Harvard officials are investigating the discovery of black tape that was placed over portraits of black professors.
“We are investigating and the investigation is active and ongoing,’’ said Steven Catalano, the public information officer for Harvard University police.
The tape was discovered Thursday morning outside of a lecture hall. A Harvard Law student tweeted photos of the defaced portraits.
In response to yesterday's protests, cowards have covered the faces of Harvard Law's Black professors w/ black tape. pic.twitter.com/IuNd9ckucj— the other one (@imfromraleigh) November 19, 2015
Third-year law student Jonathan Wall tweeted out the image of the defaced portraits.
“I was shocked. I was shocked, and I was obviously disgusted. Especially because it seems to be in response to yesterday’s day of activism,’’ Wall told The Boston Globe.
A Harvard Law school community meeting was scheduled for noon Thursday, Michelle Deakin, the public information officer for the law school, told Boston.com.
“There’s really nothing else we can say now,’’ she said.
Another student tweeted a photo of sticky notes students had added to the portraits with positive messages about the targeted professors.
Students have added post-its with positive notes about the faculty members whose portraits were defaced. pic.twitter.com/m026DVs4DD— Kendra Albert (@KendraSerra) November 19, 2015
The tape was discovered a day after students at Harvard rallied in solidarity with students facing racial injustice across the country, one of many protests that have erupted following unrest at the University of Missouri and Yale University.