NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Rutgers Scarlet NAACP will be hosting a rally Tuesday afternoon in support of black students at Syracuse University, where all social activities were suspended last month following reports that a fraternity member yelled a racial slur at a black woman.
The rally will start at 4 p.m. on the Brower Commons steps on College Avenue.
According to a press release from Bryan Matthew, a Rutgers student and rally organizer, "Across the United States, Black students are facing obstruction from their administrations and bigotry from their peers. Rutgers is no exception, and we need to come together to support one another and vocalize our opposition to hate here and at Syracuse."
School Chancellor Kent Syverud said in an email notice Sunday that university police had identified the suspects in the incident through surveillance video, eyewitness accounts and interviews. He pledged they would be held “appropriately accountable.”
Campus police said the African American student reported being “verbally harassed by a large group of individuals” and said they shouted the racial slur at her as she walked by. Syverud said the suspects were determined to be members of a campus fraternity that was later suspended pending investigation. He called Saturday’s report an “affront” to the safety and well-being of the university’s students and community.
“While only one fraternity may have been involved in this particular incident, given recent history, all fraternities must come together with the University community to reflect upon how to prevent recurrence of such seriously troubling behavior,” Syverud wrote.