North Carolina Hillel was saddened to learn that on the night of May 6, a swastika was spray-painted in the Free Expression Tunnel at North Carolina State University. We condemn this hateful, anti-Semitic act, and have been working closely with the NC State administration to address the incident.
The swastika incites violence against Jews and can threaten students’ sense of safety. We are grateful to NC State's leadership for the seriousness of their response. NC State Vice Provost for Institutional Equity and Diversity Sheri Schwab has issued this statement, condemning the act.
We are also grateful to the members of NC State Student Government, who quickly painted over the hateful symbol, proclaiming that it does not belong on their campus.
Student Body President Emma Carter reached out immediately, stating, “Myself, my team, and the university are working hard to ensure that all students feel comfortable and safe on campus and apologize for any fear that this may have brought on. We stand beside you.” While many students have already left campus for the summer, it's important to act swiftly to combat anti-Semitism and to ensure that our students have a strong Jewish home at NC State. We thank our many campus allies for the partnership and support.
This anti-Semitic act follows similar incidents on campuses across North Carolina. NC Hillel remains committed to addressing and preventing these acts by strengthening relationships with campus administrations, continuing to build flourishing Jewish communities, and partnering with other campus groups throughout the year.