The New York City Police Department has launched an investigation into the appearance of swastikas scrawled onto four dormitory doors at the New School in Manhattan.
NY1 reported on Sunday the father of a Jewish student whose door was vandalized was the first to report the Nazi symbols, which have since been wiped away by security personnel.
NYI spoke to three of the affected students, all of whom expressed fear and concern that this happened in New York City (the New School’s slogan is literally, “A Progressive University in NYC”).
“I think it’s really important that people know that we’re not immune to things like this and we can’t just pretend that we’re in this bubble and things like this can’t happen here because clearly they do,” an unidentified student told NY1.
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Since Donald Trump’s electoral win on Wednesday, there has been a sharp rise in racist, xenophobic bullying across the country, in elementary and high schools, as well as on college campuses.
On Saturday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wrote, in his first public statement since the election was called for Trump, that his state has, “fundamentally different philosophies than what Donald Trump laid out in his campaign,” and would be a refuge for all oppressed people.
“Whether you are gay or straight, Muslim or Christian, rich or poor, black or white or brown, we respect all people in the state of New York,” the Governor wrote.