It began as a simple racial slur by a white frat boy at the University of Alabama. But over the past week, college-based racism in America has snowballed into a certifiable trend. Observe:

With four confirmed incidents in the course of a week, college racism has easily surpassed the Official Trend Story threshold. But to make it truly national, we'll need at least one haughty northern school to join in. No nooses this week, Columbia? It's only Monday.

[via Inside Higher Ed. Photo (Ole Miss, 1962) via AP]