NORTHFIELD, Minn. (AP/WCCO) — A racist note left on a student’s car at St. Olaf College has been deemed a hoax, but some students at the southern Minnesota school say the incident resulted in action toward addressing minority student concerns.

The note sparked outrage, fear and hurt on the close-knit college last month.

A student confessed to writing the note. The college’s president, David R. Anderson, said the note was “fabricated” in an attempt to bring concerns about the campus climate to light.

Sophomore Ben Parsell says it was “disturbing” the note was written on purpose “just to stir up the campus.”

St. Olaf senior Daniel Katuka says the note brought the campus community together “in a positive way” in the face of an apparent threat.

Students staged a boycott and submitted a list of demands to administrators to confront racial problems on campus.

It is not clear if all seven notes were composed by the same culprit.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Comments (9)
  1. Hoax hate crime notes are a hate crime too — a hoax hate crime letter has the same result as a real hate crime letter.

  2. This is so… so… stupid. The headline here “Racist Notes Unite Students at St. Olaf” is a desperate attempt to spin this story.
    In reality, another left winger faked a racist incident and provoked phony outrage that shut down a college campus. The only people who faced actual threats of violence during this nonsense were conservative students and the administration at the college. These animals shut down the campus because they fell for an obvious hoax. And they’ll not face any repercussions. Absolutely pathetic.

  3. Society needs to wake up. “Progressive Racism” is destroying this country. Cry race, in your face, make demands, blame, and repeat louder. St Olaf students need to get a clue. This cowardly-disrespecting act is taking place all over this country.

  4. Pick an adjective: Pathetic, tortured, bizarre, ludicrous, spinnalicious, hilarious.
    The only positive thing about this particular is that skepticism of the race-baiting industry just went up a notch or fifty.

  5. Decent people must shun these hoaxers, utterly. Decent people must also shun those who excuse them or rationalize the hoaxes. And decent people must shun those who reward the hoaxers, like certain college administrators. I would never send a student to St. Olaf.

  6. The writer of the HOAX note should face the same punishment as a writer of a genuine racist note – expulsion and a ruined life. It’s time the activists and malcontents are held responsible for all the chaos and strife they cause. The Hoax note writer needs to pay a high price for his/her actions!

  7. Dan Hogan says:

    Liberals – the only racists . . . ARE YOU!

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