Below is a Bias Incident Response Team email sent to all Evergreen students regarding an explosion of anti-cop/prison/patriarcy [sic] graffiti on campus. Attached is a PDF of photos of the graffiti that was sent along with the email.
I'm guessing the references to the S.C.U.M. Manifesto are tongue-in-cheek and that the taggers were simply getting off on a little criminal "jouissance"... I hope so anyway. If not, yipes!
On January 18th, 2012 graffiti from what appears to be a single source was spray painted in 15 locations on campus (see attached for photos of graffiti). On January 25th the Bias Incident Response Team met to review the incident. The team is comprised of faculty, staff and students who are convened when a possible bias incident or hate crime has occurred. For more information about the Bias Incident Response Team, please go to: http://www.evergreen.edu/diversity/biasincidentteam
The Bias Incident Response Team wishes to thank our faculty and staff who so clearly and articulately wrote about the inappropriate nature of this action. Their insights and affirmation of important community values is invaluable (See attached for some examples of those who commented publicly).
Consistent with our role, the Bias Incident Response Team wishes to draw attention to some of the content. Much of the graffiti advocates violence, against police, judges, and men, with phrases such as “kill cops”, “hang the judges”, “social war”, “kill your boyfriend” and the letters “KTA” which is understood to be an abbreviation for “kill them all”. In two locations the acronym “S.C.U.M.” was written. This and the quote “at best an utter bore” are evidently references to a literary piece from the late 1960's commonly known as the S.C.U.M. (Society for Cutting Up Men) Manifesto , in which the author vilifies and advocates violence against men.
The scope of the property destruction caused by this graffiti is serious in and of itself. Its violent content is an affront to our values as a community. Hate speech is not acceptable and should never be taken lightly. Graffiti advocating violence based on a person’s sex may violate College policies and/or Title IX which is a federal law against sex -based discrimination. Anyone found responsible could also be charged with a hate crime.
We strongly encourage anyone with information about this incident to contact police services (867-6832) or make a call to Crime Stoppers (493-2222). A person or persons calling Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and can receive an award of $300 to $500.
Bias Incident Response Team
Andrea Seabert Olsen
Norma Alicia Pino