The campus had seen a number of racist incidents occur in the last few months.
It started with a noose found in the school’s fraternity house. Next was the poster plastered all over campus that claimed: “America is a white nation.”
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Then, on Saturday May 20, 23-year-old Richard W. Collins II was stabbed and murdered. His crime? Being Black.
Collins’ murderer, 22-year-old white supremacist Sean Urbanski, was a member of a local Facebook group at the University of Maryland called “Alt-Reich: Nation.” The page contains crass, crude posts that are sexist and racist.
On that Saturday, while Collins, a student at Bowie State University visiting the UMD campus, was waiting for an Uber, he was approached and stabbed by Urbanski “totally unprovoked” with a pocketknife. Urbanski fled the scene but was detained