related to racism, oppression and student community life
4. A safety audit to be conducted by an external third party group such as Metrac

It is up to our collective will and concerted efforts to ensure our demands are met and voices are heard.

Tuesday January 29
York University, 4700 Keele Street
Vari Hall
1 pm

York University's President issued a statement condemning the vandalism. A small rally was held on the 24th of January, the same day President Mamdouh Shoukri issued the above linked statement.

The University of Guelph is no stranger to hate crimes In the past three academic years saw numerous take place. In 2004-2005 there were 17 hate crimes as defined by University of Guelph Campus Community Police. In 2005-2006 there were 11 and 18 incidents were reported last year.

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