“UC Davis: Swastika carved into Jewish student’s door probed as hate crime”
DAVIS, CA – Authorities at UC Davis were investigating an act of vandalism as a hate crime after a swastika was found carved into the door of a Jewish student’s room, the university confirmed Friday.
In a letter sent to students and faculty Friday, UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi said the incident happened earlier this week on the door in the campus residence hall in the Tercero housing complex.
“We cannot ignore deliberate acts that demean and threaten others based on race, ethnicity, gender, national origin or any personal characteristics,” Katehi said.
The Jewish student, who asked not to be identified, told News10 Friday that she believes she was the likely target of the message –but she doesn’t know why.
“I was scared when I saw it and confused. We all really like each other in the dorm. I don’t know who would do it. It’s totally unacceptable,” said the UC Davis freshman.
She said she was very concerned when she found the 2-inch symbol cut into her door.
“It’s no accident that it was at eye level on the door…not written on it, carved,” she said.
The symbol, which was sanded out of the door by Friday, was under investigation by UC Davis police personnel.
“We take this very seriously,” UC Davis police chief Annette Spicuzza said. “We truly want to talk to this individual to find out just what they were thinking when they did this.”
The vandalism follows at least two other incidents of racial insensitivity on UC campuses in recent weeks.
Last week, a UC San Diego fraternity came under fire after allegedly organizing a “Compton Cookout” event that encouraged participants to mock Black History Month.
Students took over the UCSD chancellor’s office Friday to protest the hanging of a noose in a campus library, the latest in a string of racially-charged incidents.
Meanwhile on the UC Irvine campus, 11 students reportedly from the school’s Muslim Students Union were arrested Feb. 8 after repeatedly heckling and disrupting a speech by Israeli ambassador Michael Oren.
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Letter: LGBTRC vandalized
Letter from the LGBTRC
Written by LGBT Resource Center Staff
Published on Feb 26, 2010
To the Campus Community,
On the night of February 26th the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center experienced acts of vandalism. The entrance to the LGBTRC was defaced with derogatory and hateful words that target the Queer community.
This vicious hate crime demonstrates the need for community centers like ours to exist in order to offer a safe space on campus and combat the homophobia, discrimination, and hate that is still prevalent within our society.
As a center we wanted not to immediately remove the vandalism in order to ensure that this hate crime does not go unnoticed by the campus community. Facilities and administration offered to clean it up immediately but we wanted to take this opportunity to educate the campus about struggles that our community continues to face. We feel it is easier to erase physical representations of violence than to heal from the ongoing impacts of this hatred. Erasing it makes it possible to avoid believing these things happen on our campus. We want to work towards a healing resolution.
The center will resume regular hours on Monday March 1st, from 9am -5pm. We will also be offering a town hall for the community to come together and express any concerns to collectively decide what actions should take place in the future.
The town hall will take place Monday, March 1st, at 5:30 pm at Regan Main (in the Segundo Dorm area).
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center is here to provide a large range of services for the campus community. In times like these, our presence on campus continues to be of the utmost importance. We have staff available to provide support, including a community counselor, who students can speak to. We know that homophobia is still common in our society and our role is to continue to provide the necessary support and education on campus and in the community. Check our website for a full listing our resources: lgbtrc.ucdavis.edu
We will take what was intended to hurt us and turn it into something that will empower us. We ask that you stay strong and to remind everyone that this act will not hinder, but will re-affirm the mission of this Center as it has always existed.
The LGBT Resource Center Staff
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