Colorado State Students March Against Antisemitism After Spate of Hateful Incidents
Jewish community members and their allies at Colorado State University (CSU) marched against antisemitism last week, after a Jewish student was targeted with Nazi messages and a wireless network was given an antisemitic name.
CSU freshman Hannah Kramer, who lives in a residence hall at Laurel Village, wrote a note about the Jewish New Year on her dorm door’s whiteboard before someone anonymously added the message, “Heil Hitler,” the school’s student newspaper reported.
“I did not expect anything like that when I got up to campus,” Kramer said. “I don’t like the fact that I may or may not be living in a hall with someone who wants me dead. I just went into my room and cried.”
Also this semester, a personal server in the residential Durward Hall was renamed “F*** Jews,” while a paper noose was found in a residence hall right before classes began.
CSU’s chapter of the Jewish campus group Hillel responded by organizing the march that was attended by students and faculty members, including CSU’s assistant dean of students, John Henderson.
“I wish I could say we were at a time where these events wouldn’t happen,” Henderson said at the march, according to The Rocky Mountain Collegian.
The event sought “to let the haters know that we are not afraid,” Hillel director Alex Amchislavskiy told the paper.
On the day of the march against antisemitism, a female Middle Eastern student faced intimidating behavior from a local resident while riding a bus, who was later issued an order barring him from campus grounds.
CSU President Tony Frank issued a statement shortly afterwards condemning the series of incidents that took place this semester and any other “acts of hate and terror.”
He also acknowledged “concerns” raised by students and faculty about the way the administration informs members of the community about hate incidents that occur on campus, saying, “How much to communicate and when … can be a difficult balancing act.”