Racist comments were painted on Beta Bridge on the campus of the University of Virginia. The bridge, which spans railroad tracks, is routinely used by students as a kind of message board to convey sentiments to their peers.
University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan and several other administrators issued a statement in response to the racist comments which read in part:
“On the morning of Wednesday, May 1, a display of hate and bias was discovered painted on Beta Bridge. The individuals responsible for this derogatory message were trying to intimidate and isolate members of our University community. We reject this expression of hatred, and we stand by the University’s commitment to promote an inclusive and welcoming environment that embraces the full spectrum of human attributes, perspectives and disciplines. There is no place for intolerance, bigotry or hatred in such an environment. We condemn this abhorrent act, which is disruptive to civility and community life, is not representative of our values and will not be tolerated.”