Three Black SUNY Albany Students Report Being Victims of Racist Violence on City Bus

by Rachael Edwards

Three Black SUNY Albany students report being physically attacked and harassed in a racially motivated altercation Saturday morning on an Albany city bus.

The women say that they were sitting in the back of the bus when a group of 10-12 white students began yelling racial slurs at them. The group made their way to the back of the bus and began to hit, and kick the victims. One of the victims said, she called out for help, but was told to “shut the f*** up” as they continued to assault her.

Times Union reports that after the incident on the bus, they walked to Albany Medical Center to receive treatment for their injuries. The campus police were contacted; however, one of the victims has claimed that the SUNY police did not seem “concerned” about the racially motivated assault.
As of January 30th, SUNY Albany president, Robert. J. Jones, released a statement saying, “The students, who are Black women, stated that racial slurs were used by the perpetrators, whom they described as a group of 10 to 12 white males and females. I am deeply concerned, saddened and angry about this incident. There is no place in the UAlbany community for violence, no place for racial intolerance and no place for gender violence.”

Students are standing in solidarity via social media for the three women.

Students at the SUNY Albany campus is planning a rally of support on Monday, February 1st.

Image Credit: Instagram/AshaBWell

Rachael Edwards is an artist of many forms from Baltimore, who blogs, styles folks & uses too many commas. Follow her on Twitter: @rachael_firefly