Students of The Lincoln University of Pennsylvania woke up this morning to see their university’s sign has been vandalized. The word “Ni**er” spray painted across the sign located at the front gate. Current students and alumni have united to share their feelings toward the incident via social media using hashtags #breaktheinternetLincoln, #blackexcellence, #firstHBCU, and #ThisisLincoln.
The Lincoln University founded in 1854, is America’s first degree-granting historically black university [HBCU] located in southern Chester County,Pennsylvania. Notable alumni are poet Langston Hughes, Thurgood Marshall who is the first African-American justice in the U.S Supreme Court, and the first President of Nigeria, Nnamdi Azikiwe, to name a few.
Nearly fifty years after Jim Crow Laws [separate but equal] have been overruled racism still exist. Located in a rural area which is known for Ku Klux Klan activity and a strong Amish community, The Lincoln University has brought diversity to the community over the years. Students of the university are standing firm, bringing attention to this incident.
Sources say, I think it’s unacceptable that someone would do that to try and discredit and humiliate us by writing that derogatory racial slur. Like always when faced with adversity we will rise to the top and keep on advancing the legacy.
Wasaba Sidibay, a current student of the university told THZ in an exclusive interview, It’s not necessarily the vandalism that bothers me because it can easily be covered, what I am bothered by is the fact that there are individuals in today’s society who continue to believe they are superior to People of African decent. Seeing that picture go viral this morning broke my heart, of all the positivity Lincoln brings about everyday the most negative thing was heavily broadcasted. I counteracted by starting the #breaktheinternetLincoln hashtag in order to serve as a reminder of who we are as lincoln students and pride ourselves in our accomplishments as students of African Decent. The vandalism emphasized that racism is very much still existent but as always we will rise above it and always prevail.
The graffiti was removed around noon Thursday. The university is still investigating the incident.