UPDATE: After Sennia Vann found a “Go away” tag followed by a racial slur on her dorm room door late Saturday, a second incident involving a racist tag was also reported at the Cabrini University campus.
On Tuesday, just one day after students held a prayer service following Saturday's racist incident, two more doors were tagged with more attacks and racial slurs.
This time around, the two doors sported “Go away too” followed by the N-word.
According to a Cabrini University spokesperson, the college continues “to work with [the] Radnor Police Department on collecting evidence as we work to identify this person, or persons, who so blatantly go against everything we are as a diverse institution.”
So far, no suspects have been identified.
A freshman student was welcomed to college with a shockingly racist slur scrawled across her dorm room door, indicating that the rise in racial tensions in America is also present at college campuses.
Sennia Vann, the Cabrini University student, said she noticed the graffiti with the words “Go away” and the n-word when she went back home Saturday night after celebrating her sister’s birthday. She knew right then and there that the message had been directed to her.
“I am the only minority in this room,” she told Action News. “I was shocked, angry, confused as to why something would be written on my door.”
According to the university, a Roman Catholic liberal arts college, the institution is investigating this report in full.
In a statement, the educational institution claimed to take student safety seriously and to not “tolerate any form of hate speech or racist language, and our priority remains to ensure our students feel safe and supported.”
After finding the message and sharing an image of the incident on social media, Vann and her friends were able to clean the racist and hateful slur off the door. Still, they told reporters that they are afraid something like this may happen again. And what’s worse, they think that next time, the incident could be more violent.
“I get a little bit emotional looking at this. I don't know if this will ever go away off the door. And every time I look at it, it will be a reminder of someone's hatred towards me because of the color of my skin,” Vann said.
When discussing what could have caused this to happen, Vann said she had an unpleasant encounter with another Cabrini student a week prior to the incident, but she also said she doesn’t know if that particular individual would be behind the hate speech incident.
People like Vann, who are targeted because of their skin color, are examples of the racial divide brought about by President Donald Trump's 2016 election win.
Still, it’s in times like these that those of us who take equality seriously must be louder when voicing our opposition to hate.
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