5th Dec, 2016

Warwick University student 'disgusted' by racist graffiti on bananas

Coventry Editorial 5th Apr, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A WARWICK University student has been left ‘disgusted’ after finding racial slurs scrawled on her bananas.

Faramade Ifaturoti, a biomedical science student at the university, reported the incident via Twitter – posting a picture of the bananas with the words ‘monkey’ and ‘n**ga’ written on the skin.

Reporting the incident to Warwick Accommodation, the body in charge of on-campus student accommodation, Ms Ifaturoti wrote: “Just entered the kitchen and look at what one of my flatmates [allegedly] has done. I am extremely disgusted”

Ms Ifaturoti blamed her flatmates, though it is not known who is responsible and the words could have been written by a visitor to the flat.

The university responded to the allegations an hour later, tweeting: “We’re really sorry you’ve had to experience this, it is completely unacceptable,” before promising to investigate further.

Responding to the incident, an official statement from Warwick Student Union reads: “The Sabbatical Officer team has just been made aware of the appalling images currently being circulated online which depict an instance of racism in a campus accommodation block.

“Warwick SU has a zero-tolerance policy on racist behaviour.

“We unequivocally condemn this shocking and disgusting act, which should clearly have no place in either our University or society at large.

“We have reached out to the student affected by this episode and have contacted the University to offer further support.

“Should a formal complaint be raised regarding a specific individual’s conduct, the SU will of course treat it as a matter for urgent disciplinary action.”

But Ms Ifaturoti has slammed the university’s response, saying she was ‘disappointed’ the response had only come after her claims had attracted attention on social media.

Her original tweet, which has since gone viral, has attracted the support of many – including the university’s Anti-Racism Society.

Writing on social media, the society said: “So disgusted to see in our very own university halls such rampant and abusive racism.

“We deserve zero tolerance to racism on our campus.”