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Black male students at Boston University have been subjected to suspicious glances and racial slurs from fellow students since there were robberies near the Charles River Campus. There have been four robbery attempts by what were described as Black males near the campus and Black students at BU told a town meeting forum, last night, that they have been treated unfairly since.
Kenneth Elmore, the Dean of Students at BU was angry to hear that one student was told, by a fellow student, that she would be safe if she she would “stay away from black people.”
Elmore, who is African American said,
“That’s an ignorant comment. [Students should] call each other on that c**p. When we don’t call people out on it, we should all be ashamed. We should deal with it ourselves. Do not let that go by. Next question.”
University officials arranged the forum, which was also partially a security briefing, very quickly after after an attempted robbery that happened on Tuesday night. The robbers are said to have left the female student alone when she claimed that she had no valuables.
There were over 250 students at the town meeting which was moderated by Elmore. The crowd sat in a circle and four University and police leaders fielded questions.
According to victims’ statements, the robbers have been described as males between the ages of 16 and 20 all wearing hooded sweatshirts.
In all four robberies, the victims said that the young men brandished a gun and asked for money and possessions. No one has been h**t and Boston, Brookline, and University Police have increased patrols in and around the Boston University campus.