NBC New York, November 17, 2011
Campus police at an upstate New York college say they’re investigating the posting of racist signs in two buildings at the school.
A sign reading “Colored only” was found posted over a drinking fountain in the Humanities Building at the State University of New York at New Paltz, 65 miles south of Albany, reports The Times Herald-Record of Middletown.
While there have been no arrests, campus police Chief David Dugatkin said Wednesday the investigation has turned up several potentially strong leads.
Associate Professor Major Coleman, of the Black Studies Department, sent a letter to the college president noting that SUNY New Paltz’s undergraduate student body is just 5 percent black.
“It is our hope that over the coming weeks and months your administration will use this tragic event to begin the process of what Martin Luther King Jr. called ‘substantive equality,’ which is so desperately needed on this campus,” the professor wrote.