Sunday, April 13, 2003

Yale Thug Watch

Here's an email detailing recent events at Yale. Obviously I can't verify all of the claims:

The following is a list, possibly incomplete, of violent events that have occurred on the Yale campus in the past 36 hours. Please circulate widely.

1) Wednesday morning - Publishing of an article on Katherine Lo,
whose suite was entered by three men armed with a 2x4 after she displayed an American flag upside-down outside her dorm room window. They attempted to enter her room, which was locked, and left the following note: "I love kicking the Muslims bitches ass! They should all die with Mohammad. We as Americans should destroy them and launch so many missiles their mothers don't produce healthy offspring. Fuck Iraqi Saddam following fucks. I hate you, GO AMERICA."

2) Wednesday evening - A group of undergraduates participated in a silent, non-violent vigil-type action in the University's dining halls to mourn the loss of Iraqi civilians in the current conflict. Raphael Soifer, a participant, was followed out of Davenport and spit on by a husky white male.

3) Wednesday evening - Multiple anonymous, racist and threatening posts made on the YDN online forum in response to the article on Katherine Lo. The YDN online forum was shut down later that evening.

4) Wednesday 9:45PM-10:15PM - Perhaps in response to signed posts on the YDN online forum regarding life attending Yale and racism from an African-American student, the following note was left on the door of the Afro-American Cultural Center: "I hope you protesters and your children are killed in the next terrorist attack. Signed Fuck You."

5) Wednesday night/Thursday morning - Undergraduates decided to fly American flags upside-down outside their windows as a sign of dissent, distress, and solidarity with Katherine Lo. Undergraduate Laura Hess' name appeared in the YDN as helping to coordinate this action. Her suite was illegally entered and the flag reversed to hang right-side-up.

6) Thursday morning - Undergraduates put up an art installation, permitted by the President's Office, on Cross Campus. The work included 22 American flags representing the 22 failed US attempts of military intervention in the name of democracy. One flag, in the center, was hung upside-down. A group of husky white males confronted the activists involved, demanding to see the permit. After being shown the permit, the group proceded to rip down the flags anyway, destroying the group's property.

7)Thursday morning - Between 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM, the flag hung upside-down outside the window of undergraduate Julia Gonzales was ripped down and stolen.