NEW SCHOOL TROUBLES: Several students at The New School found swastikas on their dorm room door on Saturday morning. One of the students, Sam Liechtenstein, posted a photo of the swastika on her door on Twitter with this comment, “We woke up to this on our door, in a dorm at @TheNewSchool, where three Jewish women live.”
Reached for comment, David Van Zandt, president of The New School, said, “The New School was notified that four dormitory doors were defaced on our campus with a symbol intended to threaten and express hatred. Our community standards are very strong and hate crimes are unacceptable at The New School. The New School is committed to tolerance, respect and diversity. Any form of expression that denigrates members of our community based on their race, ethnicity, religion, sexual or gender identity, or political beliefs is completely abhorrent and antithetical to our core values. We take any such instance seriously and we are investigating swiftly. We are taking appropriate action to ensure the security and safety of all our students.”
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio also tweeted on Saturday afternoon, “Hate speech is reprehensible, and has no place in NYC. To the affected, we stand with you. To the perpetrators, we are better than this.”
The incident at The New School follows reports of similar racial slurs at high school and college campuses throughout the U.S. in the wake of the election Tuesday of Donald Trump as president-elect. His election has sparked demonstrations — and at least one riot — in major cities in the U. S. In Manhattan, demonstrators again took to the streets Saturday, causing chaos on Fifth Avenue and streets surrounding Trump Tower, where the president-elect and his wife and young son Barron reside. Retailers nearby have said their business has been severely impacted by the demonstrators and accompanying security measures. Stores near Trump Tower include Prada, Gucci, Bulgari, Tiffany and Bergdorf Goodman. Scores of policemen were seen in Midtown on Saturday, including a police helicopter.