Black Women At American University Attacked With Bananas
Black students say the incident, which happened at about 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 8 in the Anderson dormitory, was one in a series that has sparked racial tensions on the District campus. Another black student on the same floor of the dorm found a rotten banana outside her door the same night; she also found an obscene drawing on the whiteboard attached to her door.
The reports have sparked outrage on campus and prompted a call from the Black Student Alliance, an umbrella organization for black groups on campus, to suspend the students who were involved. A protest is scheduled at the university for Monday.
The university released a statement Friday saying that an investigation is proceeding through the student conduct process and that it condemns discrimination and discriminatory harassment. It did not identify the students.
“We understand that members of our community feel hurt by an incident that happened in a residence hall and separate allegations of racially biased behavior,” the statement said. A university spokeswoman also emphasized that the school has a “firm commitment to broadening diversity and understanding,” pointing to a newly created President’s Council on Diversity and Inclusion that plans to meet for the first time soon.
American University’s Black Student Alliance responded to the alleged attack with this statement: