The executive director of the Frank W. Hale Black Cultural Center called for the arrest of the person responsible for graffiti that might have been racially-charged after it was found on a campus building Thursday morning.
The words "Long Live Zimmerman" were found spray-painted on the walls of The Frank W. Hale Black Cultural Center, located at 153 W. 12th Ave., on the Ohio State campus, at about 8 a.m., 10TV's Kevin Landers reported.
Some said that the graffiti indicated support for George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in February.
The vandalism was found one night after a student rally took place in memory of Martin, Landers reported.
"Ignorance is bliss," said Larry Williamson, the executive director of the Frank W. Hale Black Cultural Center. "We want the person brought to trial, caught. We want to make sure these kinds of things don't happen."
Brittany Fennell, president of the campus’ Black Student Association, said that the graffiti shocked her.
“It’s very saddening to me that there’s a lot of intolerance here on the campus of Ohio State University,” Fennell said.
Student Brandon Conley said that he agreed.
“The only reason why someone would do that would for them to get a reaction, and I won’t give them that,” Conley said.
Ohio State President Gordon Gee said that racism has no place on campus.
“I was really outraged by this on a university that takes great pride in civility and respect,” Gee said.
Police said that no witnesses to the crime were identified. The graffiti was power-washed from the wall later in the morning.
A rally was scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in response to the crime.
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