American University President Sylvia Burwell issued a statement Wednesday about the posters found on campus:
"After attending Dr. Ibram Kendi’s program to share the vision for his Anti-Racist Research and Policy Center last night, I was angered and saddened to learn that racist posters with confederate flags and cotton were posted in several locations on campus. We must stand together strongly against this act, which was intended to frighten and divide our community.
"This bias incident is being investigated by University Police. Video evidence shows the perpetrator(s) coming on to the campus and hanging the posters on bulletin boards, among other locations, in at least four buildings on campus. Images of the suspect will be released shortly and police welcome any information that will lead to their identification. I encourage anyone with information to please contact Public Safety at 202-885-2527 or use their tip line.
"Rather than allowing this act to divide us, I urge us to come together as a community to support each other. We will meet at Kay Spiritual Life Center at 1:00 PM to gather and discuss what happened, what steps are being taken, hear from each other, and offer support.
"I ask you to join me in standing together and show that we will not be intimidated. AU will respond strongly to attempts designed to harm and create fear. Instead, we will recommit to creating a community that does not stand by. When one of us is attacked, all of us are attacked."
Ten Confederate flag posters that had cotton on them were reportedly found on campus at American University Tuesday night, according to authorities.
AU's Vice President of Campus Life Fanta Aw says the posters were said to have been found at the Battelle-Tomkins Building, McKinley Building and Mary Graydon Center, our affiliate WJLA reported.
"We will not be deterred by this cowardly attempt at intimidation," Aw said in a statement.
The posters were found during the same night Dr. Ibram Kendi was giving a presentation called "A Vision for Equality" on the Antiracist Research and Policy Center, according to the school.
"AU is committed to the vision of the Center and Dr. Kendi's work," Aw said.
Campus police and the Office of Campus Life are investigating the incident.