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February 10, 2012

Prejudice displayed on Monclair State University campus


The day San Francisco’s federal appeals court ruled that same-sex marriages were “unconstitutional,” the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer community at Montclair State University held a peaceful rally in support of Proposition 8.

However, for the second time this month, MSU has experienced “hate.”

In the Heights, which is the school’s newest residence hall, African Americans were the target. On one door the graffiti read, “N***** black b****** you will die wit the phages.”

According to “The Montclarion,” the university newspaper, Aisha Salaam, president of the National Association for the Advanced of Colored People for MSU, said, “As the NAACP president this is not something I tolerate; I don’t take it lightly. I feel as though if we call each other the ‘red hawk family,’ we need to act accordingly.”    

Dr. Susan Coleman, president of MSU, sent an email out to the community assuring that “The University has a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy for bias intimidation and discrimination, along with an unswerving commitment to providing an environment that is inclusive, free of discrimination, bullying or harassment, and is welcoming to persons from all racial, ethnic, social and cultural backgrounds.”

She urged MSU to remember the positive messages displayed during yesterday’s rally.  Coleman wants the university and its constituents to remember that “We Are as One.”

Still, some students are concerned about the safety of the campus.

On Jan 26, the LGBTQ and the MSU community learned of an indescribable incident where the words “Die F***” were written on a wall in the Student Center. The following day a written note with the words “you will soon die F***” was left under a door on campus, and on Jan. 30, the words “F***will die on 2/7,” was written on a wall near a women’s restroom.      

Coleman said that a “rigorous investigation” is underway and the university has reached out The Bias Response Team for their help as well.

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