In an incident reminiscent of the recent "Trump 2016" campus chalkings that traumatized Emory University students, a Mexican-American student at Scripps College woke up last week to find that someone had scrawled "Trump 2016" on the whiteboard on her dorm room door. The student-government president leapt into action to denounce the message as "racist" and "intentional violence." She vowed to bring the perp to justice, according to Reason.com.
Minjoo Kim, student body president of the private women's college in Claremont, California, interrupted her fellow students' study time with a campus-wide email informing them of the incident. She wrote, according to Inside Higher Ed:
This racist act is completely unacceptable. Regardless of your political party, this intentional violence committed directly to a student of color proves to be another testament that racism continues to be an undeniable problem and alarming threat on our campuses. If you consider yourself an ally, talk to your friends and peers about racism and continue to educate yourselves on what you can do to combat racism inside and outside of Scripps and the greater 5Cs. Campus Safety has been notified and we hope to find the person responsible so they [sic*] can be held accountable for their [sic*] actions.
Hannah Oh, a recent grad of Claremont McKenna College, also part of the consortium, ridiculed the incident in a tweet: [email protected], are you trying to be the next Emory?!”:
In a statement to The College Fix, Oh said she found Kim’s reaction to the Scripps whiteboard message extreme.
Minjoo’s use of the word ‘violence’ is incorrect and only meant to incite anger and emotional responses from the student body. It’s ironic that she talks about how we need to hunt down whoever wrote #Trump2016 to hold them accountable for such unacceptable speech all in the name of creating an ‘inclusive, safe, and welcoming’ community. Scripps is probably the least welcoming campus for anyone who isn’t far left or an ultra third-wave feminist.
The College Fix also reported that
the victim in question highlighted the vandalism by making a poster next to her whiteboard stating "in case you think POC [people of color] are too sensitive nowadays and that racism doesn’t exist anymore. I’m a Mexican-American student and someone wrote #trump2016 on my whiteboard. Racism is still a problem on these campuses.”
... The lettering on the whiteboard and the poster has distinct similarities. Minjoo did not respond to a question of whether it was possible the incident could be a hoax.