A banana was taped to the door of two Black male students’ dorm room at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. In addition, pro-Nazi postings directed at students at the college were posted on the social media platform Yik-Yak. Students at the college complained that the administration’s response to the incident was slow and not sufficient.
In a statement to the college community, interim president Carroll D. Stevens said that “whatever the intentions when actions or words make members of our community feel unsafe or unwelcome, they do not align with our values as a college community. It is incumbent on every member of our community to learn not only how to avoid inflicting these harms but also to intervene actively when we witness them within our community.”
Rhodes College enrolls more than 1,800 undergraduate students, according to the most recent data available from the U.S. Department of Education. African Americans make up 10 percent of the student body.