Racial tensions were on high at Hampden-Sydney College, as school officials say about 40 students at the small all-men’s college in Virginia shouted racial slurs, threw bottles and set off fireworks outside the Minority Student Union within hours of President Barack Obama’s re-election.
The disturbance late Tuesday and early Wednesday also included threats of physical violence, President Chris Howard said in an email to parents.
Members of the Minority Student Union notified campus police of the gathering outside their house. An investigation is under way.
As reported by the Richmond Times:
“I am terribly disappointed with the students who participated in this harmful, senseless episode including those men who stood idly by and watched it happen,” wrote Howard, the college’s first African-American president. “There is no place for bigotry or racism on this campus.”
Howard is the college’s first African-American president. He said in the email that he was disappointed in the “harmful, senseless episode” and that bigotry has no place on the campus of 1,080. About 9 percent are black.
This is the second protest of racial unrest that has occurred since re-election night. Students at the University of Mississippi in Oxford late Tuesday also shouted racial slurs after Obama won a second term.