A white nationalist hate group allegedly vandalized property at Northern Kentucky University over the weekend, the second time this year.
Members of Patriot Front, which formed after the 2017 “Unite the Right Rally” in Charlottesville, Virginia, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, scrawled their logo and painted over a mural of Black students on the “Housing Rock,” in front of the public space on campus, according to social media photos from students on campus.
“NKU will not tolerate the white supremacy graffiti defacing our campus today or any day. This latest act of vandalism is contrary to our core values and our commitment to fostering a more equitable, inclusive environment in which everyone is valued and free from discrimination of any kind,” NKU President Ashish Vaidya said in a statement Saturday.
“NKU is privileged to serve more than 16,000 students with broad perspectives and world views from all walks of life. Our community cannot thrive when individuals are targeted because of the color of their skin, how they look, who they love, or how they identify themselves. We believe our campus is enriched by diversity in thought and experience gained by welcoming people from all backgrounds and perspectives. This is woven into the very fabric of what NKU stands for and holds dear.”
Graffiti from Patriot Front was previously found on campus in late January.
Vaidya said the school immediately launched an investigation through the Bias Response Protocol Team and will “evaluate and refortify the security of our public spaces to better protect our residents and the campus community,” including increased nightly patrols.
Aliya Cannon, the president-elect of NKU’s Student Government Association, said she’s “tired of the disrespect, of the hate, of all the hate crimes that continue to go on our campus unnoticed.”
“I’m sorry to the minority and marginalized communities that are constantly being affected by these rude and disrespectful efforts from a hate group because they should not be occurring,” she said in a Twitter video. “But I’m not into saying I’m sorry, I’m into getting change done. And that is what we’re going to do.”