Three Swastikas Chalked On Yale University Campus

Three swastikas appeared on the campus of Yale University, according to an email sent by Jonathan Holloway, the Dean of Yale College, addressed to the campus community.

"I am saddened to report that three swastikas were chalked on the sidewalk outside of Durfee Hall on the Old Campus Sunday night, October 12th. Attempts were made to remove these troubling images, but some faint impressions remain," wrote Holloway. "I condemn this shameful defacement, perpetrated anonymously under cover of night. The swastika, appropriated by the Nazis in the last century as an emblem of anti-Semitism, is particularly offensive and disrespectful toward the Jewish members of our community, but, in truth, it insults us all. The use of the swastika violates our values of respect, thoughtfulness, generosity, and goodwill. I will not stand idly by when this or other symbols of hate are used on this campus. It is my hope that you will join me in taking a similar stand."

"Let me take this moment, then, to reaffirm our commitment to welcoming views from all walks of life, embracing diversity, and promoting openness," continued the dean. "These efforts go to the core of our mission as an academic community, which thrives only insofar as it is inclusive toward everyone. Even more, these efforts go to the core of what it means to a community that values decency and civility. Let's work together to make sure that we respect these bedrock principles."

"There is no room for hate in this house," Holloway concluded. 

Two sets of swastikas appeared on the campus of Emory University earlier this month soon after the conclusion of the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. A swastika also appeared on Yale's campus in 2008.