Correction appended, Nov. 11
Signs displaying racist messages were found on the campus of Yale University, the dean of the college told students in a email Tuesday, as racially-charged incidents on campus continued to receive national attention.
The email, sent by Yale College Dean Jonathan Holloway, told students that campus police had found video footage of an incident involving the signs and a preliminary review indicated that Yale students were not involved, the student-run Yale Daily News reports.
Nelson Burrow, the school’s Afro-American Cultural Center Director, told the News that the signs featured the phrases “All Lives Matter” and “No More Dead Black Children” on the front, but that the back of the signs contained references to black criminality, rape, and violence.
“The University condemns these messages, which are an affront to us all,” Holloway wrote in the email. “As President Salovey and I wrote just a short time ago, Yale embraces our community’s diversity, and it is committed to increasing, supporting and respecting that diversity; it is what makes our campus such a vibrant and dynamic place, built on mutual respect.”
The news comes as Yale is embroiled in multiple racial and identity-based controversies. The university is investigating a fraternity after allegations that the frat turned students of color away at a Halloween party, and protests broke out around an email sent by a faculty member to students about Halloween costumes that could offend minorities and people of color.
On Monday, students held a march of “March of Resilience” against racism.
Correction: This article originally misstated the date the signs were found on campus. It was Nov. 10.
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