Posted on October 15, 2020

College Apologizes for Using Descriptor ‘Hispanic’ in Crime Alert

Ben Zeisloft, Campus Reform, October 12, 2020

Smith College sent an email to students on September 20, apologizing for using the term “Hispanic” in a campus crime alert.

On Sept.18, Smith College sent a crime alert to students that included “Hispanic male, wearing dark blue jeans” in the physical description of the suspect.

In an email obtained by Campus Reform, Smith College President Kathleen McCartney apologized “for the harm the RAVE notification caused, especially to members of the Latinx community.”

Assuring students that “there is no more important work at Smith than our actions to ensure racial justice,” McCartney said that “It is clear to me that this message caused great distress not only to people who identify as Latinx, but also to others.” {snip}