A student in a dorm on Eastern Michigan University’s campus found a black doll hanging by a noose in the shared bathroom. Campus officials are investigating the matter.
The person responsible has already been caught. They did not live in the residence hall, but were a guest of someone who does.
They have claimed this was just a prank.
And officials said it was a hoax, but yet here we are— Gianbattista (@dw2415) February 12, 2019
Black people will never find depictions of lynching funny. Others shouldn’t either. Our sense of humor about hanging was lost long ago. This is an interesting ‘joke’ to tell during Black History Month. https://t.co/07VynI1wmN— Dr. Willie Parker (@DrWillieParker) February 14, 2019
They had a lot of "pranks" in the 1800s.— Rick Wright (@RickWrightNow) February 14, 2019
IT'S A RACIST INFESTATION IN THIS BITCH SMDH https://t.co/c2vYYiT99q— Yolanda Burks (@HalimahNaimah) February 14, 2019
Always just a joke 🥺🥺🥺— KDRoberts (@thakicker11) February 13, 2019
The doll was discovered earlier this week by Christopher Casillas, a resident advisor. Since then, word of the display has spread across campus.
Carrie Davis, a senior at EMU said,
“I don’t know what to say. I can’t believe that happened here.”
Disbelief seemed to be a recurring theme among the interviewed students.
EMU sophomore Logan Anderson said,
“It’s a little surprising. We’re usually about family here.”
The culprit is also a student of EMU, though they did not live in the residence hall. They were dating a student who did live there, and put the doll up as a prank on them.
People are calling for the student to be expelled.
The students that did this have to go.— Robert French (@A2Foxfire) February 13, 2019
To go and buy a BLACK doll and hang it with a noose around it’s neck is utterly sickening and the Black Community of EMU will no longer stand for the injustice occurring.— THE PHOENIX (@phoenix_emu) February 12, 2019
NOT ACCEPTABLE https://t.co/g7xXWIJNpI— mbarlondsmith (@mbarlondsmith) February 13, 2019
And done at an honors hall. 😑 mfs not stupid.— Pacquiana (@fijiwatergirI) February 13, 2019
Eastern Michigan University have released an official statement reading,
“Eastern Michigan takes this matter very seriously. There is absolutely no place at Eastern for hateful and racist actions, regardless of their intent.
“At this time, the University continues to investigate the incident and will take appropriate steps upon completion of the investigation.”
It is possible for the offender to be charged with ethnic intimidation, punishable by up to two years of prison time and a $5000 fine.
It may seem like people are being too hard on this “prank” but lynching imagery is a serious matter. It was only as recently as 50 years ago that the practice was seen as rare.
It is only just yesterday, that the Senate passed a bill that would make lynching punishable as a federal hate crime that looks like it’s on its way to becoming law. While a similar bill passed the Senate before, it couldn’t get past the GOP controlled House.
While progress is coming, it is slow.
Not racist? I call bullshit.— B&B Ranch (@BandBRanchInc) February 13, 2019
this is why HBCUs are extremely important...— #HE (@intelcorey) February 13, 2019
I’m tired of white people pic.twitter.com/OSeTyBlxdj— Rusty Shackleford 🥑 (@_khatagories) February 12, 2019
If these individuals are not expelled then what does that show about the commitment this school has to all its students.— Robert French (@A2Foxfire) February 13, 2019
The school has yet to announce the outcome of this incident and what punishment, if any, there will be. In the meantime, students are left questioning.
Another student, Kya Fordham said,
“If you can do that, what else can she do?”