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Lynching Signs at NY Campus Spark Probe

Students speculate signs are response to Black Solidarity Day
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2011 12:31 AM CST
Lynching Signs at NY Campus Spark Probe
SUNY New Paltz, where racist signs have been posted.   (Facebook)

(Newser) – A series of hand-made racist signs at a campus of the State University of New York have triggered a police probe. Two signs referring to "lynching" and another stating "colored only" at a water fountain were posted on the New Paltz campus in the last week, said authorities. Some students speculated the signs were a response to Black Solidarity Day earlier this month. "We condemn such acts as contrary to our community values, hopes, and aspirations," New Paltz president Donald Christian wrote in an email. "While we cannot know the motivations of the person responsible for these acts, having them splinter our community may well feed into their goals. We must not allow that to happen." Police have several strong leads, but no arrests have been made, a spokesman told the Times Herald-Record. (Read more SUNY stories.)

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