Black Student at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania Victimized in Racist Attack


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A Black student at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, was attacked on a street adjacent to campus. The Black student was walking on the street when he was approached by two White males, according to police reports. The White men hurled racial slurs and then one of the attackers punched the Black student in the face. Joseph Helble, president of Lehigh University, stated in an email to the campus community that “many will understandably feel unsettled following this incident. I want to assure all of our students, especially our students of color, of our commitment to your safety and well-being. I am committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for you. Racism, hate, verbal and physical violence have no place at Lehigh.” African Americans make up 5 percent of the 5,400-member undergraduate student body at Lehigh University, according to the most recent data available from the U.S. Department of Education