Threatening “vigilante” fliers calling for torture of “university leaders spouting off all this diversity garbage” were posted in bathrooms across Texas State University after Donald Trump’s win in the elections.
“Now that our man TRUMP is elected and republicans own both the senate and the house – – time to organize tar and feather VIGILANTE SQUADS and go arrest and torture those deviant university leaders spouting off all this Diversity Garbage,” the fliers, which were glued to bathrooms and mirrors in buildings across the campus, said.
Other fliers criticized the the concept of diversity and its proponents.
One flier said, “NO OTHER RACE (BUT WHITES) HAS BENT OVER BACKWARDS to assure that all non-whites receive a ‘fair shake’ in being part of American life, even to the detriment and social well-being of ‘our own kinds’ (whites).” The flier said “multiculturalism” and “diversity” and “code-words for white genocide.”
The Texas State University Police was investigating the incident, President Denise M. Trauth said in a statement. Trauth said she was aware of reports of “action and expression that have occurred on campus following the recent elections in our country.”
“Actions such as pasting flyers to bathroom mirrors amounts to criminal activity, and our university police are investigating these incidents,” Trauth said. “Texas State strives to maintain an atmosphere that protects free speech, but one that is respectful to other members of the Bobcat community.”
The university police did not return BuzzFeed News’ request for comment.
Racial slurs and threats, including the n-word, “Go back to Africa,” and “Whites only,” along with pro-Trump slogans were found scrawled in a high school bathroom in Minnesota on Nov. 9.
Police said they were investigating the graffiti found in the boys bathroom at Maple Grove Senior High School. The graffiti included #FuckallPorchmonkeys, #Whitesonly, Trump Train, #Gobacktoafrica and “Make America Great Again.”
According to police, the “racist” messages were written during the school day on Nov. 9.
“This type of behavior is highly offensive, will not be tolerated and does not reflect the views of the Maple Grove community,” police said in a statement.
In a letter to students’ families, the school’s principal, Bart Becker, said he was “horrified” by the “serious and disturbing racial incident.”
“We immediately launched an investigation into this incident and we will take swift and appropriate action based on the investigation findings,” Becker said. “We will work very hard to identify who did this horrible act and determine how we can support the students and the staff who have been affected by it.”
Mehreen Kasana, an editor in New York City who was wearing a scarf around her head the day after the election, said that a man told her, “Your time’s up, girlie.”
Kasana, a Muslim woman, told BuzzFeed News that she didn’t usually cover her head but her younger sister observes the hijab. She said she wore a scarf on Nov. 9 because of the cold.
Kasana said that while she was passing by people at the subway station, a “white man who had to be in his mid-30s, holding a briefcase and a newspaper first looked at me and grunted. Then he said, ‘Your time’s up, girlie.’”
According to Kasana no one at the station did anything. “I almost always fight back but I think that moment was so replete with defeat and misery that, out of the sheer need to protect myself, I remained silent,” she said. “The last thing I needed was to get pushed on the tracks.”
Middle schoolers in Michigan chanted “Build the wall” in their lunchroom on Nov. 9.
A group of middle schoolers in Royal Oak, Michigan, broke out in a “build the wall” chant inside their cafeteria on Wednesday, echoing one of Trump’s rallying cries during his campaign.
“Because of the strong emotions and intensity of rhetoric that the posting of this incident to social media has elicited, we have had parents express concern regarding student safety,” Superintendent of schools Shawn Lewis-Lakin said in a statement Thursday.
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A “Make America White Again” sign with a swastika was graffitied on a softball dugout wall in a park in Wellsville, New York.
Wellsville Village Police Chief Tim O’Grady told the Wellsville Daily that no one had filed a complaint about the graffiti, which was spotted on Nov. 9. He said the wall was on a privately owned field. “Unless somebody makes a complaint, we don’t have any cause for action,” O’Grady said. “It’s vandalism, we’ll look into it.”
Sixty-seven percent of votes in Allegany County, where Wellsville is located, went to Trump–Pence.
Photos of a black baby doll which appeared to be hung in an elevator in Canisius College in New York on the night of Nov. 8, surfaced on social media.
