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Brown, Black, and Blue at CU & Security Alerts

April 17, 2012

If you are graduate student, undergrad, or Columbia University staff you periodically receive emails from the Department of Public Safety. These emails are addressed to the Columbia community and contain pdf documents titled “Security Alert: (insert crime here)”. The victims are always folks from columbia, (students mainly) and the suspects are always our black and brown neighbors who reside along the north, west, and south of Columbia. Interestingly, crimes committed by Columbia students (remember the frat students who were dealing cocaine) or faculty (the political scientist who was sleeping with his daughter) are never reported. The message seems pretty clear the danger lies outside the University, the criminals are there, we are here.

Below is  sample Security Alert issued by Columbia Universities Department of Public Safety

Folks working on Brown, Black and Blue at CU got together and decided to write our own Security Alerts, but from the perspective of black and brown folk at Columbia and our Harlem neighbors (see below). We invite you to create your own Security Alerts and email them to

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