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University of Wisconsin-La Crosse officials and police are investigating what they are calling a hate crime that occurred near campus.

In an email sent this afternoon, UW-L Chancellor Joe Gow said the incident involved vandalism and graffiti on the residence of several UW-L students of color. According to an image shared by Gow, someone scrawled “go home,” followed by a racial slur, on the front door of the residence in black marker.

Gow informed students and staff the university had reported the crime to the La Crosse Police Department, and the UW-L police will assist with the investigation. Gow asked anyone with information to contact police at 608-789-7200.

Gow said resources and support are available to the affected students. Leadership of Black Student Unity, a student organization on campus, said no statements would be made Wednesday as members of the group use the day to support on another.

“Hate crimes and incidents of bias and bigotry do not occur in isolation,” Gow wrote in the email. “They have a cumulative impact on people of color and other under-represented communities, and a toxic effect on our broader campus community. I hope that everyone here at UW-L will join me in denouncing this most recent hate crime and continuing to work to create a climate of inclusion and respect at UW-L.”

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Nathan Hansen has been the Education Reporter for the Tribune since 2014. Prior to that, he covered education, agriculture and business topics for the Winona Daily News. He is always on the lookout for news tips and can be contacted at 608-791-8234.

(24) comments

Jobaba

Huh! The vast majority of students are from Wisconsin. If it wasn't a student, they were still from Wisconsin. And Wisconsin went red in the election. And who raised these graffiti makers?

Redwall

Now that Obama has been proven to be a charlatan and is about to ride into the sunset, can UWL please return to their traditional logo? That circular piece of cwap similar to Obama's campaign logo, adopted by UWL as Obama came into office, needs to be retired.

Signed,
An alum

Opus

So...now you are blaming Obama for the change from the racist logo? At least get your history straight you nitwit.
Signed,
An Alum

Redwall

You are saying the original UWL logo was racist?

corys1181

democrats never really had the power they had the president and that was it nothing has changed except the president

Redwall

The Clintons remind me of the Universal horror movies where you thought the monster was dead and then the monster would show up in a bad sequel. I’m glad now that they’re finally gone.

Redwall

Not since O.J. Simpson had someone so obviously guilty by the facts, walked away.

Redwall

There will be an anti-Trump rally tomorrow at 3rd and Main to disrupt and draw attention to the plight of social justice warriors everywhere. Donations welcome.

ChalkBoardJedi

What if it is another black dude and he just wants them to move back to their hometowns?...is it still a hate crime?

Climatehoax

I've got to chuckle at this. Sarah Palin and Gel Bush were hung and burned in effigy. Nothing was done because it was considered free speech. Why isn't this graffiti or the Obsma noise at the football game considered free speech? I'll answer my own question because you liberals are a basket of deplorables and can't figure it out. The answer is, because liberals are bigoted hypocrites.

Palin hung in effigy, Bush beheaded on tv, Bush dummy destroyed by bull, that's ok...but no rodeo clowns w/Obama mask

Hang Sarah Palin in Effigy and It’s “Art” Hang Obama and It’s RACIST!

In Age of Obama, Hanging Effigys Of "That One" Are Now A Crime: Bush, Palin Effigys "Free Speech"

logical thinker

We have just empowered a bunch of a-holes. Be vigilant, my friends, and show the world that La Crosse does not need this kind of hating trash in our city.

Gram2jalen

Sad isn't it? Hopefully it won't get much worse...but I fear it will

Redwall

Just curious...what evidence have you that "poorly educated" Wisconsinites resulted in a majority vote for Trump?

Climatehoax

A-holes? Who burned and rioted after the election? Who beat up Trump supporters at his rallies? Why do 74% of felons in prison say they are Democrats. The a-holes will loose power in Jan. Jacka$$

taxedout

You are a pathetic loser. "Be vigilant my friends", LOL! I like the "hating trash"comment, too! Nice touch you sentimental fool. Me thinks someone needs a nap! Never fear, in a matter of days, you'll be cranking up the hate speech again. Whoops, I guess you've started already. That's one thing about you libs, you can get kicked in the pants and have your hinder handed to you but after you run up and down the street with some homemade signs and sing a few out of tune folk songs, you are right back at it! Be vigilant my friend!

logical thinker

Redwall, if you are referring to my comment, I never said anything about poorly educated people. I said trash. Vandals are trash. We are supposed to learn in kindergarten to not touch people's things without permission.

To Climatehoax and taxedout, the protesters who burned flags who were angry at Trump (which I did not know about when I posted this comment) are also trash. So are the ones who burned Palin in effigy and all the other things listed in posts assuming that I only think that certain people are trash. I am an equal opportunity trasher of people who do the wrong thing out of anger or entitlement. We need to stop acting like the world is going to end every time we don't get our way politically and move on, whether that is today, or back when Obama was first elected.

tower

And so it starts.

random annoying bozo

what starts?

Gram2jalen

True. Sadly the "poorly educated" in Wisconsin have decided that the bully should win...so this will only increase as time goes by now.

Climatehoax

Scott Walker 3 liberals 0
Trump 1 liberals 0
Do you get the message that maybe your agenda isn't as smart, cool, the best or desired by most of the people? Maybe you need some deep soul searching.

Climatehoax

The ignorant voted Hillary, fortunately there aren't enough stupid people to get her elected! Lucky for the deplorables

Redwall

When you say "poorly educated" what you really mean is unwilling to follow the herd. Unwilling to conform.

Are you so misinformed you believe half of Wisconsin's voting population to be "poorly educated"?

Climatehoax

Walker 3 liberals 0
Trump 1 liberals 0
How's that liberal progressive agenda going for you? Apparently people don't like it. Ha, ha, I'm still laughing at you self important bigot liberals who think you're so superior to conservatives. You people are pathetic. Have those idiots who said they were going to move out of the country actually moved out? No, typical lying liberals.

Jobaba

There is nothing like hate speech…conservative hate speech to prove a point.

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