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.”READ MORE: Ring Videos Show Creepy Encounters By Man At Home of Sacramento Mother And Her Children
Student Alegria Martinez says she and other women of color created the art because they’re tired of white women appropriating their style.READ MORE: 'I Thank God': More California Churches To Offer Vaccines In Effort To Reach Underserved Communities
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.MORE NEWS: 'A Trend That Won't Go Away': Sacramento City Leaders Consider Permanent Plans For Street Dining
Oliver says the hate directed at campus threatens the well-being and safety of students and others.