Authorities at American University in Washington D.C. are investigating the appearance of ten posters featuring the Confederate flag and stalks of cotton found across campus late Tuesday evening.
In addition to the racist imagery, the posters also featured well-known Civil War-era Confederate slogans, including ““Huzzah for Dixie” and “I wish I was in the land of cotton,” according to the campus newspaper, The Eagle.
In a statement, the AU administration hinted that it thought the signs had been a response to the work of Dr. Ibram Kendi, who runs the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at the university. In his own statement, Kendi commended the AU student body for standing up to the “racist terror” the Confederate posters represented.
The American University student government addressed the racist signs in a brief statement posted early Wednesday morning, in which it connected the bigoted provocation to country’s broader political climate.
“The significance of this occurring as our country continues to struggle with its history of white supremacy also cannot be ignored,” the statement read.
This is not the first racist incident to shake the campus calm at AU in recent months. Last spring, bananas were found hanging from nooses at the school, each featuring the abbreviation for the historically black sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha written on their sides.
AU police are investigating the Confederate posters.
Update, 11:38 AM: AU officials have released a surveillance camera image of the man they believe is responsible for the racist flags.