KKK Hood Found on Dr. Seuss Statue at UCSD Last Night
March 2, 2010 in Students
Rumors of this incident have been circulating all day, and they’ve just been officially confirmed. The statement doesn’t seem to be up on the UCSD website yet, so I’m posting it below.
Update | I have to say, I’m flabbergasted by UCSD’s inability to get out in front of these stories. It took them fifteen hours to put out a statement on the hood incident, which has been circulating on Twitter all day. Just four hours ago, a campus spokesperson told the UC Davis student newspaper that they didn’t know anything about it.
Meanwhile, it took UC President Mark Yudof just six hours to post to Twitter debunking a joke site that claimed he’d resigned.
UC San Diego police are investigating the discovery about 11 p.m. Monday of what appeared to be a white pillowcase that had been crudely fashioned into a KKK-style hood with a hand-drawn symbol. It was placed on a statue outside the main campus library, and a rose was inserted into the statue’s fingers.
The items have been removed and the police are processing them for evidence, including fingerprint and DNA analysis. An aggressive police investigation is underway. We will pursue this with all of our authority and individuals who are responsible will be punished to the full extent of the Student Code of Conduct and all applicable laws.
“We will not allow this incident, or any incident, to deter the progress we are making to change and heal our university community,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne Fox. “We will not tolerate these despicable actions. We stand in firm solidarity with our students and are fully committed to instituting their recommendations. We know these changes will make this university a better place and will help us improve our campus climate.”
If you have any information about this incident, please call the UC San Diego Police Department at (858) 534-4359 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.