The University of Warwick has launched an investigation after a Nigerian student reported bananas in her shared school accommodation had been graffitied with racial slurs.
Faramade Ifaturoti posted a picture on Twitter, writing: “Just entered the kitchen and look at what one of my flatmates has done. I am extremely disgusted.”
‘Monkey’ and ‘nigga’, can clearly be seen written on the fruit.
The tweet quickly gathered attention and has been retweeted almost 3,000 times. The university responded to it, saying: “We’re really sorry you’ve had to experience this. It is completely unacceptable. Please DM us your email and we will escalate.”
She told BuzzFeed she felt “targeted” and that “this is not the first time something like this has happened”. In February, Ifaturoti had also complained about racism in a tweet, when she wrote: “Racism is very real. Especially in this Warwick I can’t lie.”
Ifaturoti also expressed disappointment at the university’s response. Other Warwick students were quick to express their dismay – and anger – at both the incident and the university’s response. She said “I’m highly disappointed that it took a Twitter escalation in order for you to respond.”