A day after Taylor Dumpson, who is an African American woman, was elected to be student body President at American University, nooses and bananas were found hanging in various places on the American University campus.
Dumpson is a member of the historically black sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA). Today on Capitol Hill, as lawmakers were voting on a repeal of the Affordable Care Act and protesters were chanting nearby, Dumpson received support from several sectors.
Members of Congress, the President of the national AKA Sorority and civil rights activists came out to support the American University student and display a show of support in the face of racism.
“We aren’t in a post-racial society,” Dumpson said. “But I think the way to move towards a better society, and a more inclusive society, is to really focus on and appreciate the differences among us. Because what makes us different is very important,” she added.
Members called for a federal civil rights investigation.
“This has shaken us to our core, but we’re not going to be stopped,” said Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) at a press conference on the incident near the House steps of the U.S. Capitol.
Members of Congress who attended the press conference included Reps. Alma Adams (D-NC), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), who hosted the event.