CSULB Officials Condemn Hateful Graffiti Found on Campus this Week

Graffiti targeting the black community found at Cal State Long Beach earlier this week has prompted campus officials to condemn the latest message spewing hate against minorities.

The graffiti was found in a men’s bathroom on Monday, according to the Daily 49er student newspaper.

The discovery prompted CSULB President Jane Close Conoley to send an email Wednesday afternoon alerting the campus of the graffiti, which was removed.

“As I have shared with you before, I vigorously condemn messages that demean any group,” Close Conoley said in the email. “In this case, our Black students and organizations—as well as our entire community—can be assured that when we discover the source of this or any other vitriolic graffiti, we will remove it immediately and continue to investigate perpetrators.”

“We are One Beach,” Close Conoley continued. “Our strength is in true partnership and mutual concern for every member of our community. No one and no group, insider or outsider, will succeed in undermining our journey toward Inclusive Excellence.”

The incident also resulted in a response from the school’s Black Student Union on Instagram.

“Although the political climate has increased the boldness of racism and prejudice on our campus […], we will continue to stand united against these hate crimes, and move forward together,” the post stated.

This incident comes about a month after threats were made to leaders with the La Raza Student Association and Jewish students and hateful posters were hung at the Multicultural Center. Other instances of hateful messages and threats have been popping up around campus since the beginning of the year.

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Stephanie Rivera is the community engagement editor for the Long Beach Post. After graduating from CSULB with a degree in journalism, Stephanie worked for Patch Latino and City News Service before coming to the Long Beach Post in 2015.