EMU Faculty And Staff Join Students In Protest After Racist Graffiti Was Found On Campus

Nov 2, 2016

A protest was held this morning at Eastern Michigan University as a result of the racist graffiti that was found on campus Monday. 

 

Frustrated with the situation, students chanted outside of Ford Hall where the graffiti was found, close to a Martin Luther King, Jr. statue.  

We spoke with an EMU professor* who was among the nearly 250 people that took part in the protest.  She announced that a mural will be painted during the next couple of months at McKenny Hall to demonstrate inclusiveness.  

"You see it through the people.  You see it through our dress and our skin tones but where do you see it in the artwork?  We really don't have an artwork that represents that."

Students like Charles Graham were glad to be supported by professors and staff at the protest.

"These are the people who teach those students.  Whoever did this racist graffiti, they have one of these professors, so it's very important that our professors stand-up against racism and this racist graffiti, so they can embed that mindset to their students so this doesn't happen anymore."

The university is also hosting a day-long teach-in on racism, diversity, and inclusion on November 14 to address the racist graffiti.

* EDITOR's NOTE: The name has been redacted, as the particular faculty member does not wish to be named for fear of harassment

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu