Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, is reeling from reports that once again link the anonymous social media platform Yik Yak to campus controversy. A 26-year-old black male student, who’s asked not to be named, has gone to Portland police with an account of being attacked on Friday night by three white males on the university grounds. [photo via…]
The college has already been dealing with campus protests in the wake of threatening racist messages directed to black students via Yik Yak postings.
Here’s the account from the official police report:
On Saturday November 21, 2015, at 12:49 a.m., Central Precinct officers responded to Lewis and Clark College, located at 0615 Southwest Palatine Hill Road, on the report of an assault.
Officers arrived and contacted the 26-year-old black male victim, who is a student at the college. The victim told police that he was confronted and assaulted by three white males near the campus pool. The victim told police that the incident occurred at approximately 9:00 p.m. and he waited to report it until after talking with friends.
The victim told police that the suspect used racial epithets before assaulting him. The victim fought back and was able to get away and go to his residence on campus. The victim did not require medical attention as a result of the assault.
Based on the victim’s statements, Detectives assigned to investigate Bias Crimes responded to the campus to continue the investigation.
The suspect are described as three college-age white males, 5’8″ tall, medium build.
At this point in the investigation, it is not known if the social media posts on “Yik Yak” earlier this week have any direct connection to this incident. Both incidents remain under investigation.
The troubling Yik Yak posts had already been addressed with an official announcement from Oregon State Bar President Richard Spier: “We stand by students, faculty, school officials and alumni who are steadfast in their resolve to create campus communities in Oregon that welcome, value and support a diverse student body.”
Sadly, authorities have to consider that this might be another racial hoax. Saginaw Valley State University was recently sent into turmoil after a threat against African-Americans was made via Yik Yak—with a person posting, “I’m going to shoot every black person I can on campus. Starting tomorrow morning.”
As reported by the Saginaw News, police have since arrested Emmanuel D. Bowden for the Yik Yak post. He’s a black man who lived in Saginaw Valley State housing, and had formerly been a a student at the nearby Delta College.