Hate Crime at Harvard

September 21, 2000

Source: The Harvard Crimson

On September 21, 2000, The Harvard Crimson reported that "a Harvard undergraduate was assaulted by two men Tuesday night, in what police are labeling a possible hate crime. The incident, which occurred on the sidewalk of St. Paul's Church on Arrow Street, is the second Square attack in less than 72 hours that police said may have been motivated by bias...Around 8:30 p.m., while he was walking back to the River Houses from the Islamic prayer room in Canaday Hall, the student, who is a senior,said he was grabbed from behind by two men, who began punching him. The men, described to police as skinheads, knocked the undergraduate to the ground, where he hit his head. The suspects continued to kick him. At the time of the assault, the student was wearing an Islamic prayer cap."