'N-----' written on UNH dorm bulletin board adds to list of reported racist acts on campus
DURHAM — Reported racist acts continue to strike across the University of New Hampshire's campus.
Someone wrote "n-----" on a bulletin board in Williamson Hall, a first-year dormitory, said Erika Mantz, director of media relations at UNH.
A Facebook post on All Eyes on UNH said the vandalized bulletin board is located "outside the door of the hall director, who is black."
Darnelle Bosquet-Fleurival is the hall director of Williamson Hall, according to the UNH residence life website.
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Police are investigating this act of vandalism, Mantz said.
The discovery followed a Thursday night forum in which UNH students urged administrators to do more to combat racism following an alleged incident of blackface and students allegedly behaving inappropriately on Cinco de Mayo.
"We listened carefully to the students in a well-attended forum Thursday night and we look forward to working in partnership with students, faculty and staff to improve our campus culture and address overt and covert acts of hate and racism," Mantz said.
Following the forum, drawings of at least nine swastikas showed up in a stairwell at Stoke Hall, the largest dorm on the Durham campus Friday.
On Saturday, the UNH Student Executive Board terminated one of their members after she allegedly posted a photo of a man in blackface.
The board said in a statement that Christina Bianco, Fraternity and Sorority Affairs Liaison of the University Student Senate Presidential Cabinet, posted the photo to Snapchat which depicted "numerous accounts of racism and cultural appropriation."
As incidents continue, school officials sent out a letter to the UNH community Sunday addressing acts of hate and racism.
"While there are ups and downs and challenging moments during every student's educational journey, no student should be disrespected or - worse yet - experience acts of hate and racism. These acts are against our core UNH values," the letter signed by 107 officials read.
Officials are looking to work with students, faculty and staff to improve UNH's campus culture, saying the work must be ongoing and collaborative.
"Every member of our community deserves to feel safe and respected. We will not tolerate threatening behavior, discrimination or bullying on social media or in person and will fight against it with all means available to us," the letter continued.
However, incidents of potential racism and hate acts around campus have yet to stop. Officials said, "some are seeking to inflame the situation further by being provocative and rude, especially on social media."
"We encourage you to be mindful of this potential for manipulation and not to engage with people who use the Internet to spread hatred and disrespect," the letter added.