Someone has carved and painted swastikas on elevators on Georgetown University’s campus.
According to an email sent out by Georgetown officials, swastikas were found carved onto the inside of an elevator at Village C West, an on-campus residence hall at Georgetown University. Furthermore, two more swastikas were found painted inside the elevator at a second dormitory Wednesday night.
Doron Ezickson, regional director for the Anti-Defamation League Washington, D.C, said that swastika graffiti has been utilized increasingly to create a climate of fear and intimidation.
Several university officials have condemned the incidents in messages to the campus community. Students from both political parties also spoke out.
“Georgetown University College Democrats and Georgetown University College Republicans denounce these symbols of hatred and anti-Semitism,” they said. “We remind all Hoyas, especially the new Hoyas, that Georgetown stands for inclusivity and has no place for bigotry.” Ezickson said his group was pleased to see a rapid response by the administration, police and others.
“Particularly, after the events of Charlottesville, I think there is a broad understanding and sensitivity to the importance of the majority of people to stand up and to state unequivocally that this does not represent the values of the university,” he said.
Georgetown University officials are asking anyone with information about the racist incident to contact the Georgetown University Police Department at 202-687-4343 or email@example.com.