U Of I Investigates Racially-Biased Drawings After Black Student Assaulted By 3 Men

University Students wrote racial slurs and racially-biased drawings on boards in their hostels days after a black teen was beaten by 3 white men.

Campus police at the University of Iowa are investigating racially offensive sketches on a whiteboard that was seen in a dormitory just few days after a 19-year-old freshman, Marcus Owens was attacked by 3 white men.

According to a letter sent on Monday afternoon, May 9, to Quadrangle residents, the drawings, which were written on Friday May 6, defaced a Black Lives Matter statement with a “hate-speech directed at black and African American people as an ethnic and racial group”.

Assistant director of residence education for Quadrangle, Monica Marcelo, stated in the letter that no one has been held responsible for the act.

But I am hopeful that they will so that we can have a learning opportunity from the incident,” she wrote. “Words can and have had a negative impact on our community.”

University officials said that the offensive drawings were completely removed from the whiteboard and so were the messages of racial slurs.

Racism in schools and universities is growing at an alarming rate which should by all means not be tolerated.

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