Tufts University reports 2 hate incidents on campus in past week

The president of Tufts University announced that two acts of hate happened on campus in…

The president of Tufts University announced that two acts of hate happened on campus in the past week.In a letter to the Tufts community, President Tony Monaco says several Asian students were walking along Professors Row when they were verbally assaulted with hateful and anti-Asian rhetoric from people in a passing vehicle.In the second incident, Monaco says members of a Tufts athletic team found a large swastika painted on the shed at Bello Field, which is also used by local community sports organizations.Monaco denounced the anti-Asian and anti-Semitic acts and stated that all in the Tufts community have a responsibility to speak out against such bigotry.”Unfortunately, these anti-Asian and anti-Semitic incidents are part of a larger trend in the United States. Our campus has not been immune to this trend as complaints of bias to our Office of Equal Opportunity have increased significantly over the past several years. This is not acceptable,” Monaco stated in his message. “Though we have been striving to become a more just, more equitable and more diverse university, incidents of bias and hate such as these demonstrate that we still have far to go. I hope you will join me in redoubling our efforts and recommitting ourselves to eliminating racist and anti-Semitic acts in our community.”The Tufts University Police Department is investigating the hateful acts, and they are unsure at this time whether the perpetrators in either case are members of the school’s community.Anyone who has information about either incident is encouraged to call Tufts police at 617-627-3030. Anonymous reports can also be filed by clicking here.

The president of Tufts University announced that two acts of hate happened on campus in the past week.

In a letter to the Tufts community, President Tony Monaco says several Asian students were walking along Professors Row when they were verbally assaulted with hateful and anti-Asian rhetoric from people in a passing vehicle.

In the second incident, Monaco says members of a Tufts athletic team found a large swastika painted on the shed at Bello Field, which is also used by local community sports organizations.

Monaco denounced the anti-Asian and anti-Semitic acts and stated that all in the Tufts community have a responsibility to speak out against such bigotry.

“Unfortunately, these anti-Asian and anti-Semitic incidents are part of a larger trend in the United States. Our campus has not been immune to this trend as complaints of bias to our Office of Equal Opportunity have increased significantly over the past several years. This is not acceptable,” Monaco stated in his message. “Though we have been striving to become a more just, more equitable and more diverse university, incidents of bias and hate such as these demonstrate that we still have far to go. I hope you will join me in redoubling our efforts and recommitting ourselves to eliminating racist and anti-Semitic acts in our community.”

The Tufts University Police Department is investigating the hateful acts, and they are unsure at this time whether the perpetrators in either case are members of the school’s community.

Anyone who has information about either incident is encouraged to call Tufts police at 617-627-3030. Anonymous reports can also be filed by clicking here.