‘White Pride’ chalk graffiti spotted on campus

Passersby found offensive graffiti near the Knight Library on Monday. (Courtesy of the University of Oregon)

Monday morning, three students found and tried to erase white nationalist graffiti, reading “white pride,” written in chalk between the Knight Library and Gerlinger Hall. The graffiti was later removed by university groundskeepers.

It was spotted, reported and removed by the grounds folks,” said UO spokesperson Tobin Klinger. “This is a pretty standard practice when dealing with any kind of hate speech graffiti.”

According to a tip received by the Daily Emerald, the Bias Education and Response Team (BERT) received notice of the graffiti.

The purpose of BERT, a subset of the Dean of Students office, is “to respond to situations that affect the larger University of Oregon community through education about current and historical issues surrounding bias.”

The Emerald could not reach BERT for a comment.

This act is just the latest incident of racist graffiti in Eugene. On Sept. 15, anti-semitic graffiti was discovered at North Eugene High School. Police are currently looking into the incident.

Michael is the Daily Emerald's Editor-in-Chief. He started at the Emerald as a reporter in 2017 and has held the roles of senior news reporter and associate news editor. He has bylines in The Wall Street Journal, The Portland Tribune and Eugene Weekly.