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AU Student Leader targeted in an “online post authored by a white supremacist”

by Prince Of Petworth May 5, 2017 at 11:45 am 18 Comments

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From the AU Police Department:

“Responding to & Preventing Cyber Harassment

An online post authored by a white supremacist was discovered on May 4, 2017, by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) targeting a student leader. American University Police is investigating the incident and encourages the community to follow these safety tips on cyber harassment.

Safety-Advisory-05-05-2017-Cyber-Harassment (PDF)

If you have information related to this incident, or witness suspicious activity online or in person, please call the American University Police at 202-885-3636 or 911 for the Metropolitan Police Department.

Make a Confidential Tip through the University Police Webpage.”

Ed. Note: Earlier this week in a different case the American University Police issued an alert and a “$1,000 reward regarding the recent racially motivated hate crime on campus.”

  • JonJRoth

    As an AU alum, I can’t help but think this is a bunch of white frat boys thinking they are being funny (they are not). I graduated over ten years ago and as a white middle class guy, there was always this undertone of racism among some of the students. As a Jewish person, I never really thought much about my heritage until all the junk I overheared and was directed at me by serious mouths.

    • Since this incident came from the ADL – presumably this is an established white supremacist and not just “frat boys.”

      • JonJRoth

        I would take this white supremacists for the trash that they are, trash. I just think the level of racism that was tolerated on this campus by specifically some of the greek life wouldn’t be a surprise.

    • Brett M.

      It’s absolutely disgusting how you played down this serious incident and made fabricated excuses for an evil racist.

      • kbm

        Calm down, Brett. Tossing gays off the highest building is a serious incident. Posting mean stuff about someone on the internet is rude and childish.

        • Anon

          What?

        • FridayGirl

          It’s not rude and childish. If the post was threatening it can be harassment and/or a hate crime. How dare you downplay this, kbm.

        • tke98

          kbm, the threat came to the student leader several days after someone left bananas with the new student leader’s historically black greek sorority’s acronym written on them strung up in nooses around the campus. This is a serious incident.

      • JonJRoth

        How did I even make an excuse for some racist a-hole? My point, which may not have been spelled out the best, was that when I was on campus there seemed to be a tolerance for racist and offensive behavior, one that I did not think was cool in any shape or form. I think when you tolerate this stuff on any level it only escalates.

    • tom

      See link below, this appears to be real hard core scary racism. Not some click bait campus PC racism story.

  • Anonthony

    Is there any reason to believe this is connected in any way to the incident that took place earlier this week?

    • FridayGirl

      I mean, is there any reason to believe it wouldn’t be? There just happened to be two separate incidents that appeared to target the same individual?

      • Emily

        She’s not. And he didn’t get fired.

      • FridayGirl

        Um, since when is being an investigator a prerequisite. Everyone else speculates, why can’t I?
        .
        (On a side note, I sometimes wonder if I’d get responses like this if people thought I was a guy. Hm…)

  • MadMax

    What a useless press release. An online post (??) by “white supremacist” (no name, affiliation, etc given), but people are supposed to provide tips as to who it was? Could they possibly be any more vague? I guess if they wrote “something happened, please let us know if you know anything about something”.

  • h.Wy

    http://www.theeagleonline.com/article/2017/05/law-enforcement-dispatched-to-protect-sg-president

    Andrew Anglin, founder of the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer, encouraged his followers to troll Dumpson and “any related social media accounts,” according to a letter written to the University by Doron Ezickson, director of the Anti-Defamation League’s D.C. regional office.

    • tom

      https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/individual/andrew-anglin

      He sounds like a real scumbag/nut job. Unfortunately I don’t know what we do about people like him? Technology has empowered idiots like this to spread their hate/magnifying their power. Tech companies have a role, but I think we also need to look at our laws on online harassment.

      I’m all for the 1st amendment and think the campus PC culture goes to far at times, but this behavior has no place in a civil society.

    • textdoc

      Thanks for the details.

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