Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick returned home to a vandalized university with messages accusing him of being the “overseer” of “Trump plantation” following his attendance at a White House meeting with President Donald Trump.
“Wayne Frederic doesn’t care about black people,” said one of the messages found spray-painted cross the grounds of Howard University, a prominent black college located in Washington, D.C.
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Whoever wrote the messages found it unacceptable that Fredrick had attended a White House meeting with the president and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Monday.
Fredrick was one of the many leaders present during the signing of Trump’s executive order promoting excellence and innovation at historically black colleges and universities.
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The executive order aims to “strengthen the capacity of HBCUs to provide the highest-quality education” in an effort to “increase the number of college-educated Americans who feel empowered and able to advance the common good at home and abroad.”
No matter the potential benefits HBCUs have to gain from it, the initiative was deemed unacceptable by the vandals for the sole reason that it was signed with Trump’s signature.
“HBCU Initiative? … Not on my watch!” wrote one message spray-painted on Howard University’s campus.
Many students of Howard University thought the messages crossed the line.
“I see the students’ need to protest, but this is just clear vandalism,” sophomore Francisco Joseph told DCist. “I’m never about slandering people—this went a little bit too far.”
“He’s in a tough position. Some students feel strongly that Frederick should take a stance against Trump, but I feel as if they’re taking the wrong route,” said Taylor Washington, another sophomore at Howard.
Washington took offense to the message accusing the university president of being Trump’s “overseer.”
“I just feel like it’s a little dramatic,” she said, adding that she considers it an insult to the African-American community as a whole.
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