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Hate Incident Displaces University Housekeeper
Diamondbackonline ^ | Thursday, May 8, 2014 | Erin Serpico

Posted on 05/10/2014 6:53:19 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Racial slur written on dorm whiteboard

When a housekeeper who works in Easton Hall arrived for his shift Friday morning, he saw offensive language written on a lounge whiteboard.

(Deleted) had been scrawled repeatedly on the whiteboard stationed in the communal room on one of the floors he cleans in the dorm, said the housekeeper, who asked to remain anonymous.

University Police received a call at about 9 a.m. regarding the hate bias incident and officers responded to the dorm to find the derogatory word written all over the whiteboard, police spokeswoman Sgt. Rosanne Hoaas said.

After the incident, Residential Facilities advised him to work two floors below his assigned floor for two days until the investigation was further processed, the housekeeper said.

Amy Martin, Department of Resident Life associate director, said an email was sent to all floor residents, describing the incident and reminding students that this behavior is unacceptable.

Printouts of the email were also posted on the doors and in the hallway, Martin said, followed by a meeting Sunday night to discuss the situation as a floor.

Some students have been apologetic, the housekeeper said, writing apology notes on his supply closet door.

“Many were very upset by the incident,” Martin said. “Many of them see [him] as a member of the community.”

This hate bias incident is different from vandalism, Hoaas said, as no one physically damaged the board and the words were erased easily. A hate crime is a criminal act with hateful motivation, such as assault or graffiti, she said.

“There’s no crime associated with it,” Hoaas said. “It is an incident; it is something we investigate, but there’s no criminal charges for a hate bias incident.”

If a student is eventually proven to be tied to the incident,, it could result in a referral to the Office of Student Conduct and the Rights and Responsibilities Office, police said, although the investigation is still ongoing.

“We really wanted people to know they need to be more respectful,” Martin said. “[The meeting] was for the students on the floor to process what the incident means with each other, but also to try to figure out if anyone has any information.”

While Martin said most students were shocked and disappointed the incident took place and Resident Life is taking steps to prevent something like this from happening again, the housekeeper said students and faculty alike have to remember to respect one another.

“Housekeepers here are not important,” he said. “We’re important in our own way, but to Residential Facilities and management, we’re just here to clean.”

Police said if students have any information about the incident, they should call University Police or submit an anonymous tip online.

“Even if whoever wrote it didn’t mean for it to impact others, it certainly did,” Martin said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: donutwatch; hatebiascrime; insult; thoughtcrime

1 posted on 05/10/2014 6:53:19 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
“[The meeting] was for the students on the floor to process what the incident means with each other, but also to try to figure out if anyone has any information.”

I think I'm going to need counseling.
2 posted on 05/10/2014 6:58:26 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: nickcarraway

Well? What was this horrible, terrible awfully awful word?
It sounds like the students are taking it harder that the so called victim. As the kid say nowadays, haters are gonna hate. Sometimes you have to let a bit of rudeness roll off and just keep going. Presuming, that is, the victim did not write the dasterdly word himself to achieve victimhood status.


3 posted on 05/10/2014 7:01:49 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: nickcarraway

What ever happened to “stick and stones...”?


4 posted on 05/10/2014 7:01:55 PM PDT by lightman (O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance, giving to Thy Church vict'ry o'er Her enemies.)
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To: nickcarraway

A racial slur so bad it must be replaced with “deleted.” I wonder what it could be.


5 posted on 05/10/2014 7:02:11 PM PDT by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: lee martell

Still no further news on the hate crime attack on April 1st in Ypsilanti Michigan.


6 posted on 05/10/2014 7:03:29 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: lee martell

Maybe he supports traditional marriage and they called him a “homophobe”?/sarc


7 posted on 05/10/2014 7:05:48 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux. If not now, when? If not here, where?e)
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To: nickcarraway

Everyone seems to be missing the real point here. It was a WHTIEBOARD!!!! Obviously, the school administration is racist, or they would have put up a BLACKBOARD.


