The vandalism continues over the painted display the CRs had put on a bridge at the University of Minnesota. More signs are being place over the original artwork. One sign says “Hate Speech Is Not Free Speech.”
— Francisco (@dietChola) October 2, 2016
At the University of Minnesota, college republicans (CRs) are receiving heavy backlash after participating in a sanctioned school event called paint the bridge. In accordance with university guidelines, the CRs chose to paint a ‘build the wall’ display.
The CRs posted their painting on Facebook which received criticism and the display was quickly vandalized Friday night.
On Saturday morning, the display was again vandalized. This time, the phrase “stop white supremacy” was spray-painted.
Instead of working to find who vandalized the wall, Heather Lou, the Assistant Director of the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence said the university plans to hold a processing/debrief/support space on the original display for students.
Here is Lou’s response to the painting:
Any alteration(s) to any panel by any person(s) outside of these designated time(s) is considered vandalism and subject to university policy and/or local, state and federal law(s).