Racists Attack Kansas College President With Biracial Children
A few months after William Jones became president of a small liberal arts college in rural Lindsborg, Kan., he and the school apparently became the target of several racist messages written in chalk on campus sidewalks.
Jones, who is white, has six kids ages 7 to 14, two of whom are adopted biracial children. A majority of the school’s high number of student athletes tend to be minorities, a spokeswoman for the college told The Washington Post.
Jones said he believes the messages were prompted by a campus event in which he was photographed washing the feet of a black student, a college senior. He said he wanted to show the campus community the value of servant leadership, and he purposely picked out someone whose background is different from his. The racist messages were found shortly after the event last August.
Jones wrote that he had received a call from a man who said he and four others were responsible for the messages.
“That’s right. Think about it. A man called my office to tell me that messages like the outline of a dead body and ‘make Lindsborg white again’ were directed at my family,” Jones wrote. “Let it sink into your mind and heart. Dead body outline. Children. Hate. As a parent, how would you feel?”
The Lindsborg City Council has unanimously passed a Resolution Supporting and Promoting Diversity and Inclusiveness since the attacks:
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