A small college in Minnesota was shutdown by protests earlier this month due to concerns about a racist note found on a student’s car. St. Olaf College announced Wednesday that the note was a hoax perpetrated by a student seeking to “draw attention to concerns about the campus climate.”
The hoax at St. Olaf College did indeed start a movement as a protest cancelled classes on May 1. Two days prior, a student said she found a letter on her car that read: “I am so glad that you are leaving soon. One less nigger that this school has to deal with. You have spoken up too much. You will change nothing. Shut up or I will shut you up.”
This lead to days of demonstrations with students chanting: “This ends now.” Local police ended up investigating who was behind the note and two other racist ones reportedly found.
“We’re confident that there is no ongoing threat from this incident to individuals or the community as a whole,” St. Olaf College president David Anderson said in a school-wide message. In another email he added, “The reason I said in my earlier note that this was not a genuine threat is that we learned from the author’s confession that the note was fabricated. It was apparently a strategy to draw attention to concerns about the campus climate.”
Maybe it really is time to start using the ‘Trump’s Law’ meme.