This morning, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center at the University of California-Davis is re-opening after a despicable incident of vandalism on Friday. Vandals defaced the front door with anti-gay graffiti and slurs, the second possible hate crime on campus in the past week.
In an open letter to the UCD community, the Center explained it asked campus security not to clean up the graffiti:
This vicious hate crime demonstrates the need for community centers like ours to exist in order to offer a safe space on campus and combat the homophobia, discrimination, and hate that is still prevalent within our society. As a center we wanted not to immediately remove the vandalism in order to ensure that this hate crime does not go unnoticed by the campus community. Facilities and administration offered to clean it up immediately but we wanted to take this opportunity to educate the campus about struggles that our community continues to face. We feel it is easier to erase physical representations of violence than to heal from the ongoing impacts of this hatred. Erasing it makes it possible to avoid believing these things happen on our campus. We want to work towards a healing resolution.... We will take what was intended to hurt us and turn it into something that will empower us. We ask that you stay strong and to remind everyone that this act will not hinder, but will re-affirm the mission of this Center as it has always existed.
Sacramento's CBS13 adds this is only the latest hate crime reported at the UC system: "A Jewish UC Davis student found a swastika carved into her dorm room door late last week, and a series of racially-charged incidents—started by an off-campus party mocking urban stereotypes—have sparked an outcry at UC San Diego."
University of Calfornia-Davis administrators have scheduled a town hall meeting tonight to address the incident.