Northwestern seeks FBI help after more anti-Semitic, racist graffiti found

After a fourth recent incident in which anti-Semitic or racist graffiti was found on the grounds of a Northwestern University building in Evanston, the FBI has been asked to help investigate what authorities are calling a hate crime, school officials said.

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“University police have asked the FBI to assist in the investigation and have classified this as a hate crime,” said Alan Cubbage, president of university relations for Northwestern. “It is obviously a matter of concern and very troubling.”

Northwestern cops continue to probe racist graffiti

On June 19, during an early morning security sweep, school authorities found a swastika and other offensive graffiti etched in dirt on a window at Ryan Field, where the university held its graduation ceremony later in the day, officials said.

“It was drawn in the dirt or the dust on the windows,” Cubbage said. “That was removed shortly thereafter. It was well before Ryan Field was open for commencement, so none of the guests saw any of the graffiti.”

The June 19 incident marks at least the fourth time in the last two months similar graffiti has turned up on university property in Evanston, officials said.

Diane Carbonara, a public affairs specialist with the FBI’s Chicago office, wrote in an email that the FBI had been called in to discuss graffiti with Northwestern officials. She would not confirm or deny that an investigation is underway.

On June 8, anti-Semitic and racist graffiti was spray-painted at the construction site of the new Kellogg School of Management near the lakefront, and several examples of hate graffiti were also discovered inside the university library in April, officials said.

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Anti-semitic and racist graffiti was found on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston for the second time in two months. (WGN-TV)

Anti-semitic and racist graffiti was found on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston for the second time in two months. (WGN-TV)

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“There have been several incidents at different locations around campus,” Cubbage said. “What’s happening now is the university police are investigating with the assistance of the FBI in trying to determine if there is any kind of relationship among them or any pattern.”

Brian L. Cox is a freelance reporter.

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