Hoax uncovered: Black college student allegedly admits responsibility for racist, anti-Semitic graffiti

ALBION, MI – According to Albion police, a 21-year-old black college student has admitted to creating racist and anti-Semitic graffiti that was found on campus at Michigan’s Albion College over the weekend of April 3 and 4, 2021.

The graffiti included racial epithets and references to the KKK.

Some of the scrawled statements read:

“Die N*****s Please,”

“Albion is racist we do exist KKK,” and

“KKK White Power.”

There was also a Star of David with “666” across it.

Students and faculty members responded to the graffiti by boycotting classes during the following days.

Protests were also held, with students and faculty marching across campus, shouting, “Silence is violence!”

According to WWMT News, students also demanded “change” from Albion’s administrative officials, with some seniors saying “there had been a racial incident just about every semester and little changed over their four years to make campus feel more inclusive.”

Others reported that during the last month there were “least three incidents of racial and derogatory slurs written on walls in the residence halls, along with drawings of swastikas.”

Senior Jayson Sawyer, who organized the boycotts, told WWMT:

“We do this (boycott) because Albion College has polices that take a stance at anti-racism and if they are not upholding those policies, we would like to make sure they are held accountable.”

Some students have indicated that they have not felt welcome on the Albion campus.

Albion student Akaiia Ridley told WWMT:

“We feel like they brought us here to meet a quota more than they did because they wanted us here.”

Ridley added that some changes had been made at the college, “but more needed to be done.”

In response to concerns over the graffiti, Albion College administrators tweeted messages of support to black students and promised to get to the bottom of the situation.

Officials stated:

“We stand together with our Black students, alumni, faculty, staff, and broader community members in condemning the recent acts of racism on campus.

“Hatred and injustice have no place at Albion, and will not be tolerated.”

Albion College President Mathew Johnson also said in a statement to WWMT:

“The racist and anti-Semitic actions taken on our campus over the last week are cowardly and will not be tolerated.”

He added:

“In addition to caring for and protecting the students most directly impacted, and addressing the safety concerns of the broader student body, we are currently investigating who is responsible for racist graffiti on our campus.”

The college also offered a $1000 reward for information on the person responsible, and promised to seek criminal charges.  In addition, officials promised to consider expelling or suspending that person if they were found to be a student.

As it turns out, authorities did not have to look far for the alleged perpetrator.

On April 6, police brought in a 21-year-old black Albion College student for questioning.  The student reportedly “admitted to creating most of the graffiti.”

Furthermore, video evidence gathered by Albion’s Campus Safety Department confirmed the student’s statements, according to Albion Police Chief Scott Kipp.

The student was released after questioning, and potential prosecution awaits completion of the investigation.

In addition, Albion College removed the student from campus and placed him on a “temporary suspension.” The college is conducting its own investigation “as part of the student judicial process.”

After the student was brought in for questioning, Albion College announced via multiple tweets that he had been identified and acknowledged sole responsibility for the racial and anti-Semitic graffiti.

Interestingly, the college did not mention the race of the student allegedly responsible.

Albion did, however, assure forthcoming action against racism, saying:

“But we know the acts of racism that have occurred this week are not about one particular person or one particular incident.

“We know that there is a significant history of racial pain and trauma on campus and we are taking action to repair our community.”

According to Michigan Live, the Albion Department of Public Safety and Albion College Campus Safety are currently working together to assess whether other individuals were involved.

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Basketball team forfeits game due to multiple player suspensions for kneeling during National Anthem

BLUEFIELD, VA– Back in the middle of February, a NAIA school in Virginia forfeited its men’s basketball game after suspending players for kneeling during the national anthem for several games in January and February.

According to reports, in a statement after the forfeit, Bluefield College president David Olive said that after players had knelt before multiple games in January and February, even after he told them to stop, he decided to suspend all athletes involved.

The suspensions resulted in a forfeit of the NAIA Appalachian Athletic Conference game against Reinhardt. Olive said in his statement:

“The basis for my decision stemmed from my own awareness of how kneeling is perceived by some in our country and I did not think a number of our alumni, friends, and donors of the College would view the act of kneeling during the anthem in a positive way.”

Reportedly, Olive said became aware on February 1st that players had knelt during a January 30th home game against Bryan College as well as during away games on January 23rd and January 26th.

After he became aware of this, he told head coach Richard Morgan that kneeling during the national anthem “would not be allowed going forward.”

Olive said he later learned that players continued to kneel at a February 2nd game and the team was kept in the locker room during the national anthem at an away game on February 4th.

Olive then said he reached out on February 5th regarding the kneeling and suggested alternative forms of protest such as staying in the locker room. After the team knelt during a home game on February 9th, Olive said:

“There would be consequences for the actions of the players for violating the College policy.”

According to Bluefield football player Jewels Gray, who is close with many members of the basketball team, this stands in direct contrast with what the basketball team was told before the season began.

Gray discussed the suspensions with the players and said that the players said they were told they were not allowed to released a statement of their own or speak to the media. Gray said:

“Why would our school contradict what they said? We had meetings before the season with the athletic director and the president and they stated that we can kneel and they’d support and be behind us, 100 percent.”

A Bluefield College spokesman denied Gray’s statement and said neither Olive nor Tonia Walker ever offered approval for student-athletes to kneel during the anthem.

Reportedly, Olive reached out to Morgan and the team to discuss the protests, saying that he understood their message and supported calls for racial justice, but that he did not condone doing so during the national anthem.

In a statement, he said:

“I further told them that their intended message in bringing awareness of racial injustices was being diluted or completely lost because some saw their act of kneeling as being disrespectful to the flag, our country, and to our veterans.

In my opinion, their message was not being heard.”

Olive said players told him they had no intention of being disrespectful and shared personal stories of racism they had faced. In response, Olive said the campus leadership team was actively working on a forum to discuss racial inequality.

He said:

“It does without saying that this has been a challenging process for all parties involved. I have hard and I understand the perspective of our players as to why they desire to kneel during the national anthem.

I also know this form of protest immediately shuts down a number of individuals from listening to the intended message because of their perspective regarding the flag.”

He added:

“No individual’s sincere motives are inherently wrong, but I continue to contend that we will not get to where we want and need to get as a country in addressing these racial issues without making honest attempts at creating pathways that bring people together for a common cause.”

In response to his statement, the students inquired about their First Amendment rights being violated, but he informed the players that those rights did not apply to this situation.

Athletes from the men’s and women’s basketball team, football team, and women’s soccer team all joined a video conference discussion arguing that their First Amendment rights had been violated and discussed ways to address the school’s policy. In response, Olive said:

“We are a private entity, not a governmental entity.

We have policies and guidelines throughout the student handbook and the academic catalog that limit certain rights you otherwise might have elsewhere, such as in your home or in a public venue.”

He added:

“The most important to me as it pertains to this matter, however, is what I shared earlier.

When someone puts on a uniform or is performing a function on behalf of Bluefield College, that person is now representing Bluefield College. Heightened expectations are now placed on that individual as to what s/he can and cannot do or say as a representative of the College.”

Players have since decided to stay in the locker room during the national anthem for the rest of the season rather than risk additional forfeitures. Forward Stanley Christian said in a statement:

“It’s bigger than us and we don’t want to have the season taken away from us.

We feel like we’re in a great position to bring this school a title. So, we’ll stay in the locker room during the national anthem. They don’t want any more backlash and we would definitely take a knee during the anthem.”

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