The American University Student Government issued the following statement after 10 Confederate posters were found on campus on Tuesday evening. (9/27/17, 1:00am)


The American University Student Government is infuriated by the Confederate flag posters with cotton bushels found in Battelle, McKinley and Mary Graydon Center on Tuesday evening.

 

We found out about these posters as the AU community did—through horrifying images on social media. We commend the students who reported these posters to AUPD, and we thank the American University administration for their swift actions tonight—opening an investigation into this matter and notifying students via a statement on social media.

 

As the statement by Dr. Fanta Aw said, the significance of these posters appearing on the same night that Dr. Ibram Kendi shared his vision for the AU Antiracist Research and Policy Center cannot be ignored.

 

The significance of this occurring as our country continues to struggle with its history of white supremacy also cannot be ignored. 

 

The AUSG executive board lends total support to the American University Police Department as they begin the investigation to bring whoever committed this act to justice.

 

To American University students who are concerned with their safety as a result of this and other acts that we have faced as a community this year, know that we will not stop advocating for a safer, more inclusive and united student body.

 

This will not begin or end with a statement by AU or AUSG. AUSG is working on further actions with our campus partners for this week and beyond.

 

Student resources:

  • Office of the Dean of Students, walk-in hours 2-4pm daily, Butler 408
  • AU Counseling Center, 202-885-3500, MGC 214
  • AU Police Emergency, 202-885-3636
  • AU Police Non-emergency, 202-885-2527

 

Signed

 

TAYLOR DUMPSON

AUSG President

SOLOMON SELF

AUSG Vice President

CHRISTINE MACHOVEC

AUSG Comptroller

KRIS SCHNEIDER

AUSG Secretary