Albion College 'student of color' admits to anti-Black graffiti


    A "student of color" at Albion College in Michigan was suspended this week after admitting to a string of anti-Black graffiti on campus, the school said Wednesday.

    "Earlier today, we identified the individual responsible for the racist and anti-Semitic graffiti in Mitchell Towers," Albion President Mathew Johnson said in a statement. "The student, who was acting alone, acknowledged their responsibility for these incidents, and was immediately removed from campus and placed on temporary suspension while we conduct a full investigation as part of our student judicial process.

    "But we know the acts of racism that have occurred this week are not about one particular person or one particular incident," he continued. "We know that there is a significant history of racial pain and trauma on campus and we are taking action to repair our community."

    In an email to students and staff Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Johnson identified the person responsible for the graffiti as a "current student of color," but did not reveal whether a motive had been determined, the student-run Albion Pleiad reported.

    Multiple racist messages, including "Call the swat #KKKTime" and "White lives Matter Rally at 4/7/2021, Let's Kill all [N-word] on this Campus," have been spotted at the Mitchell Towers residence hall since March 28, the Pleiad reported. A Black student was also recently threatened by a non-student while driving, the Pleiad reported.

    The incidents prompted students to protest on campus earlier this week.

    The Albion NAACP and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights are hosting a virtual forum Friday night to invite students to talk about their experiences with racial injustice on campus, the Battle Creek Enquirer reported

    "We want the Black students, and all students on campus, to know that our NAACP branch will not tolerate this example of racially motivated hatred," said Robert Dunklin, president of the Albion NAACP. "We urge the students, staff, alumni and community members to draw together in support of the Black students at the college." Sign up for Daily Newsletters