Viral Facebook post from Nakia Jahna’e Hope shows that racism is still alive and well at K-State
Hope’s post had three pictures of a black male student’s car covered in racial slurs and threats
Earlier in the month, K-State caught heat after two students recreated Ku Klux Klan outfits on social media
In September, white nationalist posters were found around the campus
In May, a noose was found hanging from a tree near King Hall
In September 2016, the school got attention after a former student posted a “blackface” picture to Snapchat
UPDATE: During the investigation into this crime, Riley County Police Department found that the owner of the car, 21-year-old Dauntarius Williams, is responsible for the graffiti on his vehicle. Williams said it was a Halloween joke that got way out of hand. RCPD decided that charges would not be filed against Williams, despite a push from the Black Student Union to press charges.
Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, has caught national attention multiple times over the last years over racist actions from the students.
On Wednesday, Nakia Jahna’e Hope posted three pictures to her Facebook page with the caption, “Dear white people at K-State. Im so sick of yall shit…. This is what a black male student walked outside to this morning.”
The pictures were of a car that had been vandalized with racial slur and threats on every window.
Riley County Police Department says the report was made at 7:25 am, but the crime occurred hours earlier between 1:30 am and 3:30 am. Officers are said to be opening an investigation.
This incident is not an isolated incident for K-State. Earlier in the month, two girls found Internet fame after a believed to be racially charged picture of them went viral.
“K-State Kool Kids”
In the image, the two girls are wearing K-State hoodies, but are manipulating them to resemble Ku Klux Klan hoods. The caption read, “Newest Members of the K-State Kool Kids,” which many believe to be a play on words to get the abbreviation “KKK.”
After the Snapchat incident, K-State Black Student Union President Darrell Reese Jr told local media, “In this year alone, we’ve seen multiple incidents (at Kansas State), starting with the noose (left in a tree), with the white supremacist signs posted up (on campus), and then now, this.”
White Nationalist Posters
Reese is referring to racist posters that were found around K-State in September of this year. One of the white nationalist posters read, “We were told Asia for Asians, Africa for Africans, white countries for everyone. Diversity means less white people. We have a right to exist.”
In May, a noose was found hanging from a tree on campus near King Hall. The K-State Police Department removed the noose. Then on April 24, Holocaust Remembrance Day, somebody posted an anti-Semitic sign on campus. It was reported that there were other derogatory signs against other groups as well, including African-Americans.
In September 2016, K-State caught national attention after a former student, Paige Shoemaker, posted a racially charged image on Snapchat. The image showed two girls with “blackface” and the caption, “Feels good to finally be a nigga.”
“It was sent in a joking manner to our friends,” Shoemaker said. “I am the least racist and most accepting person you will meet. Never would I send it in a derogatory way.”