Racially offensive outbreak at UC Santa Cruz

March 1, 2010 A message from Chancellor Blumenthal

Earlier today, campus officials became aware of offensive graffiti scrawled
on a bathroom door in the Earth and Marine Sciences Building. The text and a
racially charged image made clear reference to the noose that was found
hanging from a light fixture on the UC San Diego campus on Friday.

This incident is deeply disturbing. I want to be clear: There is no place on
this campus for racial intolerance or hate of any kind. To students and
others who were subjected to this threatening message before it was removed,
I want to apologize and offer my deepest assurance that I am committed to a
zero-tolerance policy regarding racism at UCSC.

I have asked campus officers to begin an investigation in hopes of
identifying the perpetrator(s). I encourage anyone with information about
this deplorable incident to contact UCSC Police immediately at (831)
459-2231. Reports may also be made anonymously by calling 459-3TIP
(459-3847) or submitted online <http://www2.ucsc.edu/police/crime.html>.

In the meantime, this despicable act reminds all of us that there is more
work to do as we strive to build a diverse community, firmly rooted in
principles of equality and justice. Please join me in reaffirming that
vision of our future and upholding our Principles of


One response to “Racially offensive outbreak at UC Santa Cruz

  1. As an alumni of UCSC and working with an anti-hate organization this is deeply disturbing to see that even as groups and campus leaders are organzing, there appears to be a string of people at various campuses committed to promoting more hate. It is unfortunate that such an incident has occurred at a place I hold very close to me, and I hope students at UCSC will unite in solidarity to address this .

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