February 27, 2020

Second Swastika Found in Syracuse in Less Than a Week

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A second swastika was found on the Syracuse University campus in the span of less than a week.

The Daily Orange student newspaper reported that the swastika was discovered on Jan. 24 in a men’s bathroom stall in the Marshall Student Union. The student union is where various classrooms, stores and restaurants are located on campus, according to The Daily Orange.

On Jan. 21, a swastika was found drawn on a table in the campus library. The perpetrator in that instance was discovered and referred to the university’s Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Anti-Defamation League New York/New Jersey tweeted that it was disturbed about the second swastika but thankful that a perpetrator was found in the Jan. 21 incident. “#Swastikas are deeply offensive and hurtful to #Jews and other minorities,” they wrote. “We expect appropriate action [to be] taken.”

There have been 22 instances of anti-Semitic and racist incidents at Syracuse since the beginning of November, according to The Daily Orange. One of the instances was a swastika drawn in the snow across the street from an apartment building where myriad students reside.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, criticized the Syracuse administration’s handling of such matters in November.

“They have not been handled in a manner that reflects this state’s aggressive opposition to such odious, reckless, reprehensible behavior,” Cuomo said. “That these actions should happen on the campus of a leading New York university makes this situation even worse.”