On Nov. 12, an offensive drawing was discovered in Eisenhower Hall.
Mason police reported the incident at 12:04 a.m. on Nov. 13 calling the incident an “intimidation” and stating a “[c]omplainant (GMU) reported an offensive drawing on a dry erase white board possibly motivated by hate or bias,” according to the department’s daily crime and fire log.
Around 3:00 p.m. on Nov. 13, president Ángel Cabrera released a statement addressing the situation.
“Racism has no place at George Mason University,” the statement begins. Cabrera then called the illustration “demeaning, dehumanizing, and unfit for our community.”
He went on to stress the importance of conversations among the entire campus community that address diversity and intolerance and said he has heard those already speaking out about these issues.
“I am working with my leadership team to develop a series of dialogues to inform appropriate policies and actions,” Cabrera wrote.
Freshman Tiara Green, a nursing major, posted a video of the drawing the night it was discovered at 10:37 p.m. with the description — “racist drawing found in [E]isenhower.”
Many other tweets have since been posted, some with the hashtag #NotJustMizzouGeorgeMasonToo, a reference to recent protests at the University of Missouri.
See other tweets from members of the Mason community responding to the drawing:
— Ángel Cabrera (@CabreraAngel) November 13, 2015
— Alexis Jenkins (@aceprincesslexi) November 13, 2015
— Brian Palomo (@gmuBP) November 13, 2015
So Mason has finally decided to release a statement. However we need actions more than words rn #NotJustMizzouGeorgeMasonToo
— Betty Crocker (@bahamiangold) November 13, 2015
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