Here's A Running List Of Hateful Activity At Texas Schools Since The Presidential Election
In the days following the presidential election, universities and high schools across the country have reported incidents of hate.
In Texas, recent reports have included taunts of “build a wall” at a high school volleyball game in West Texas; incendiary fliers on SMU’s campus decrying interracial relationships; and racial slurs shouted at minority students of Plano East Senior High.
Here are reports of racially-charged incidents in Texas schools since Nov. 8:
Anti-Semitic letter sent to a University of Texas professor
A University of Texas law professor received a postcard with anti-Semitic slurs and a reference to one of Donald Trump's campaign slogans on Nov. 21, the Dallas Morning News reports. Sandford Levinson, 75, professor at UT-Austin for 36 years, is currently a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, where he received the postcard. The letter uses anti-Semitic language and borrows a phrase from Trump's campaign, saying: 'We're going to drain the swamp at Harvard Law."
The Morning News reports: "Two of the stranger aspects of the postcard, Levinson said, are that it appears to have originated from the Petworth House and Park in West Sussex, England, and it refers to him by his nickname, 'Sandy.'" Read more from The Dallas Morning News.
Snapchat video from Abilene Christian University students
At Abilene Christian University, two students were expelled after a Snapchat video was posted of a white student in blackface exclaiming: "I'm a strong black woman," The Dallas Morning News reports. In the video that circulated on social media Nov. 15, a student wearing an Abilene Christian University shirt and shorts is seen with her face covered in black and wearing oversized red lips. University President Phil Schubert has apologized for the incident and says the school doesn't tolerate harassment. Two students were expelled.
Fliers at Southern Methodist University
At Southern Methodist University in Dallas, fliers telling white women not to date black men were found and reported Nov. 13 in a residence hall on campus. Titled "Why White Women Shouldn't Date Black Men," the fliers included several incendiary claims including calling black men abusive and saying biracial children lack intelligence. The same leaflet was found at the University of Oklahoma and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, The Associated Press reports. University officials condemned the message as "hateful" and says there's no justification for hostility toward others.
Volleyball match between Archer City and Fort Hancock high schools
Students from Archer City, Texas chanted “Build a wall!” and “Come and take it!” in a high school volleyball match Nov. 11 against students from Fort Hancock, a border town in West Texas, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Archer City Superintendent C.D. Knobloch apologized to the Fort Hancock school district officials and said disciplinary action would be taken. “Build a wall” refers to the centerpiece of Donald Trump’s immigration policy and overall campaign. “Come and take it” refers to the Battle of Gonzales, the first military battle in the Texas Revolution against Mexico.
A black student at Baylor was shoved and called a derogatory term
On the morning of Nov. 9, Natasha Nkhama was shoved off the sidewalk by a student on her way to class at Baylor University, The Washington Post reports. “He sort of shoved me off the sidewalk and he said...‘no n—–s allowed on the sidewalk,'" Nkhama recounted in a Facebook video. “And I was just shocked.” Another student came to her defense, and the offending student said, "I'm just trying to make America great again," the Post reports. Baylor officials issued a statement on the incident.
Two days later, 300 people — students, teachers and school administrators — gathered to walk Nkhama safely to class. They organized via the Twitter hashtag #IWalkWithNatasha.
Fliers at Texas State University
Fliers posted around Texas State University in San Marcos threatened to “arrest and torture” university leaders in favor of diversity. The fliers, which appear to be from Trump supporters, were reported on Nov. 10. "Now that our man TRUMP is elected and republicans own both the senate and the house — time to organize tar & feather VIGILANTE SQUADS and go arrest & torture those deviant university leaders spouting off all this Diversity Garbage," the flier reads. University police are investigating the matter. Read more from The Dallas Morning News.
Chalk drawings and racial slurs at Plano East Senior High
When students arrived at Plano East Senior High on Nov. 9, the day after the election, they found a chalk drawing of a wall on the ground in a breezeway and the words “Build that wall,” “Can’t stop Trump” and “Hillary for Prison,” The Dallas Morning News reports. The next day, several students reported hearing racial slurs directed at them and other black, Muslim and Hispanic students.
In Coppell, a card hints at deportation
After the election, a racist card was left at Coppell High School for a Hispanic student. It suggested deportation. The Coppell Gazette reports on the note: “Y’all were such a blessing when it came to building our new arena and turf room. We are very sad our school will not stay very clean anymore but if we need you, we will stay in touch. You will be gratefully missed … “Make America Great Again! Adios!” WFAA-TV reports: “Coppell ISD says administrators are aware of the post and say it appears to be real. A spokesperson for the district says it will take disciplinary action because it violates the student code of conduct. The district wouldn't say much more on the subject.”
During a recent episode of KERA's "Think," Krys Boyd talked about how to navigate these situations with Dr. Summer Rose of Momentous Institute, SMU student senator Naomi Samuel and Alia Salem, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. They say there needs to be more dialogue -- students who witness hate should speak up and report incidents. Parents should talk with their children about race and diversity -- and that people have different opinions. Rose says people should be looking for teachable moments.
- Southern Poverty Law Center is tracking reports of intimidation and harassment. Between Nov. 9 and Nov. 14, the SPLC collected more than 400 reports.
- There are 84 active hate groups in Texas, the most of any state.
- You can report an incident to the SPLC here.
Eric Aasen contributed to this report.