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St. Thomas students stage sit-in after n-word left on dorm room door

Hundreds of students showed solidarity after the racist incident.
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Hundreds of students and staff at the University of St. Thomas staged a sit-in on Thursday in response to a racist incident.

A black student last week found a note on their door in Brady Hall saying "[N-word] go back," with the university's president Dr. Julie Sullivan saying it's not the first time something like this has happened at the St. Paul college.

On Thursday, hundreds joined in with a "white-out" sit-in at the Anderson Student Center. They were all wearing white to symbolize the "current demographic" at the college.

The event was hosted by the Black Empowerment Student Alliance and Asian Students in America Club.

"Black students belong on this campus and we are not going anywhere. This behavior remains a common trend at the University of St. Thomas," BESA said in a statement to Tommie Media

"Let us not be ignorant to the countless other racist acts against students of color that go unpublicized, unreported, or covered up."

Pictures were shared on social media of the protest by the University of St. Thomas Student Diversity and Inclusion Services, while video was uploaded by the Minneapolis NAACP.

Among those in attendance at the sit-in was St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, and Kevyn Perkins, the victim in the racial incident.

Perkins told Tommie Media it wasn't the first time he had been targeted for racial abuse on campus, and says he doesn't feel safe after the latest incident.

The university has launched an investigation into who scrawled the message on the student's door, asking anyone with information to call school authorities at (651) 962-TIPS (8477) or by emailing pstips@stthomas.edu.

The student or students involved face possible expulsion when they're found, with Sullivan saying "this kind of cowardly act has no place" at the university or anywhere else.

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