Hate Crimes at Cal State San Marcos- Action Today at Noon!
Last Wednesday night (March 3), our brothers and sisters at Cal State San Marcos were victims too of hate speech– graffiti denigrating African Americans, Chican@s, Arab Americans, and the LGBTQ commmunity was found in Markstein Hall. In response, students, faculty, and staff are rallying TODAY from noon to one in Kellogg Plaza. Please join in solidarity if you can.
More information on the event can be found on the Facebook event here.
Below, see the message from the campus president sent out to the community on March 4th:
Date: March 4, 2010
To: The Campus Community
From: President Karen S. Haynes
Subject: Hate Crimes On Campus Will Not Be Tolerated
The University Police Department has informed me that they received a call last night about 9:00 p.m. with a report of hate speech on campus. A bathroom stall in Markstein Hall was vandalized with graffiti targeting multiple groups. University police are investigating this incident as a hate crime.
I deplore and am saddened that an individual would commit such a senseless and hurtful act. I will not tolerate any attempts to intimidate or threaten our University community. Diversity and tolerance are among our highest values at CSUSM. We will do everything possible to uphold these values and to protect the learning environment and public safety of our University.
Staff are available to assist students in our Cross Cultural Center, Women’s Center, LGBTQ Pride Center, Student Health and Counseling Center, and the Dean of Students Office. Employees may seek assistance from the Employee Assistance Program through the Human Resources and Equal Opportunity Office.
University police are taking all necessary steps to bring the person responsible to justice. I ask that anyone with information regarding this crime contact University Police at 760-750-4567. Information may be provided anonymously through San Diego County Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 888-580-8477, 24-hours a day, 7-days a week or by visiting: www.sdcrimestoppers.com. Attached is a police photograph of the graffiti.
I urge our campus community to speak in one voice and send a message that hate crime will not be tolerated at CSUSM.
[photo of the graffiti below, click to full size. Trigger warning]