‘Racially charged’ incidents reported overnight on Duke’s campus

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DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Police are investigating after two “racially charged” incidents were reported on Duke’s east campus Thursday morning, Duke officials confirmed.

A pumpkin with a swastika carved into it was found near the Gilbert-Addoms residence building. Sheets of paper with “It’s okay to be white” written on them were also found on a bench outside a few dormitories, officials said.

There were three or four of the fliers found posted on trees in various locations.

It’s not known who carved the pumpkin or who put up the fliers, officials said. 

“We denounce these actions for what they are: cowardly acts of vandalism that are intended to intimidate, but instead remind us that we are, and will continue to be, a strong inclusive community that stands up to hate and bigotry,” said Michael Schoenfeld, Duke’s vice president for public affairs and government relations.

Schoenfeld said similar fliers have been reported on college campuses in Vermont and New York in recent months. This is the first time they’ve been reported on Duke’s campus.

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