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:
- Georgetown (Kentucky) College: The Kappa Alpha chapter has been suspended "pending investigations into alleged racial slurs by fraternity members against a minority student."
- The University of Missouri at Columbia: A 19 year-old suspect was arrested for painting a racial slur on a statue on campus. (Please do click through for the mug shot.)
- Loyola University: A professor's been criticized for giving a lecture to a neo-Confederate group that supports secession of the Southern states. (He says he does not support their platform.)
- University of Alabama: In addition to the frat boy slur, there were also racial and ethnic slurs written in chalk on a sidewalk there last week!
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]