Bananas Carved With Black Sorority Letters Found Hanging From Nooses at American University

The school's president called the act a "crude and racially insensitive act of bigotry." 

By Gina Tron

American University officials are investigating the appearance of bananas that were strung up around campus Monday. Carved on the bananas: the initials AKA, letters that reference Alpha Kappa Alpha, a historically black college sorority.

According to New York Daily News, President Neil Kerwin will hold a campus meeting about the incident on Tuesday. Kerwin called the bananas a "crude and racially insensitive act of bigotry." He also said the school, located in Washington D.C., will "do all that we can to find those responsible."

NBC Washington reported that the bananas dangling from nooses were found at a shuttle bus stop, a dining hall and a residence hall for undergraduates.

Just last month, Taylor Dumpson became the first black female president of American University Student Government last month.
"This is exactly why we need to do more than just have conversations but move in a direction towards more tangible solutions to prevent incidents like these from occurring in the future," said Dumpson in a statement. "This is not what I imagined my first letter to you all would be. In my first message to the student body, I would have wanted to talk about accountability, transparency, accessibility and inclusivity. Now more than ever, we need to make sure that members of our community feel welcomed and, above all, safe on this campus."

[Image: @KingPablo26 on Twitter]


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