On Sept. 17, 2017, three Black University of Michigan students were targeted with racially derogatory language in the form of defaced name tags on their dorm doors. This is not only a crime of vandalism, but also a hate crime carried out by those with access to our campus and residence halls, presumably underclassmen students. As we move into the third week of classes, we have already encountered deliberate racism via social media and now directly to students in their campus homes, a space where they should feel safe.

We, the Black Student Union, stand in solidarity with the three Black students who were directly targeted by this heinous offense. As an organization, our mission is to promote the social and spiritual growth and safety of those affected by crimes such as this. We expect an appropriate response from the University, including an investigation and consequences for those involved in the vandalism. In times like these, it is important that we do not act solely out of the frustration, anger and sadness we may be feeling. We have to channel these emotions into productive action, in an attempt to leave the campus better than we found it. That being said, the Black Student Union will remain a resource to all Black students on campus and will always act with the community and not just for the community. We are strategizing ways to move forward and urge everyone to come together right now and, above all else, practice self-care.

Peace, Love and Solidarity,

The Black Student Union

University of Michigan at Ann Arbor

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