December 7, 2019

Swastika Drawn in Snow Near Syracuse Among Latest ‘Racist Incidents’ on Campus

Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

A swastika was found drawn in the snow close to Syracuse University on Nov. 14.

The student newspaper Daily Orange reports that the swastika was across the street from an apartment building where several students reside.

Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh condemned the swastika in a statement.

“This is another of several such racist incidents in our City in the past week. These acts are vile and appalling, and they will not be tolerated,” Walsh said. “The Syracuse Police Department is actively investigating this most recent incident, and they are also involved in the prior cases. We will keep working to find the people responsible.”

Syracuse University Hillel Director Jillian Juni similarly told the Daily Orange that the swastika “is extremely upsetting for Jewish students on campus, especially on the heels of the racist incidents earlier this week targeting both Black and Asian students.”

The prior incidents involved other “racist and bigoted graffiti” found on campus or nearby the school, according to The Washington Post.  Additionally, an unnamed fraternity was suspended on Nov. 17 after video emerged of members hurling “racist language at a black woman” on Nov. 16, 1010 WINS reports.

Kent Syverud, the chancellor of the university, said in a Nov. 17 video to students that “Our Orange values are stronger than these shameful acts. We will be sharing further detailed updates early this coming week.”

Syracuse University Department of Public Safety Chief Bobby Maldonado also said in the video that people with information regarding the various instances on campus could receive an award of up to $50,000.

Anti-Defamation League New York and New Jersey tweeted, “Good to see the strong response from local law enforcement and the @SyracuseU leadership in wake of the series of incidents on campus.”