A fourth incident of racial hatred has hit the University of California San Diego. This time, a Ku Klux Klan-style hood was found on a statue on campus.
A university statement said the hood was found on a statue late Monday night. The object appeared to be a white pillowcase that had been crudely fashioned into a hood with a hand-drawn symbol. A rose had also been inserted into the statue's fingers. The statement went on:
“The items have been removed and the police are processing them for evidence, including fingerprint and DNA analysis. We will pursue this with all of our authority and individuals who are responsible will be punished to the full extent of the Student Code of Conduct and all applicable laws.”
The statue is of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as the children's author Dr. Seuss. It stands outside the library that bears his name. Geisel donated $20 million for the library, as well as the Cat in the Hat Statue.
This latest incident follows three others recently -- late last week a noose was found in the library, there was a "Compton Cookout" that mocked Black History Month, and then there was a student-run broadcast that defended the cookout and included racial slurs.
In the noose incident, a female student sent an anonymous letter to the school newspaper apologizing for a "stupid mistake". She was suspended, and the case has been sent to prosecutors for possible hate crime charges.
The university is working with the black students to improve conditions for them on campus. Blacks make up just 2% of students at UCSD. The statement said:
“We will not allow this incident, or any incident, to deter the progress we are making to change and heal our university community,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne Fox. “We will not tolerate these despicable actions. We stand in firm solidarity with our students and are fully committed to instituting their recommendations. We know these changes will make this university a better place and will help us improve our campus climate.”