Albion, MI – The newly-inaugurated president of Albion College, who has described the George Floyd riots as “peaceful activism,” is facing a petition for his removal that alleged he bullied students and ignored harassment of minorities.
The petition, which was set up anonymously online, called for the ouster of Albion College President Mathew Johnson, who was formally inaugurated as the 17th president of the small private college on Sept. 18.
Johnson made headlines when he sent out an email to the entire campus community after the Jan. 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol that labeled the riot the work of white supremacists.
“Yesterday’s actions were an attack on the very fabric of our democracy and unfortunately were not a one-off. Rather, they were the logical culmination of a prolonged campaign to undermine our democracy and a clear display of white supremacy,” the president of Albion wrote in the email that was obtained by The Police Tribune.
“Yesterday’s actions also stand in stark contrast to a summer of peaceful activism in communities around the country demanding accountability and change in policing systems that lead to police killings of Black people,” Johnson’s email continued. “While we stand to condemn the actions yesterday, we simultaneously condemn the very disparate actions taken against unarmed peaceful Black and Brown protestors.”
Albion College and its president made headlines again in April when students protested for racial justice after racist graffiti was found on campus.
The graffiti was found on April 2 and stated, “Albion is racist … we do exist KKK”, “Die [n-word] Please!”; “KKK white power,” and a Jewish star with 666 written on it, according to MLive.
The City Watch NEWS Group posted photos of the racist graffiti on Facebook.
Campus police investigated and determined that the culprit was a black student at Albion College.
The 21-year-old African-American student admitted to having done the racist graffiti himself, MLive reported.
Johnson stated that the student was placed on temporary suspension during the investigation.