8 posted on 05/10/2014 7:06:44 PM PDT by PAR35
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Cops didn’t take it as a “hate bias crime” when two hispanic yutes jumped out of a car, pulled a gun on me, and told me to “get on the ground nigger!”. “Stay down nigger!” as they took my wallet.

I’m white.

No followup calls. No request for me to provide a sketch artist with a profile.


9 posted on 05/10/2014 7:13:19 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: nickcarraway

We call in police and make a campus-wide incident over some ink scribbled on a wall.

We are weak.


10 posted on 05/10/2014 7:18:19 PM PDT by lurk
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To: nickcarraway

$20 says the housekeeper wrote it him/herself.


11 posted on 05/10/2014 7:22:12 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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I'm with you . . . or asked one of his/her friends to do it so they'd have an excuse for getting the vapors.

Years ago, one of our instructors, who was about to give a lecture on Nitsche's philosophy has written on the board:

"God is Dead" Nitsche

Underneath, we wrote:

"Nitsche is Dead" God

We all had a good chuckle. Today, I suppose, we would've been suspended.

12 posted on 05/10/2014 7:42:23 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: nickcarraway

I remember reading about one of these whiteboard-message hoaxes a couple months ago. Not very original.


13 posted on 05/10/2014 7:51:12 PM PDT by FoxInSocks ("Hope is not a course of action." -- M. O'Neal, USMC)
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To: Secret Agent Man

“$20 says the housekeeper wrote it him/herself.”
****************************************************************

You’re going to end up quite wealthy if you always take such easy bets.

I think you’re likely right-—another hoax.


14 posted on 05/10/2014 7:52:18 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: nickcarraway

these things never turn out to be real. Not since the 1880’s


15 posted on 05/10/2014 8:15:23 PM PDT by equalator
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To: nickcarraway

The students were upset? Gimme a friggin break. How many of these yutes,janitor included, listen to NWA, Jay Z, or any other hip hop? If I were the premier of Canada I would storm the borders and conquer the USA.


16 posted on 05/10/2014 8:59:53 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: nickcarraway

I have no idea what this was about. How come they apologized to the “housekeeper” ?


17 posted on 05/10/2014 9:02:40 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: nickcarraway

The bathrooms at the school must be biohazard-class filthy, since the housekeeper apparently never sees them and their inevitable graffiti.


18 posted on 05/11/2014 3:10:09 AM PDT by Sooth2222 ("Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of congress. But I repeat myself." M.Twain)
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To: nickcarraway
This hate bias incident is different from vandalism, Hoaas said, as no one physically damaged the board and the words were erased easily. A hate crime is a criminal act with hateful motivation, such as assault or graffiti, she said. “There’s no crime associated with it,” Hoaas said. “It is an incident; it is something we investigate, but there’s no criminal charges for a hate bias incident.”

Not for long - they will plug that "gaping hole in the law" and future cases will be Class A Hate Crime Felonies (unless of course they are found out to be hoaxes - then they will become "harmless gags").

19 posted on 05/11/2014 3:47:21 AM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: Organic Panic

Canada? Heck these days france could do it


20 posted on 05/11/2014 6:31:25 AM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%i)
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To: PAR35

Now, you can’t be hanging a black nothing nowhere. That’s rasis!


21 posted on 05/11/2014 9:37:04 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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The housekeeper was offended but no one else was? Where's their diversity?

If you are the housekeeper, just erase the board, already.

I'm sure glad I'm not a (deleted), (deleted), or a (deleted), I might have my panties in a twist, too!

22 posted on 05/11/2014 9:40:25 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: nickcarraway

Oh no, NOT a hate incident!

Quick - do something...


23 posted on 05/11/2014 9:42:05 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: nickcarraway; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; Bigg Red; ...

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


24 posted on 05/11/2014 12:21:53 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Of COURSE bacon is good for you!!!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Good grief!


25 posted on 05/11/2014 5:13:21 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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