Black Students Attacked at American University?
Black students at The American University say they’ve been harassed and attacked on campus, with one student claiming she had a banana hurled at her earlier this month.
Neah Gray, a freshman who attends the school, told The Washington Post that a banana was thrown at her through her dorm room door on Sept. 8.
“I wouldn’t let people drive me out, but it’s kind of sad that this kind of thing still happens,” the Brooklyn native said.
The school is currently investigating two white male freshmen in connection with the incident. Students say the incident that took place in the Anderson dormitory was one of several that has sparked racial tensions on the D.C.-based campus.
The Black Student Alliance, a coalition for Black groups on campus, has called for school officials to suspend those responsible for the act of discrimination.
In a statement released Friday, the university said that an investigation is underway through the student conduct process. It also condemned such discrimination and harassment. The school did not identity the students in question or disclose what punishment they have or will receive.
“We understand that members of our community feel hurt by an incident that happened in a residence hall and separate allegations of racially biased behavior,” the statement read. “We’re working with student leaders and others in the community concerned about this.”
The school also pointed to a newly created President’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion that plans to meet soon.