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Sign at Mizzou Black Culture Center, Site of 2010 Cotton Ball Incident, Was Vandalized Overnight

An individual used spray paint to cover the word black on a “Black Culture Center” sign at the University of Missouri in Columbia early Thursday morning, campus police say:

University of Missouri Police currently are investigating a report of a vandalism at the MU Gaines-Oldham Black Culture Center (GOBCC). At approximately 12:48 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 12, an unknown suspect spray-painted over a portion of the sign identifying the GOBCC. Police have received no reports of injuries.


MUPD investigators are reviewing video surveillance from the area as part of the investigation.

The tweet above was sent by Mizzou’s Legion of Black Collegians organization. Another tweet from the scene indicates both sides of the sign were spray-painted in identical fashion.

Two white Mizzou students were arrested in 2010 for leaving cotton balls outside the Gaines-Oldham Black Culture Center building during Black History Month in an incident that has been cited during recent protests as an example of the racially hostile environment on campus. The students responsible were later convicted of misdemeanor littering charges.

Two white students from other colleges in Missouri have been arrested in recent days for making threats of violence against black students.