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Racist and threatening graffiti found in City College restroom


by Ben Irwin | Editor-in-chief | [email protected]

A garbage can with racist and threatening language aimed at African-Americans was found at City College April 12 in the men’s restroom on the second floor of Rodda Hall South.

According to Kaitlyn MacGregor, City College public information officer, among the malicious messages was the name and address of a former Los Rios district student. While it is unclear what the purpose of the former student’s name and address was, MacGregor said the matter is currently under investigation by the Los Rios Police Department.

MacGregor said the garbage can was brought to Vice President of Instruction Albert Garcia around 2 p.m. after a faculty member noticed the racist and threatening language on the garbage can and immediately removed it from the restroom to report the threat. Rave alert emails were sent out to City College students, staff and faculty by 2:40 p.m.

“The important thing here is we activated quickly, got the information out to students via rave and to our faculty and staff, and that everybody is more aware,” said MacGregor. “So somebody saw it and immediately took action. There wasn’t this delay in telling somebody or reporting it, and I think that’s really important.”

MacGregor emphasized that students, staff and faculty should continue to report any information on past, present, or future incidents, and are encouraged to do so through the Rave Guardian app.
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“The [Rave Guardian] app is one of our strongest new safety features in terms of people having access to LRPD right there in their phones as long as they download the app, being able to reach people directly, to set safety timers, to do all those things that can help people stay safe,” said MacGregor. “Where it might be off-putting to call or try to go find somebody in person, you can just text in to [LRPD] with information to try and help us figure out who’s done this.”

MacGregor noted that City College administration will continue to look at the college’s safety features, as well as continue the “Your Voice, Your Power” forums into the fall semester. The forums were created to provide a platform for students to discuss topics they have identified as important to campus.    

“I think it’s very disappointing, and it really doesn’t represent the values of us as a campus,” said MacGregor said of the latest hateful incident. “I think the large majority of our student body—everybody’s just got this great positive energy, everybody’s moving toward educational goals and moving toward changing their lives, and things like this just doesn’t seem to be representative of our student body, so it’s really upsetting to see that continue to happen on our campus.”

The April 12 incident follows a string of hate speech episodes at City College in the fall 2018: Oct. 1 racist graffiti was found in the men’s restroom of Rodda Hall North, Oct. 8 hate speech graffiti was found in the form of swastikas drawn on a board in the South Gym and a third discovery of hate speech graffiti Nov. 15 in a women’s bathroom stall on the first floor of the Business building, giving rise to the administration’s response “Hate Has No Home On Our Campus”.

While there are no organized events currently planned in the wake of the racist and threatening language found at City College, MacGregor said she expects there to be more discussion when students return from spring break April 22.

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