By Tyler Slaton
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – As more incidents of discriminatory behavior are reported on college campuses across the country, the students of Camden County College are expressing concern for the safety of their colleagues.
On Feb. 12 at Rutgers University in Camden, a flyer was posted outside the Paul Robeson Cultural Center, asking students and faculty members to imagine a “Muslim-Free America.”
Bomb threats recently targeted Jewish Community Centers around the country. They included the Betty and Milton Katz Jewish Community Center in Cherry Hill, where on Feb. 27, a phoned threat caused 500 people to evacuate the center. The threat was found to be a hoax.
Bobbi Fardone (’20) is among the wary students at CCC. “If it happened at Rutgers, it can happen anywhere,” said Fardone.
The number of reports of hate crimes and attacks has risen steadily since last November. They include hate crimes based on religion.
Zach Kelly (’18), a CCC student and Buddhist, said he believes while prejudiced people exist all over the world, the chance of such behavior occurring at CCC isn’t very high. He stated the college’s diverse student body makes it “difficult for a discriminatory attack aimed at a specific group of people.”
No incidents of hate speech or offensive propaganda have been reported at CCC during this time period.
Brittany Russo (’17), a CCC student and a Catholic, said while she has never felt threatened on campus, she believes there’s “absolutely a possibility of something happening.”