Racist graffiti was found written on a greenhouse at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Published reports stated that the two-word phrase included the word “Kill” and a racial epithet. The incident prompted a Black student leader to write a letter to the editor of the student newspaper on campus saying that African American students on campus “experienced more pure, unadulterated racism in one semester” than in several previous years combined.
The Black student leader alleged that African American students had been harassed by other students and by university employees this semester. She also questioned the treatment of Black students by Carbondale police.