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Racial remarks against minorities has been surfacing the web all week long since Trump was elected president.
Messages stated in a racist GroupMe account targeting several African American college students was brought to the attention of the University of Pennsylvania administrators this past Friday.
One student had broke down in tears, reflecting on some of the disturbing contents that he had seen, which was also shared on social media.
“I stared an administrator in the eye and literally lost it. And quite honestly I just can’t stop crying. I feel sick to my stomach. I don’t feel safe,” said University of Pennsylvania student Calvary Rogers on Facebook. He said the group, to which all black freshmen were added, was named “N-gger Lynching, according to http://time.com/.
Aside from the racial slurs that was anonymously posted, a calendar invitation was also displayed for a “daily lynching” as well as old images of African-American lynchings. There was also references made towards the comments that newly elected President Donald Trump had made about grabbing women by the genitals without consent.
“We are absolutely appalled that earlier today Black freshman students at Penn were added to a racist GroupMe account that appears to be based in Oklahoma,” the university said in a joint statement released by President Amy Gutmann, Provost Vincent Price and Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli.
“The account itself is totally repugnant: it contains violent, racist and thoroughly disgusting images and messages. This is simply deplorable.”
“This is absolutely vile material and completely offensive to everyone on our campus,” the statement said. “We are both angry and saddened that it was directed to our students or to anyone. The people responsible for this are reprehensible.”
The campus police was notified about this incident and are currently trying to find out the suspect (s) responsible for this account. They have also increased their security watch around campus.