Thursday, April 5, 2012
Zimmerman Has Support From Racist Friends.
As students at The Ohio State University approached the Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center Thursday morning, they were met by three simple words loaded with a malicious meaning: Long Live Zimmerman.
The vandalism is in reference to George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch leader responsible for the murder of slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin.
Students immediately took to social media to express their anger, tweeting the university’s president and circulating the photo.
President Gordon Gee tweeted back stating, “Just learned of vandalism at our Hale Center. Deplorable act of intolerance– not who we are at Ohio State. Our Police are investigating.” He is expected to make an official statement about the incident Thursday afternoon.
The white spray paint has since been removed by a Student Life employee, but there are no suspects in the case.
Larry Williamson, director of the Hale Center, says they are working with University Police and are taking the necessary steps so that incidents like this never happen again.
“We want to be sure that these types of things don’t happen here at the Ohio State University,” Williamson said. “This is not the kind of climate that Ohio State is trying to have here at this university. The university prides itself in diversity and you have things like that that takes a step back.”
“We’re dealing with the situation with heightened security. We’re going try to make sure that we do everything possible that these types of things don’t happen.”
OSU students will meet at the Hale Center Thursday night to discuss the vandalism at their weekly Black Student Association meeting.