Kent State's famous Rock has 'White Lives Matter' and racist 'blacks have no home here' message written across it
KENT State University's famous Rock now has "White Lives Matter" and other racist messages like "blacks have no home here" scrawled across it.
It's the third time offensive graffiti has been scribbled on the landmark at the Ohio university since the beginning of the school year in August.
On Monday, the school's administration said it was appalled to see another white supremacist slogan painted on it, Cleveland.com reported.
“Because of the repeated nature of these messages, we are investigating several potential actions, including fencing off the Rock, installing security cameras and even the Rock’s removal,” Kent State said.
"Now more than ever we commit to inclusion, respect and kindness as the most authentic expressions of who we are as a university and who we are as a family."
Students have traditionally painted and repainted The Rock, a large boulder on school grounds.
Kent State is where the Ohio National Guard shot unarmed students protesting the Vietnam war in 1970, killing four and injuring nine.
Pictures of the disturbing vandalism emerged on Twitter.
“Blacks have no home here," was painted over the phrase “Hate has no home here.”
Black United Students, a group for black students at Kent State, reportedly painted it twice with images of historic Black Nubian queen, the phrase, “Say their names,” and a raised black fist.
“White Lives Matter,” was painted over those images twice , according to the Akron Beacon.
“For those of you who do not know, the term ‘White Lives Matter’ was coined by neo-nazis [sic] and white supremacists,” Black United Students wrote in a statement.
The group want the code of conduct to be amended so the students involved would be ousted from the school.
The news comes as racial tensions in the United States reach boiling point amid widespread Black Lives Matter protests.
While COVID-19 continued to infect and kill Americans during the lockdown, a wave of protests swept the country after the police custody death of George Floyd on May 25.
The protests have continued all through the summer as the country faces a presidential election on November 3.
Although some rallies have been peaceful, many have descended into violent clashes between protesters and police, looting, and riots.
As the hostility escalates, Donald Trump vowed to restore "patriotic education" as he slammed schools for teaching The New York Times' 1619 Project.
Trump said he planned to "restore patriotic education to our schools, and we will teach our children to love our country, honor our history, and always respect our great American flag."
His comments about The 1619 Project came just a day after he was quizzed about teachers using it to teach slavery in America at a press conference.
He's also banned federal agencies from conducting racial sensitivity training related to "white privilege" and "critical race theory."
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