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

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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.”

18 Comment

  • 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.

    • Prince Of Petworth

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

      • 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.

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

      • 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.

        • 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.

        • 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.

      • 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.

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

    • 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?

  • justinbc

    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”.

  • 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.