Taylor Dumpson was just elected student body president of American University in Washington, D.C., making her the first black women to be named to the position.
But not everyone’s celebrating her accomplishment.
Neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin has urged his fellow white supremacists to harass Dumpson and her sisters in Alpha Kappa Alpha, the country’s oldest black sorority.
According to ABC News, bananas with racist messages written on them were tied to nooses and hung around campus on May 1 — the day Dumpson took office — prompting the university to release a student safety advisory.
Three days later, Anglin posted pictures and video of Dumpson on his anti-Semitic, homophobic, misogynist, and racist website called the Daily Stormer. He also gave his readers links to her Facebook page and American University’s Twitter account.
Anglin encouraged his readers to “send (Dumpton) some words of support” and “let her know you fully support her struggle against bananas,” The Root reported.
Anglin is currently being sued by the Southern Poverty Law Center for instigating a campaign of hate against a Jewish woman, according to AL.com. The victim has been sent over 700 messages, including some that said Jews should be “collectively ovened” and that she’ll be “driven to the brink of suicide” by the harassment.
After American University officials learned about Anglin’s campaign against Dumpson, they sent security and technology protection to her house.
Despite being targeted, Dumpson remains the university’s student body president and has released a statement encouraging her fellow students to “unite in solidarity with those impacted by this situation.”
“We must remember that ‘if there is no struggle, there is no progress’ — Frederick Douglass,” Dumpson said. “We must use this time to reflect on what we value as a community and we must show those in the community that bigotry, hate, and racism cannot and will not be tolerated.”
Source: The GED Section