Student Body Says Racism Usually Hardly The Bother; School Launches Probe

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Fordham University is trying to get to the bottom of a series of alleged hate crimes.

The most recent incident involved a racial slur discovered by a janitor in a bathroom in Goupil Hall on the Bronx campus, reports CBS 2’s John Slattery.

“It’s a shame in New York City, a place with some much diversity and culture. It’s really ignorant and really sad,” Fordham senior Mike Diaz said.

1010 WINS’ Terry Sheridan reports

They are the latest of three suspected bias incidents in the last month. The first was the “N” word scrawled on the dorm room door of a female resident assistant in Walsh Hall. Then, at the Lincoln Center in Manhattan, in stairwell of McMahon Hall, a homophobic word was found.

African American students Slattery spoke with found it all odd and out of character with the fabric of the school.

“I’ve never ever thought about being a minority here. I mean, doesn’t seem like it matters,” senior Josh Itano said.

But the slurs have certainly mattered to the school’s administration, with University President Joseph McShane saying the campus community, “will do everything in their power to stop these incidents and start repairing the trust damaged by them.”

“I’ve never encountered any racism or anything like that,” senior Shante Carpenter said.

With students forming what seems like a united front against hatred, an investigation is underway, hoping to find those responsible.

The office of Residential life and Campus security are conducting the investigation.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below …

Comments (15)
  1. BlckWoman4Justice says:

    This article does not represent what truly happened at MY SCHOOL and all of you claimign this is not a big issue then why are you wasting your time addressing it. There is nothign wrong with progess no matter how big or smaill it is. Attacking students who have gone through racism is not benefical to anyone. Why dont you do more research on whats really going on rather than being ignroant and making judegements before you have done your research!

  2. The Facts says:

    More often than not, the perps will turn out to be members of the “offended” groups. This is hardly newsworthy.

  3. vinnie says:

    the world is ending !!!
    Hate Crimes are the end of the earth
    I know of bigger hate crimes that are never reported by Main stream media
    this story is made up in place of reporting on real hate crimes

  4. Hmmmm Did it REALLY happen? says:

    Are we going to find out that this is just another attempt by a lonely person at getting attention? It seems like every so often that we have to read about these stories and then…………………………nothing. A GREAT majority of the time we find that the person did it themselves in a cry for attention. What will we find out THIS TIME???

  5. Alyson says:

    I would just like to note that this article is missing a lot of critical information as to why students are taking it so harshly, and I think the student interviews should be taken with a grain of salt considering how many more minority students feel very differently about how race is handled on campus. For a better understanding, I encourage readers to look in “The Paper”, one of Fordham’s campus newspapers (but not “The Ram”, where the story was censored to make administration look better). And I’d like to express my extreme disappointment in CBS for watering down the story as much as it did, especially considering how many students are hurt by discrimination/bias on campus on a daily basis. If you didn’t plan to tell it correctly, then why bother?

    1. Miguel says:

      I went to Fordham CLC, spent plenty of time at Rose Hill, and even attended Fordham Law. In total, I walked around Forhdam for 8 consecutive years, and not once did I encounter any type of racism from staff, faculty or students. I would have noticed- I’m Puerto RIcan. I hung out with students of all genders, worked in the dean’s office and the law library, Like anywhere else, is it posible there was an incident with someone? I’m sure – but to label it a Fordham problem? I don’t see it.

      1. Alyson says:

        Well I can’t contradict your personal experience, it’s very valid, but I do know my own experience and those of my peers, faculty members, and staff who would say otherwise. I think you’re fortunate not to have encountered those types of people, being as it definitely isn’t every single individual but rather certain members of the Fordham community. But there is something innately wrong when an institution sends out an angry email over common vandalism in a dorm but fails to address hateful vandalism targeted at a particular student.

        1. james says:

          property destruction is a lot worse than grafetti which is easily cleaned. how do you know it’s even someone on campus? the way the N word is thrown around these days it might have been a girlfriend saying hello. You should have gone to Yeshiva if you are that uncomfortable as a Jew in a Catholic university.

          1. DarthEVaderCheney says:

            james. Shame on you!!! Shut up and apologize!!! NOW!!!

  6. Nick says:

    I’ve seen graffiti in every stall in every male bathroom I’ve ever stepped foot in my entire life. Why is it that only Fordham that gets bad publicity for being ‘racist’? Welcome to life: some people write uneducated, ignorant statements in places others will see them. Why should my school’s reputation be tainted by news like this?

    And btw, want to fix race percentage differences at a school? Talk to the admissions department! Stop blaming the educated, cultured students.

  7. B F D says:

    the world is ending !!!
    Hate Crimes are the end of the earth
    I know of bigger hate crimes that are never reported by Main stream media
    this story is made up in place of reporting on real hate crimes

    1. dakotahgeo says:

      More nimrod posting by BFD, which you are not a BFD!

  8. Brian says:

    are you kidding me? a whole article about some graffiti? like this is the first time ever someone has inscribed rubbish on a bathroom wall. its just sharpie ink by some hooligans.

  9. dakotahgeo says:

    Find* the culprits….

  10. dakotahgeo says:

    ind the culprits, fine them heavily, boot them from the FU, and make darn sure they can’t even be admitted to a Jr. College in the future! Secondly….

Leave a Reply