Yes, you read that right. Forty or so books were found to be vandalized in Lamont Library by urine. Since the books have to do with LGBT issues and gay marriage, the incident is being investigated as a hate crime, as it should be.
Marco Chan ’11, co-chair of the Harvard College Queer Students and Allies, called the incident “extremely frustrating” and “disconcerting,” and said that it represents a concern not only for the LGBT community, but for the Harvard community at large.
“I am very outraged. It is hard to conceive this as a coincidence when there are 40 books on the same subject,” Chan said. “The message that this incident sent to me is that we need more resources not only for the LGBT community but also targeted towards other people.”
Chan suggested workshops on homosexual, bisexual, and transsexual issues—similar to the mandatory freshman orientation event Sex Signals—as one possible way to respond to the bias evidenced by the incident.
“Everyone in our community should know that they play an important role in adjusting homophobia,” Chan said.
A weird and immature prank that says so much about the perpetrators frame of mind, essentially making LGBT books toilette paper. And its just gross.