“Spelman is love, justice and respect. You, the perpetrator, are not Spelman.”
LGBTQ students at Spelman College, an all-girls HBCU located near Atlanta, say that someone put hateful notes under the doors of their dorms.
So far, three notes were discovered in the past few weeks. The latest one was found on April 30th, according to Spelman officials. The notes read: “Keep your tran out of our bathrooms Thanks!”, “We don’t want you … freaks! No queers!” and “#DIE … We don’t want you here.”
Spelman has launched a formal investigation, according to spokeswoman Audrey Arthur. The college’s president, Mary Schmidt Campbell, sent out a letter via email to the Spelman community Tuesday confronting the incident.
“Here’s a message for the perpetrator: You are not Spelman College, Spelman abhors your behavior. Spelman will continue to open its arms to embrace all of our Spelman students whatever their gender identity, sexual orientation or gender expression. Spelman is love, justice and respect. You, the perpetrator, are not Spelman.”
Campbell recounted a trip students and staff took to Montgomery, Alabama, visiting the National Memorial for Peace and Justice.
“How ironic to come home to Spelman and experience continuing expressions of hatefulness here on our campus, in the form of a note slipped under a resident’s door,” she continued.
To combat this issue, Spelman administrators said they interviewed all the victims. A hall meeting was held, but officials have been unable to determine who is responsible for the notes. In response, some students sent the administration a list of demands, including gender neutral bathrooms in resident halls, sensitivity training for faculty and gender-inclusive housing.
In the November announcement, the school explained “Students who choose Spelman come to our campus prepared to participate in a women’s college that is academically and intellectually rigorous and affirms its core mission as the education and development of high-achieving Black women.”