“The significance of this occurring as our country continues to struggle with its history of white supremacy also cannot be ignored.”
The posters were pinned to bulletin boards and left inside glass display cases. Each was emblazoned with the Confederate flag and the text: “Huzzah for DIXIE. I wish I was in the Land of Cotton!”
On Wednesday, the college released a video of a man suspected of putting the posters: a white male wearing an orange hard hat and neon vest. He is seen walking through a university hallway.
“We must stand together strongly against this act, which was intended to frighten and divide our community,” college President Sylvia Burwell said in the statement.
Last year, students at a residence hall reported white students leaving a rotten banana at one black freshman’s door and throwing a banana at another black student, the school newspaper reported.
The Anti-Defamation League says that since September 1, 2016, it has documented 212 incidents of white supremacist flyers on 142 campuses in 37 states and the District of Columbia.