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School, Protesters Vague On Details Over Banana Incident

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Amber Randall Civil Rights Reporter

American University students and administrators have been vague on the details surrounding the alleged racist banana incident concerning two black female students.

Students stood at the college’s university center Monday to protest against an accused spate of racial incidents aimed at black female students, reports The Washington Post.

They demanded the university suspend the white male students who allegedly threw a banana at a black female student, while some protesters carried signs reading “Racism at AU is bananas.”

A black female freshman said a banana was thrown through her dorm room door Sept. 8. Another black student found a rotten banana and drawings of penises on the white board outside her dorm the same night.

The university did not return emails from The Daily Caller News Foundation requesting for more information on the investigation into the incident.

As of now, the university has not released concrete details on how it discovered the culprits and what type of punishments they received.

The information provided came from a statement from university President Cornelius M. “Neil” Kerwin. Kerwin said the incident had been investigated and the students “have been held accountable through the student conduct process.”

Ma’at Sargeant, a sophomore and organizer of the protest, alleged that these incidents were one of many.

American University students got offended over what they felt were racist posts on Yik Yak last year. One user wrote that she did not like 99 percent of the black people she met.

Sargeant and fellow students have asked the university to hire a more diverse faculty for the office of student life. They also want the campus to issue an alert to students when a “race issue” occurs.

“Nothing is ever done, no consequences, just town halls where we speak to deaf ears,” Sargeant told The Washington Post.

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