The Tuesday-night incident prompted Canisius President John Hurley to send a campuswide letter strongly condemning the act, which he called “extremely troubling on several levels,” the Buffalo News reported.
He later issued a detailed message describing two separate incidents — placing the doll in the elevator and the use of the doll in a residence hall room — which involved two unrelated sets of students.
According to the public safety report, the doll was first placed in an elevator as a prank to startle people and the two strings at the doll’s neck were part of its construction. Hurley said there was no evidence that the doll was hung in the elevator as several social media posts appeared to suggest.
The elevator prank set off a chain of events “on a night when the results of the presidential election had many students feeling distressed and vulnerable” Hurley said, adding that those involved in the elevator prank would be disciplined.
The doll was then later put in residence hall room where it was hung from the curtain rod, according to the report. Students took photos of it and created memes using language about “Trump fans” which were then posted to social media, according to Hurley.
“It’s evident that what may have started as a thoughtless, insensitive prank earlier in the evening in the elevator degraded into a very offensive, inappropriate act later that night,” he said.
The students involved in the residence hall incident have been involuntarily suspended from the college pending the outcome of disciplinary cases against them, the consequences of which could include dismissal from the college, Hurley said.
A “fair skinned male” allegedly pulled at a woman’s hijab on Nov. 8, choking her and causing her to fall, San Jose State University police said in an alert to students.
It wasn’t clear whether the woman was attacked because of her hijab, and the university said the case was under investigation.
“We are of course very concerned that this has occurred on our campus,” a spokeswoman told the Mercury News. “No one should experience this kind of behavior at San Jose State.”
Doaa Abdelrahman, the president of the Muslim Student Association at San Jose State, told the Mercury News that she knew the victim and believed the attack was related to Trump’s campaign on election night.
“I’ve experienced racism for my religion since age 9,” Abdelrahman said. “I think Trump is the cause of a lot of segregation and division between people.”
“Trump” was scrawled on the door of a Muslim prayer room at New York University on Nov. 9.
The incident at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering was reported by the NYU Muslim Students Association (MSA).
The day after Trump was elected president, a Muslim student making his way to the prayer room found “Trump” scribbled across the front of prayer space door, Afraz Khan, the president of NYU MSA, told BuzzFeed News.
“Our campus is not immune to the bigotry that grips America,” the MSA said in a Facebook post.
The incident was reported to university officials, whom Khan said were doing a “wonderful job in supporting us.”
In the wake of the vandalism, the MSA organized a rally and called on fellow students “to show support that fear and intimidation have no place on our campus.”
Within 24 hours, more than 1,000 people signed up as supporters “to denounce this hate,” Khan said.
“Nothing like this has happened before at NYU and we pray this is the first and last incident,” he said.
“Fuck your safe space,” “Build wall,” and “Trump” were scrawled in chalk at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on Nov. 8.
Other graffiti scrawled on campus after Trump’s win included “Democrats can kiss Trump’s ass.”
Campus maintenance workers washed away some of the reported graffiti, while campus police were investigating several more reports of pro-Trump graffiti across the campus, the Advertiser reported.
“Black lives don’t matter and neither does your votes,” was spray-painted across a wall in Durham, North Carolina on Nov. 9.
Community members gathered Thursday and cleaned up the message, WNCN reported.
A social media post on Nov. 10 showed two students from Southern Illinois University wearing blackface and standing in front of a Confederate flag.
The post, which was widely shared, prompted the university to issue a statementsaying they were aware of offensive social media posts and were reviewing the incidents.
“This week’s presidential election was extremely divisive and emotions are running high,” the interim chancellor, Brad Colwell, said in the statement. “A number of people have contacted my office regarding offensive behavior and comments, including social media posts. While federal law prohibits us from discussing issues related to specific students, please know that we deeply share your concerns. We are reviewing every incident and will take appropriate action.”
Colwell said that while discussions about the future of the country were important, he urged students to do so in a “civil manner that respects everyone’s right to agree or to disagree.”
A Muslim student at San Diego State University (SDSU) was attacked and robbed by two men “who made comments about President-Elect Trump and the Muslim community” on Nov. 9, the SDSU police said in a safety alert.
