EMU student investigated for hanging black doll from a dorm shower rod


Eastern Michigan University. - COURTESY OF EMU
  • Courtesy of EMU
  • Eastern Michigan University.

Eastern Michigan University has launched an investigation after a black doll was found hanging from a shower rod in a dormitory.

A resident advisor found the doll inside a bathroom shared by suitemates in Best Hall, a dormitory for first-year students.

EMU police identified the culprit, who claimed it was a joke and not racial.

But EMU officials are not laughing.

“There is absolutely no place at Eastern for hateful and racist actions, regardless of their intent,” EMU spokesman Geoffrey Larcom says in a statement to Metro Times. “At this time, the University continues to investigate the incident and will take appropriate steps upon completion of the investigation."

It's one of the latest high-profile investigations into racist symbols. This week, General Motors announced that it’s offering a $25,000 reward for information about nooses and “whites-only” signs that were found at its plant in Toledo.

In 2016, EMU students protested after a staff member found “KKK” and “Leave Niggers” scrawled in graffiti on the side of an administrative building. Another racial slur was found in the stairwell of Wise Hall the following day.

An investigation later revealed it was a black student who painted the graffiti, who pleaded guilty to three counts of malicious destruction of property.

Stay on top of Detroit news and views. Sign up for our weekly issue newsletter delivered each Wednesday.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.