The first day following the election of President Donald Trump has seen two troubling incidents, one in Wellsville and another at Canisius College.
A softball dugout in Island Park in Wellsville was defaced with the words "Make America White Again," accompanied by a large swastika. The graffiti was discovered this morning and the police were called. The park is located near Wellsville High School and the town's central business district.
According to the Wellsville Daily Reporter story, the incident took place on private property and the Wellsville police chief saw no cause for action. Wellsville is a village in Allegany County with a population of roughly 4,500. According to New York State Board of Elections, 61.06 percent of the county voted for Donald Trump, with 10,689 votes cast in the Republican candidate's favor.
By Wednesday afternoon, some people that called themselves "concerned citizens" painted over the graffiti. "There's enough bad going on in the world. Wellsville people are always good at getting things done," volunteer Skip Carter told the Wellsville Daily Reporter.
At Canisius College, a black doll was found hung by a noose in an elevator on Tuesday night in Frisch Hall, a freshman dorm.
This baby doll was found in a freshman elevator last night at Canisius. I don't care who you are or what your beliefs are this is awful pic.twitter.com/oBht011YGR
— Jordan Roth (@Baby_Jay1221) November 9, 2016
The incident prompted a quick response from Canisius President John Hurley, who wrote the following in letter to faculty, staff, undergraduates and graduate students:
Dear Canisius College community:
Last night, someone hung a black doll in an elevator in Frisch Hall. Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Terri Mangione and Public Safety Director Wil Johnson were notified immediately and are investigating this incident. We will hold responsible whoever perpetuated this despicable act that goes against everything for which Canisius College stands. I cannot condemn this act strongly enough. This cannot and will not be tolerated on the Canisius campus.
We have been working this year on improving our campus culture and making it one in which all of our students of color feel equal, valued and respected and where we truly embrace and celebrate diversity as a strength. I am totally committed to working with our students, faculty and staff to foster an environment at Canisius that is respectful, welcoming and safe. This incident is extremely troubling on several levels and it indicates we have work to do. I should stress, however, that we should also keep perspective and not paint the entire campus community with a broad brush over the stupid act of one or a few individuals.
I will keep the campus informed as our investigation progresses.