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Warwick University Anti-Racism Society Forced To Defend Banana Slur Student

'Stop victim blaming'.

06/04/2016 14:09
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A University of Warwick society set up to combat bigotry has defended a student who discovered 'vile' racist slurs written on bananas.

Faramade Ifaturorti posted a picture of the graffitied fruit on Twitter after finding them in her university halls on Tuesday.

Since then, Warwick Anti-Racism Society's has been responding to comments posted on its Facebook page demanding "more evidence".

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Other students aired their opinions, with one writing: "Do not tell her how to deal with the racism she deals [with], you have no right!"

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Others highlighted comments such as "Why ruin the fruit?" provoking further anger.

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Comments on The Huffington Post UK's report of Tuesday's incident portray similar skepticism.

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Meanwhile the society's petition demanding Warwick reviews its entire policy on racism and discrimination has gained more than 500 signatures.

The petition read: "Racism is not being dealt with on campus effectively, as these acts occur throughout the academic year, every year. Warwick Accommodation specifically in regards to this latest incident has shown their incompetence.

"If the university is committed to diversity and ensuring the safety of students of colour, this review is urgently needed."

The University of Warwick has yet to respond to the petition.

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