Emory University in Atlanta has repeatedly characterized recent vandalism on campus as “acts of racism,” so many people were surprised to see the suspect’s mugshot.
The mugshot, published Thursday by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, shows that Roy Lee Gordon Jr. is a black man.
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Gordon, a former part-time Emory employee, allegedly scrawled the N-word and swastikas in the hallways of the university’s Autism Center on Aug. 9.
- Gordon has been arrested and charged with second-degree burglary.
On Wednesday, just before Gordon’s mugshot was made public, Emory addressed his arrest in a press release, saying: “Acts of racism and antisemitism are painful for the entire Emory community.”
- In August, university officials said of the vandalism: “These acts of racism and antisemitism are painful for all of us at the EAC and in the Emory community. They will not be tolerated and every effort will be made to bring the perpetrators to justice.”
The College Fix, citing the university’s refusal to disclose Gordon’s race following his arrest, suggested that a Jussie Smollett-style “hate crime hoax” might be in the offing.