Hate symbol found in bathroom at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus

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MANHATTAN — Authorities discovered a swastika and white supremacist reference on a bathroom dispenser at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus Wednesday night.

Fordham president Reverend Joseph M. McShane S.J. sent a letter to students and faculty members informing them of the crime. The hate symbols were found on a bathroom dispenser inside a restroom at Lowenstein Center.

“The most hopeful explanation would be that the person who committed this act this has a profoundly limited understanding of what they have done,” Reverend McShane said in the letter.

“Even if the perpetrator is identified and appropriately punished, the memory of the act lingers,” he said. “And that is a shame.”

The news came in light of nationwide campus conversations about racial hate and intolerance.

African-American students at the University of Missouri have long complained of mealymouthed responses by school leaders in dealing with racism on the overwhelmingly white Columbia campus. Black student leaders have conveyed their displeasure over students openly using racial slurs and other incidents.

On Monday, University of Missouri president Tim Wolfe announced his resignation.

“This is just a beginning in dismantling systems of oppression in higher education, specifically the UM system,” Marshall Allen, a member of the protest group Concerned Student 1950 at University of Missouri, said.

In October, reports of a swastika smeared with feces was also found on the wall of a Mizzou dorm hall. It was one of the few incidents reported.

As the week continues, college students are continuing to voice their concern. Many students are speaking out on social media, posting messages that read:

“To the students of color at Mizzou, we, students of color at [university], stand with you in solidarity. To those who would threaten their sense of safety, we are watching. ‪#‎ConcernedStudent1950‬ ‪#‎InSolidarityWithMizzou‬.”