The two suspects, a white male and a Hispanic male, confronted the student in a stairwell in what police described as a “hate crime, robbery and vehicle theft.”
The two men “made comments about President-Elect Trump and the Muslim community, confronted her and grabbed her purse and backpack,” according to police. They also took her car keys and stole her vehicle.
“Comments made to the student indicate she was targeted because of her Muslim faith, including her wearing of a traditional garment and hijab,” SDSU police said in a statement provided to BuzzFeed News.
Two men in a pickup truck with a Trump flag drove to Wellesley College, a women’s liberal arts school in Massachusetts and Hillary Clinton’s alma mater, stopped in front of a house for students of African descent, and “antagonized” and screamed “Trump” and “Make America Great Again” on Nov. 9, according to accounts from students and college officials.
Wellesley police confirmed the incident and said the two “disruptive individuals” were asked to leave the property.
The two men, who were students at Babson College, were expelled from their fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon. The fraternity said that both men’s actions were “abhorrent” in a statement.
“This type of abusive, misogynistic behavior has no place in our society, and we’re proud of our chapter swiftly removing these men from our organization,” the fraternity said,
Babson College was investigating both men’s actions, which the president describedas “highly offensive, incredibly insensitive, and simply not acceptable.”
A Facebook post on Nov. 9 appeared to show a Trump supporter in a car that had Trump flags and anti-Muslim stickers including “All Muslims are terrorists, deport them all.”
The Facebook user posted a video showing the truck with a Confederate flag on the front bumper and also stickers saying, “Kill all Muslims” and “All Muslims are child molesters.” The user later deleted the Facebook post.
Yarden Katz, a fellow at Harvard Medical School, said that he witnessed a US postal worker telling a man who appeared to be of Hispanic descent, “Go back to your country. This is Trump land” at a gas station in Massachusetts on Nov. 9.
USPS said the issue had been “escalated to the appropriate members of USPS management.”
Katz told BuzzFeed News that it was an “appalling incident.”
“I was taken aback by how brazen it was on the part of the USPS worker to make racist comments, in broad daylight, in a supposedly progressive town. It clearly looks like part of a bigger national trend,” he said.
A swastika, “Seig Heil 2016,” and the word “Trump” with the T replaced with a swastika were graffitied on the windows on an empty store in South Philly on Wednesday, Philly.com reported.
The graffiti was spray-painted on the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht or “Night of the Broken Glass” — a wave anti-Jewish pogroms in Nazi Germany in 1938.
Police also investigated several other incidents of pro-Trump racist graffiti, including the words “Trump Rules” and “Black Bitch,” spray-painted across a car belonging to a 62-year-old black woman, Philly.com reported.
Chris Weatherd, a former University of Tennessee linebacker, posted a video that appeared to show his car vandalized with the n-word and “Trump” on Nov. 9 in Knoxville.
Weatherd told BuzzFeed News that he woke up on Wednesday morning to find that someone had used washable paint to vandalize his car with racial slurs.
He did not file a police report, but said that a family member of the person who did it had apologized to him. Weatherd did not wish to disclose the identity of the alleged suspect, but said it was a neighbor who was a Trump supporter.
He said that while he wasn’t “entirely upset” about it, he posted it to Twitter to show that “this is the normal.”
Rochelle Abraham posted a picture of a car with a Confederate flag and “Kill Kill Kill” signs in Needham, Massachusetts, the morning after Trump’s victory.
Abraham told BuzzFeed News that she spotted the car, which had a POW flag, an American flag, and the Confederate flag, on the morning on Nov. 9.
“I was already feeling off center with respect to what a Trump presidency would mean for myself and those that I love,” Abraham said. “First and foremost I fear for what this means for my 26-year-old son. The current murders of young unarmed black men, Giuliani era stop-and-frisk and just so much on my mind after hearing the final results. The last thing I expected to see was this atrocious, blatant display of hurtful disrespect, racism, and bigotry,” she said.
While she did not see any Trump signs on the car, “just the fact that I saw this the day after the election kind of speaks for itself,” she said.