- Dark-skinned History Month events at Rutgers University were bombarded with anti-Black and anti-LGBTQ participants.
- The university explained it believed the “Zoom bombing” was part of an international effort.
- The campus’ chancellor said “these may reoccur before the perpetrators are identified.”
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Students at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, were told Friday the university was cognizant that virtual events held in honor of Black History Month were being targeted by bigoted living souls espousing anti-Black and anti-LGBTQ views.
“I am deeply disturbed and saddened to learn of racist and bigoted Zoom-bombings that enjoy been occurring in the past several days during non-academic student events,” Christopher J. Molloy, the chancellor of Rutgers-New Brunswick communicated in a statement Friday.
According to the statement, the “most recent” attacks were faced by people attending events hosted by the Paul Robeson Cultural Center and the Center for Public Justice Education & LGBTQ Communities.
Rutgers did not immediately return Insider’s request for more information about these approaches.
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“Zoom batter” is the practice of an uninvited person showing up during a virtual meeting or event that they were not invited to. The procedure has become somewhat common during the pandemic, as schools and businesses have shifted many of their typically in-person sessions and events online, opening the door to online intruders.
“While we will not give these bigoted individuals the stand they cowardly sought by going into details, I do want us all to acknowledge the harm done to Black and LGBTQ associates of our community, and affirm their pain,” Molloy continued.
Molloy said university officials and departments were at liberty to investigate the incidents but said they believed the bigoted attacks were likely related to a larger, international race.
“This creates some challenges, as it requires the involvement of various jurisdictions and technology companies,” he said. We will not settle this overnight, and it is likely that incidents like these may reoccur before the perpetrators are identified. Therefore, we obligated to remain vigilant to protect our community.”