After racist slur discovered, students praise how St. Thomas handled the incident

Updated: September 12, 2019 10:15 PM

Students at the University of St. Thomas gathered Thursday night for to stand up against racism and hate, after a racist slur was discovered in a residence hall bathroom.

University officials say a group of students discovered the N-word written in dust on a bathroom window in Ireland Hall late Wednesday night.


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Within 12 hours, the university released a statement detailing the incident and also announcing upcoming listening sessions for students.

"Addressing it right away is to show our visibility that this is not acceptable," said Kha Yang, the school's new associate vice president of inclusive excellence.

Yang's position was created, in part, to address racism on campus and to help students talk openly about issues they confront on a daily basis surrounding race.

"It was a great opportunity for us to get together to say hate is not tolerated on campus," Yang said of the afternoon session.

Students, like senior Maximillion Jude, said the university's position on addressing racism has changed over the last several years.

"The first two years, I didn't even hear about these incidents until months later and now I'm hearing about it the next day," Jude said. "They had a plan out immediately. They had rallies the next day."

Other students said while they're impressed by the robust response, they are still shocked and saddened to learn of incidents like this.

"It's frustrating that people still think this stuff is acceptable on campus and they can get away with it," said senior Rees Winga.

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