By WBZ Staff
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AMHERST, Mass. (WBZ) — UMass Amherst is investigating who sent a new racist email to black students and groups on campus.
Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy said the email containing “deeply racist and hateful language” received on Tuesday was similar to one sent to black students in September. The source of this message has not yet been found.
“We have alerted law enforcement to seek assistance in identifying the source of this new racist anti-black email, and will do everything in our power to hold down the racist and hateful coward who sent him in charge,” Subbaswamy said in a message to campus. .
Students say they are fed up with email. “I kinda feel like it’s a slap in the face,” UMass senior Gionel Montero said.
“These types of incidents have happened repeatedly every semester I’ve been here,” senior Helton Pongon said. “It’s disgusting but it’s not even a shock anymore.”
It’s supposed to be a week of celebrations for seniors graduating next week. “I’m definitely trying to look beyond and get out of here and have fun with my last week in Amherst,” Montero said.
The latest email suggests no one has been held responsible as law enforcement is on their side. Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan denied saying the email “contained misrepresentations about law enforcement’s role in the investigation.”
“The provocative and inflammatory email sent yesterday to a UMass select group is an attempt to sow discord and division within the UMass Amherst community,” he said in a statement Wednesday.
“Unfortunately, currently in our country, we try to use misinformation as a weapon to provoke fear and mistrust. I believe the UMass community is much stronger and smarter than the authors of this email seem to think.
Some students are not convinced that the responsible person will be found.
“A friend joked with me last night that a teenage girl looking for a potential boyfriend could find information in less time,” sophomore Breanna Joseph said. “So the fact that a university with so much revenue and available resources can’t seem to be able to trace an email is just ridiculous to me, to be frank.”
The university said the person responsible could face expulsion or termination and be referred to the DA for criminal prosecution.
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