Michigan State Police, the FBI, local law enforcement and Eastern Michigan University officials have determined that a series of racist graffiti messages left on school property in late 2016 and early this year were the result of a hoax.
Candlelight vigils, protests, and more than 1,080 campus security hours were spent over the past year in Ypsilanti on racial slurs at Eastern Michigan University. The former student who was arrested and charged, however, is 29-year-old Eddie Curlin — a minority.
Mr. Curlin was arraigned in Washtenaw County District Court on Oct. 23 for incidents in September 2016, October 2016, and early 2017. He was charged with malicious destruction of property, identity theft and using computers to commit a crime.
“To know that it was a person of color is hurtful,” said a black student named Jaiquae Rodwell, The Washington Post reported Tuesday. “As a black student, to know that another black person is using the n-word in a negative way is embarrassing.”