Last week’s election unleashed a series of unfortunate incidents in its aftermath. Among them, a poster promoting an African American arts and culture event at Yale University was found burned on Thursday.
According to the Yale Daily News, the School of Art event “Black Joy” took place last Friday. The Yale Police Department provided security throughout the night. The Dean of the School of Art, Marta Kuzma, stated afterwards that “The act of burning of that poster is to be condemned.”
Although the two student curators, Shikeith Cathey and Vaughn Spann, were deeply saddened by the act of vandalism, they were proud of the Yale administration’s quick response, and their event was ultimately a success.
In Cathey’s words, “They can burn our flier, not our joy.”
The director of the Afro-American Cultural Center, Risë Nelson, sent an email entitled #BlackJoyWillNotBeStolenAtYale in support of the Af-Am House community.