Berkeley Students Stage Walkout After Racist Message Discovered

More than 700 students from Berkeley High School are protesting a racist message displayed on a computer in the school’s library.

As the Chronicle reports, yesterday afternoon school officials discovered a message on the computer referring to the KKK and threatening a “public lynching” on Dec. 9. According to a statement from the school’s Black Student Union, the message also included the phrases “'Fuck all the niggers in the world,' 'KKK forever public lynching December 9th 2015,' and 'I hung a n*gger by his neck in my backyard.'”
“This is a hate crime and messages such as this one will not stand in our community,” principal Sam Pasarow said in an email statement to the community. “I assure you that we are giving this investigation the utmost attention, as well as involving the Berkeley Police Department.”

Per the Chronicle, the message appeared to be a modified screenshot of the library webpage, not a hack.

The school’s Black Student Union deemed the message “terrorism” and urged the school to investigate seriously.

“In the past acts of terror committed against the Black student body have been ignored such as the racist statement written into last year’s yearbook and the noose that was found on campus. We will not allow this to be trivialized like these other horrific instances,” the union wrote.

 

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