GENESEO – Someone drew the letters ‘KKK’ into the side of SUNY Geneseo’s famous gazebo sometime before Wednesday morning.
The graffiti, believed to be lines of mustard, has since been removed. Media relations personnel at SUNY Geneseo say that the College intends to make a formal statement on this incident.
“We are still gathering the facts at this point,” said SUNY Geneseo Media Relations Director David Irwin. “We will be making a statement on this.”
The photo of the graffiti, which was posted to social media at 8:12 a.m. on Wednesday, drew an immediate mixed response.
“Notice how all these KKK signs show up in predominantly liberal areas…” posted Kieran O’Dea. “Your overreaction is driving this phenomenon. Take a deep breath, and realize we don’t live in the 1960s.”
“I’m less inclined to think so with the swastika drawn outside a student’s door, 40+ students who have received texts with hateful content related to race and sexual orientation (number confirmed by an admin as of a few weeks ago), and the fact that white supremacist groups actively exist and recruit locally and throughout western New York (and many, many other places)” replied Jes Heppler.
Some members of the public denounced the drawing as hate speech, but others dismiss it as an attention-grabbing prank.
“An act of terrorism,” posted Julia Deacon.
“Probably just some idiots who think that kind of s*** is funny,” posted Stephanie Newman.
This is not the first hate symbol to appear on the campus in recent weeks. Two weeks ago, a swastika and the word ‘Trump’ spraypainted inside a residence hall provoked an investigation by University and State Police. That investigation is still ongoing.
“Let us judge our community by how we react collectively,” posted Anders M. Korn.
The gazebo provides one of SUNY Geneseo’s most scenic views of the Genesee Valley. Many people flock there to watch brilliant sunsets or storms rolling in from miles away.