Feb 06, 2017 09:13 AM EST
Rice University Defaced With Racist Vandalisms
Rice University in Houston has once again been defaced with racist vandalism on campus. Last month, the school also had to battle the issue of vandalism. The university's memorial of the Berlin Wall was defaced with pro-Donald Trump vandals last month. "#DeportSpanos" and "TRUMP BABY!" were two examples of the sentiments spray-painted on a mural that was attached to the side of the Moody Center shipping containers.
Rice University's portion of the Berlin Wall was tainted with "Aloha!" and "Trump 2016." The memorial, which became a permanently fixture last 2000, is located in front of the school's Baker Institute for Public Policy.
It was also noted that a student saw two unidentified individuals in Fondren Library wearing clothing which may have had swastika symbols last November. The university was still investigating the reported incident.
This time, KTRK reported that someone vandalized the statue of Rice University founder William Marsh Rice with swastikas. John Hutchinson, Dean of Undergraduates, has expressed that he is fed up with this type of behavior.
Hutchinson described the culprit as "either ignorant of the history of true evil" associated with the swastika or "is genuinely motivated by blind hatred." He added that this act showed disrespect for the entire university community.
According to Forward, the word "Trump" was also written on the statue. The incident was said to have happened on Friday night. This is the third act of vandalism on the campus.
CNN noted that two other major U.S. cities have fallen victims to incidents of swastika vandalisms aside from what happened at Rice University. On Saturday, a surveillance video was released by Chicago Police showing a man smashing a window of a synagogue and placing swastikas on the front door.
In New York City, passengers of a subway train car saw swastikas and Nazi slogans drawn on the vehicle. Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton took to Twitter to share the passengers' efforts to clean up the vandals and to say that "we will not let hate win."
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