CLAREMONT, Calif. (AP) — The president of a Southern California college is condemning hate speech directed at the campus community by outsiders after a dustup over hoop earrings and cultural appropriation.

A wall on the side of a dormitory at Pitzer College that is devoted to free speech through art was recently painted by a group of Latino students who wrote: “White Girl, Take OFF Your Hoops.”

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Student Alegria Martinez says she and other women of color created the art because they’re tired of white women appropriating their style.

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College President Melvin L. Oliver wrote in a letter to the campus community that local news coverage has brought a “cycle of violent hate speech” directed at students, who have been getting harassment and threats from people off campus.

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Oliver says the hate directed at campus threatens the well-being and safety of students and others.