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UNC leaders condemn actions after historic Campus Y building vandalized with racist messages

Posted January 26, 2021 5:13 a.m. EST
Updated January 29, 2021 9:01 p.m. EST

— University professors met Friday to discuss the act of vandalism that took place at the historic Campus Y at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill last week.

According to a letter to the campus community, it appears the vandalism occurred sometime on Saturday or Sunday. Officials said someone entered the building on East Cameron Avenue and defaced several offices, leaving some anti-Semitic symbols and writing a racial epithet on a whiteboard.

After much discussion Friday, the board of professors released the following statement:

“Be it resolved that the Faculty Executive Committee affirms and supports members and leadership of the Campus Y in the wake of the disturbing and hateful attack on their offices. We condemn actions that target marginalized groups whenever and wherever such actions occur."

A recent Facebook post went into more detail, saying the hateful messages and symbols targeted women, Jews and people of color.

According to its website, the Campus Y houses 32 student-run committees tackling diverse social and environmental justice issues and is a space that unites students, staff, faculty, and community partners in the pursuit of social justice.

"We condemn the racist, hateful nature of this act and will continue to work undaunted towards racial and social justice for all members of the Carolina community," UNC leaders wrote on Facebook.

Police asked everyone to avoid walking alone on campus and to be aware of surroundings. There will be an increased police presence at the Campus Y as police continue the investigation.

No arrests have been made and anyone with information about the vandalism is asked to contact UNC Police by calling 911.

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