BOONE -- Painted anti-semitic graffiti was found in a pedestrian tunnel at Appalachian State University. Officials are searching for who is responsible.
Sunday night posted on Wataugua NNACP Branch FaceBook:
ATTENTION: just spotted at Appalachian State University!
Appalachian State University Hillel and Appalachian State University Police Department have been notified!
This is no accident! DID YOU KNOW that #BooneNC is now listed on the Southern Poverty Law Center #HateMap?
Article October 2, 2018 in The Appalachian State Online
Paint and positivity: How AEPi and Social Justice Representatives respond to hate on campus
App State Student Government Association released an official statement Monday afternoon.
“As a public university, we are committed to protecting freedom of speech,” the statement read. “As members of the Appalachian community and contributors to campus culture, we are committed to ensuring that all people are welcomed and accepted on this campus.”
“The reason for the free expression tunnel is so that students have a space on campus to express their artistic talents,” Gaby Romero, sophomore anthropology major and director of social sustainability for SGA, said. “Also, we want to keep in mind that we want this done in a positive way.”
Romero said she believes that this type of event is done in part to get attention.
“I would caution people against sharing the image,” Romero said. “I would definitely take pictures of it for documentation purposes but sharing it on social media might bring the desired attention.”
North Carolina Hillel also posted on Facebook, saying it was deeply disturbed to learn about the symbols and language painted in the expression tunnel.
“We are working with University officials to ensure this matter is investigated and properly addressed to protect the safety and respect for all members of the campus Jewish community,” the post read.
The social justice representatives for the hall council also responded to the event by planning a “Positivity Paint” activity for Thursday night at 10 p.m. in the expression tunnels. The only supply students need to bring to the event is paint.
Paint and positivity: How AEPi and Social Justice Representatives respond to hate on campus.
Watugua NAACP Branch facebook photos