Racially incendiary flyers, graffiti, and vandalism were found early Tuesday morning across campus at California Polytechnic State University, according to The Tribune.
This is not an isolated incident, and for the past few weeks, Cal Poly has seen racial tensions increase on school grounds. Just a week ago, the student body protested over a fraternity posting photos in Black Face. Professor Neal MacDougall found the racial attacks inside the university buildings and posted the images to Facebook.
In his Facebook post, MacDougall said: “I know that Cal Poly President Armstrong has asserted that a racist culture does not exist at Cal Poly but it makes me wonder what kind of culture these images represent? All of this was centered around my office hallway this morning. I think we have to move beyond protecting the Cal Poly “brand” and start dealing with the Cal Poly reality,” he wrote.
MacDougall said he posted the images on Facebook to raise awareness about the issue and to call out the school for being overly concerned with their “brand,” instead of supporting students and working to fix campus culture. “I really think that they’re trying to protect the brand,” he said. “Everything seems to be soft-pedaled.”
The flyers claimed that black people were a different species, followed by racial slurs written on the bathroom walls.
In an interview with a public radio station KCBX, MacDougall said: “I was targeted as someone who has outwardly supported undocumented students and supported inclusion. I think it’s really the slashing of the sign that disturbed me; that’s fundamentally a violent act,” he said.
Spokesman Matt Lazier, for Cal Poly said in a statement: “the university is seeing many postings around campus, expressing a wide variety of viewpoints — some of which include hateful and racist comments.” He wrote that the actions are, “desperate acts of a few who aim to spread hate and divide our community.” Lazier stressed that the school, “abhors and denounces hateful and racist speech and actions.”