WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue police investigated the third possible act of racist vandalism on Purdue's campus. Police Chief John Cox said the words "white supremacy" were found in the Black Cultural Center.
UPDATE: Purdue has determined this incident was not racially linked. An instructor accidentally imprinted the words on a mirror while holding a seminar. Here's our new story.
Below is our original story, published before the University released its findings.
Cox said it will likely be categorized as a bias incident, because no permanent damage was done.
"There was some discussion by staff that indicated that it could have been possibly left over from a class that had been in there," said Cox. "We have since contacted the instructor who has since told us it wasn't her handwriting. The investigation is ongoing."
According to the FBI, Purdue had the second highest number of reported hate crimes among the country's colleges in 2011. There were seven hate crimes reported, five of which dealt with race.
Last September, the "n" word was found written in a classroom in a Krannert library, and in February of 2012, professor Dr. Cornell Bell's picture was defaced with the "n" word in Krannert.
Black Graduate Student Association President Tyrell Conner said the report didn't surprise him.
"But it surprised a lot of administrators," said Conner. "I think that's interesting, because you can see that kind of disconnect because they don't live on the grounds as far as students do, and especially underrepresented minorities and those international students that experience this on a daily basis."
For that reason, Conner said a group is planning to march through campus to hold a peaceful demonstration Monday.
Conner said Purdue administrators aren't doing enough to address the racist acts on campus. He's hoping Monday's march will catch the attention of Purdue President Mitch Daniels and administrators.
He says all participants will be wearing black for solidarity and carrying candles.
"We're going to continue this march in the spirit of those 129 black students in 1968 that marched in front of Hovde and left bricks in front of the Hovde administration building," said Conner. "They left a note saying, 'Or the fire next time.' The theme of this march is, 'The fire this time.'"
Conner said acts of racism impact everyone at Purdue.
"This is not just a black or white issue," said Conner. "This is a Purdue community issue. There are a lot of groups on campus that experience discrimination, hateful acts and racism in many various forms. We would like to make a stand collectively and show this will not be acceptable at Purdue."
The march is open to the public and will start at the Black Cultural Center at 11:30 a.m. Monday. It will end in front of Hovde Hall.
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