Columbia University Faculty Receive ‘Viciously Racist’ Robocalls From White Supremacists

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December 27, 2019 - 9:35 am
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Faculty and staff at Columbia University have reported receiving racist robocalls on the school's phones from a white supremacist group.

According to the administration, Columbia University and Barnard College – a subdivision of Columbia – faculty have been receiving “abhorrent and viciously racist” messaged in the wake of freshman Tessa Major’s murder.

Columbia says it is working with the NYPD to block to racist messages, which began flooding in after the 18-year-old was stabbed to death in Morningside Park near the school.

While the school has not released details of the messages, Majors was a white teenager and at least one of the teens sought by police in connection to the murder is black.

Mayor Bill de Blasio reacted on Twitter to news of the messages, saying white supremacists are "morally bankrupt" and these robocalls in the wake of an unspeakable tragedy are disgusting.

Just last week, a Connecticut man was arrested for allegedly posting threats online that he was going to kill the 14-year-old suspect wanted in connection to her death, after police released images of him to the public.

The investigation in Majors’ death remains ongoing.

A 13-year-old has been charged with second-degree murder in connection to the stabbing death. Police say he admitted to taking part in the robbery that resulting in the 18-year-old’s death, but was not the person who stabbed her.