Students at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, were “hurt and angry” after learning a black doll was found hanging by a rope in the elevator inside the freshman’s dormitory after Donald Trump won the presidency, according to the WKBW Buffalo.
An unnamed student who found the black doll Tuesday night hanging in the elevator immediately alerted school leaders and campus police after allegedly snapping a picture of it and posting it on social media.
Although the hanging black doll was removed from the elevator, students at Canisius College – “where 71.9 percent of students are white and 6.9 percent are black” – took action and reported the incident to their local news station, claiming that this is the outcome of Trump’s presidency.
A black male athlete at the college, who asked to remain anonymous, told reporters that he is thinking about leaving the college, as this isn’t the first racial incident he has encountered since enrolling at the school.
He went on to say that now Trump has become the 45th president of the United States, he believes the issue is only going to get worse.
In a Facebook post, Kelly Haynes disagree with what is being reported, saying, “This is ridiculous – there is no noose around this doll. This is a Bitty Baby from American Girl and like all dolls from AG (as I or anyone who has worked there can tell you), the head is connected to the rest of the body by a string, which is what you see in the picture. I am disappointed in the actions of many Americans in the last 24-48 hours because of this election, especially those spreading false information.”
Haynes went on to say that she “would never condone a hate crime, but finding a doll in an elevator is not a hate crime; don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.”
Stephanie Fois on Facebook agreed, adding that the string people are calling a noose just may be a string that “holds that doll’s head onto the rest of its body (it looks like a Bitty Baby’ from American Girl – I had one growing up and her head fell off once, it was horrifying, but I digress.)”
Fois went on to say that she hopes the black doll found hanging in an elevator at Canisius College is a case of misunderstanding, adding, “If it is not, then this is terribly tragic.”
The president of Canisius College, John J. Hurley, released a statement after learning about the black doll found hanging in the elevator, which stated as follows.
“We will hold responsible whoever perpetuated this despicable act that goes against everything for which Canisius College Stands.
“I cannot condemn this strongly enough. This cannot and will not be tolerated on the Canisius campus.”
“We have been working this year on improving our campus culture and making it one in which all of our students of color feel equal, valued and respected and where we truly embrace and celebrate diversity as a strength,” the statement continued. “I am totally committed to working with our students, faculty, and staff to foster an environment at Canisius that is respectful, welcoming and safe.”
“This incident is extremely troubling on several levels and it indicates we have work to do. I should stress, however, that we should also keep perspective and not paint the entire campus community with a broad brush over the stupid act of one or a few individuals.
“I will keep the campus informed as our investigation progresses.”
After the black doll was found hanging in the elevator, a school meeting was held the following day to discuss the issue.
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