Eastern Michigan’s football team is 3-1 for the first time in 21 years after a 27-24 win over Wyoming on Friday night, but the peaceful on-field protest that followed the game is much more significant. Protests have filled the week at the school after officials found racist graffiti on the campus on Tuesday.
The university discovered and removed graffiti displaying “KKK” in red, white and blue spray paint and the words “Leave N****rs” on the wall inside the courtyard of Julia Anne King Hall on Tuesday morning.
EMU President James Smith condemned the racial slur in a statement Tuesday and vowed to hold those behind the words responsible.
“The University strongly condemns such a racist and thoughtless act, which runs completely counter to the values and welcoming environment of our highly diverse Eastern Michigan University community,” he said.
Eastern Michigan students organized on-campus protests, which were marred by a vehicle plowing into protesters later that day. Friday night’s protests, however, remained peaceful.