Grinnell College in Iowa has had a number of recent racial incidents on campus. Racist and white supremacist graffiti was discovered on campus signs and vehicles. In addition, members of the college community had reported hearing racial slurs shouted from moving vehicles. The student newspaper reported that racist graffiti was found on 14 vehicles.
Anne Harris, president of Grinnell College and Marc Reed, interim vice president for diversity and inclusion, issued a statement that said that “Black students, faculty, and staff are justifiably feeling and expressing anger, outrage, frustration, emotional exhaustion, disappointment, fear, and sadness. Many are concerned about their personal safety. Anti-Black speech and actions cause harm to Black students, faculty, and staff, and directly challenge Grinnell College’s values. They spread division, fear, and hate and damage the culture we strive to create on campus, one that supports, includes, and fosters a feeling of safety and belonging.”
According to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education, Blacks make up 4 percent of the student body at Grinnell College. But information supplied to JBHE shows that Black students make up nearly 10 percent of the first-year class at the college.