Apparently, to 19-year-old John Greenwood, All Lives Don’t Matter. After Greenwood and a group of his friends attacked a black student while hurling racial slurs, a fraternity will close its Cornell University chapter, the university announced Tuesday, following an investigation into the Collegetown assault that police appear to believe was a racially motivated attack, according to the Ithaca Journal.
The Psi Upsilon alumni Board of Governors announced the shuttering of the Chi Chapter at Cornell indefinitely after Ithaca police said they are investigating a fight that occurred near the Cornell campus early Friday that led to one arrest of the 19-year-old on a third-degree assault charge.
A black Cornell student said that he was called the N-word and punched in the face by a group of white men, according to The Cornell Daily Sun.
That student told The Sun that the group of white men yelled expletives and the N-word at him after he attempted to get people to leave his front yard. He added that four or five of them began repeatedly punching him in the face. “I was pretty bloodied up,” he said.
Greenwood’s attorney denies that his client was involved in a physical altercation. Meanwhile, Ithaca police are considering a hate crime charge.
A Cornell Law professor and former Supreme Court clerk said that the attack, as reported, appears to fall under the hate crime statute.
“My initial impression of the Cornell assault is that it was motivated by the race of the victim and that it, therefore, does qualify as a hate crime under New York law,” Prof. Sherry Colb said.
Cornell President Martha Pollack released a statement in the wake of the incident.
“… The events of the last few weeks are thus deeply painful; and, of course, the pain is magnified a thousandfold for those whose dignity and, indeed, very bodies have been attacked,” she said. “I will not tell you ‘this is not who we are,’ as the events of the past few weeks belie that. But it is absolutely not who we want to be. The leadership team and I have been working throughout the weekend, and we will continue to do so, to develop and implement steps to be a more equitable, inclusive and welcoming university.”
Image: Cached version of Greenwood’s sports’ profile.