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Michigan College Cancels Classes Due to Racist Graffiti

Racist graffiti caused class to be cancelled for over 2,000 students at Kettering University this week.

Audrey Bowers

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According to the Associated Press, Kettering University in Michigan cancelled classes due to racist graffiti that WEYI-TV reported was targeting black students.

For 2,000 students, there were no classes for a day due to a scheduled school-wide meeting that ultimately ended up being postponed for an unknown reason. The Flint Journal reported that there were at least two recent cases of racist and profane graffiti at Thompson Hall.

The engineering, science, math, and business school says that the graffiti found was immediately removed. However, University President Robert McMahan says he is “deeply upset” by the incidents, for the pain caused to targeted students “and for the hurt this has caused to our entire campus community.”

Authorities are investigating the graffiti found in the residence hall. There are no reports on who might have created the harmful graffiti or when the post-poned school-wide meeting will be taking place. There are also no reports on what the university is going to do about the issue of racism and hate crimes on their campus moving forward.

This is concerning to say the least because of the campus’ duty to protect each and every student, regardless of race, sexuality, gender, class, and other demographics.

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Audrey Bowers is a creative writing major at Ball State University. She enjoys writing for CMN as well as for her school's newspaper and other publications. You'll probably find her drinking iced coffee and retweeting pictures of corgis.

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