Students have recently expressed their distaste and concerns regarding the anti-semitic flyers that were found on campus last week.
Director of safety and security John Blaisdell said that the incident occurred at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, October 8th, when Marist security received two calls reporting a suspicious person on campus, as well as offensive and anti-semitic flyers that were found in Dyson Hall and the Lowell Thomas Communications Center. The flyers depicted the newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, as well as several Jewish senators including Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Schumer. The senators had the Star of David printed on their heads, while Dr. Christine Blasey Ford had the phrase “Good Goy” printed on hers. The bottom of the poster read, “Every time some anti-white, anti-American, anti-freedom event takes place, you look at it and it’s Jews behind it.”
Blaisdell said that security was dispatched, and that the officers found the suspect rather quickly. He was described as a man wearing a dark hoodie and rubber gloves carrying a satchel. Initially, this person had no interest or desire to speak with the officers. However, they followed him and continued to ask him what he was doing. He eventually cooperated and claimed that the flyers were part of an “educational outreach” effort.
The officers told the man that he was not welcome as a guest or to hang flyers, and that if he returned to campus he would be arrested. The individual was not a Marist student, and Blaisdell said that they have no reason to believe that he has any affiliation with the school.
The same flyers were spotted at Vassar College and Dutchess Community College, as well as UC Davis in California. Blaisdell said that Marist security has been working with Vassar and Dutchess regarding the issue.
Blaisdell also noted that incidents like this have happened in the past. “They’re generally flyers or information that don’t promote an inclusive community,” Blaisdell said.
While security handled the situation quickly and efficiently, students are still concerned about the intruder and about the dissemination of hateful rhetoric on campus. Student body president Ted Dolce took to Instagram to express his disgust, posting a picture of the flier on his Instagram story and writing, “If you saw this flyer around campus, rest assured that the perpetrator was not a Marist student and the situation was handled by security rather quickly. We don’t stand for bigotry or hate of any kind.”