Several racial incidents have plagued the campus of Michigan State University.
• A black doll was found hanging by a noose in a university chemistry laboratory.
• A black student reported that a racial slur was written on the dry erase board on the door or her dormitory room.
• The word “nigger” was written on the wall of a freshman dormitory.
In a letter, Lou Anna K. Simon, president of Michigan State University, wrote that the incidents are “extraordinarily troubling and create a legitimate concern that all of us must address. Such behavior is not representative of MSU’s values, nor should it be tolerated.”
Blacks make up about 7 percent of the 47,000 students at Michigan State.