Since the election of Donald Trump, there have been hundreds of incidents of 'hate-speak' being investigated and cataloged by the Southern Poverty Law Center. An incident that happened at UTEP has been reported to the SPLC, but some are saying that UTEP tried to cover up the incident of racist graffiti at the campus library. According to Urban Dictionary, "SHTF" is used by survivalists when the 'sh*t hits the fan'.

The Prospector reports that UTEP officials confirmed that there was a tagging in the third floor men’s restroom of the Liberal Arts building third-floor restrooms. UTEP history professor Dr. Ernesto Chavez saw the tagging late in the afternoon of November 15, but did not report it to UTEP authorities. He did take a photo of the tagging and reported it to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The tagging was removed from the restroom, and at first, UTEP officials denied that there was any tagging. They then told The Prospector that there was a tagging with chalk seen in a study room on November 10.

UTEP posted this on their Facebook page. It has since been taken down due to what UTEP officials say was a 'miscommunication within the library staff'. It's a no-brainer that the university wouldn't want to have to deal with hateful tagging on campus making headlines, but they are missing a teachable moment. Students need to know that this kind of behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Throwing light on this kind of incident prevents those who did it from benefitting from the cover of silence from UTEP officials.

Good reporting by The Prospector!

courtesy: The Prospector