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Harvard Professors Shocked by Vandalism on Black Law Teachers' Portraits

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By    |   Friday, 20 Nov 2015 05:37 PM

Some African-American Harvard Law professors were shocked to find their portraits defaced with strips of black tape this week, and now authorities are investigating the vandalism as a hate crime.

Students and faculty members found the defaced portraits Thursday morning, and their outrage spread across the university campus and the country, The New York Times reported.

Professor Ronald Sullivan Jr., whose portrait was taped off, tweeted about the incident:



But later in the day, he wrote on Twitter, "I love my HLS students! They've replaced the act of defacement with love notes to all the black faculty."



The apparently race-fueled act distressed students at the prestigious school.

"People were very emotional. People were very hurt," Shay Johnson, a third-year law student at Harvard, told Business Insider. "It seemed another instance of where black voices on campus were being silenced."

The incident, she said, reminds her of growing up in the South.

"I attended middle and high school in Birmingham, Alabama, at a majority white institution, and then I went to Spellman," she told BI. "One of the reasons I went to Spellman was because of the experience I had in Alabama. And when I saw the pictures crossed out in that way, it hearkened back for me to times being in high school with people who would literally call me n*****. It personally took me back to that phase and I had a pit in my stomach coming to campus [on Thursday]."

HLS President Drew Faust said in a statement, "Such acts of hatred are inimical to our most fundamental values."


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