American University called police to protect its first black female student body president

American University called police to protect its first black female student body president
Source: AP
Source: AP

American University spokesperson Teresa Flannery said law enforcement has been dispatched to protect Taylor Dumpson — the school's first black female student government president — and her family after a racist incident on campus that targeted her and her sorority.


"Our community has been threatened on campus; it continues online," Flannery said in an email to the university on Friday morning, according to the Eagle, the campus newspaper. "American University will not allow any member of our community to be intimidated and we will not be discouraged. I hope you will stand with Taylor and me and continue to stand up for our values."

On Thursday evening, the Anti-Defamation League found that white supremacist Andrew Anglin urged his followers to troll Dumpson on the Daily Stormer, a neo-Nazi site, according to the Eagle.

This incident comes days after bananas, meant to target Dumpson and her historically black sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha, were found hanging on nooses all over campus. The bananas had "AKA free" and "Harambe Bait" written on them.

The FBI is currently assisting the university in its investigation over the racist incident. 

American University's public safety department did not respond to Mic's request for comment.

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