Racial message targets sorority on American University Campus

American University students and faculty found bananas hanging from strings in the shape of nooses in three places on campus Monday.(Source: @KingPablo26 )

WASHINGTON, DC — American University students and faculty found bananas hanging from strings in the shape of nooses in three places on campus Monday.

The bananas were marked with the letters “AKA,” which stands for Alpha Kappa Alpha, a sorority whose members are predominantly African American women, according to statement from the D.C. school.

According to the university’s Interim Vice President of Campus Life, Fanta Aw, the photos of the incident began circulating on social media this morning.

“These racist, hateful messages have no place in our community,” said Aw. “The safety of our students is paramount.”

The American University Department of Public Safety is investigating and reviewing video from the areas. They will continue to share more information and release photos as they come available.

American University Student Government President released a statement reading in part:

“It is disheartening and immensely frustrating that we are still dealing with this issue after recent conversations, dialogues, and town halls surrounding race relations on campus. But this is exactly why we need to do more than just have conversations but move in a direction towards more tangible solutions to prevent incidents like these from occurring in the future.”

Taylor Dumpson
AUSG President

This is not the first time racial incidents have been reported at the school. In September 2016, an African-American woman said a banana was thrown at her.

Anyone with information to share about this incident is encouraged to go to the AUPD TIPS site or call 202-885-2527.