Our joint statement with ADL Cleveland on the multiple incidents of racist, antisemitic graffiti defacing our beloved Ohio University graffiti wall.
cc: Sarah Livingston
James Pasch, ADL Regional Director, Sara Scheinbach, ADL Senior Associate Regional Director, and Sarah Livingston, Executive Director of Hillel at Ohio University release the following statement on the 7/1/2020 racist, antisemitic graffiti on campus:
This is the fourth time in six weeks that the Ohio University “free speech zone” has been defaced with racist, antisemitic graffiti. We are appalled and saddened that this continues to happen. It would be despicable on its own to have swastikas and an SS symbol spray painted in the area, but the fact that these hateful symbols were drawn over images of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery is sickening. This is a time for us to unite in a fight for justice and equality and we will not let hate and division stop us.
We know all too well that hate speech doesn’t stop with speech—it can grow and deepen and turn into real world violence. We stand unified in our condemnation of this hateful graffiti, and in our work to fight hatred and bigotry. We are actively working to connect with University administration and community leaders to prevent an escalation of racist and antisemitic rhetoric on campus and in our community. Ohio University is better than this; Ohio is better than this.