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'Colored Only' Sign Posted at State University of New York

Campus police, at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz, say they're investigating the posting of a sign reading "Colored Only'' that was found posted over a drinking fountain in the Humanities Building.

SUNY New Paltz President Donald Christian has sent memos to students and faculty condeming the incident. He is also proposing a Nov. 30 forum to discuss the racist sign.    

The Times Herald-Record of Middletown reports that the sign was found Nov. 8 and three other similar signs were found in a dormitory later that week.     

There have been no arrests, but campus police Chief David Dugatkin said Wednesday the investigation has turned up several strong leads.

Associate Professor Major Coleman, of the Black Studies Department, sent a letter to the college president noting that SUNY's undergraduate student body is just 5 percent black.

"It is our hope that over the coming weeks and months your administration will use this tragic event to begin the process of what Martin Luther King Jr. called 'substantive equality,' which is so desperately needed on this campus," Coleman wrote.


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