A number of Black Lives Matter yard signs have been popping up throughout Morris. Vandalism against some of the signs has sparked a call for an investigation and public condemnation of the acts by public officials. (Photo: Marshall Hoffman)

University of Minnesota Morris Student Body President Sam Rosemark has sent a letter to the mayor, city manager and police chief of Morris to call for an investigation and publicly denounce the vandalism and burning of Black Lives Matter yard signs on Sunday night in Morris. Rosemark said he was “disheartened” by the vandalism.

“A strong message must be sent from all of us that this kind of hate is absolutely not tolerable in any way, shape or form in our community,” Rosemark said in his letter. “With students coming back on campus this fall, it is my responsibility to ensure that every student feels welcomed and included not only on campus but throughout the Morris community.”

Rosemark said this was an especially important message to send to the school’s students of color and Indigenous students. “Property damage, vandalism and arson are not okay,” said Rosemark. “Race-based property damage, vandalism and arson are especially heinous.”

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