White protesters, shouting racial slurs, try to disrupt Cheyney U. classes

(Photo via Philadelphia Tribune photo)

By Daryl Bell

Cheyney University, the nation’s oldest Historically Black College and University, was the scene of a demonstration that attempted to disrupt classes on Tuesday.

According to sources, a small group of white protesters entered the campus which sits astride Chester and Delaware counties around 1:30 p.m. The group then began shouting racial slurs and biblically-themed rhetoric at students and anyone else passing through an area of the campus known as The Quad. There were no incidents involving students and the demonstrators left the campus around 4 p.m..

“This afternoon, Cheyney University was visited by a small group of demonstrators,” Cheyney University said in a prepared statement. “Similar groups have exercised the First Amendment right by visiting some of the other universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

“Our message to our students has and continues to be for them to focus on getting their education while ignoring outside distractions.”

Daryl Bell is a reporter for the Philadelphia Tribune, where this story first appeared.