Taylor Dumpson was the first African American female student body president of American University. But on the night of her swearing-in ceremony, bananas were found tied on nooses all over the college campus.
American University's first African American female student body president has won a $725,000 judgment on Friday. The lawsuit was filed against Andrew Anglin, the publisher for the neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer. In 2017, Anglin incited a racist troll storm that targeted Taylor Dumpson.
Taylor Dumpson, American University’s first Black woman student govt president, was just awarded $725K in a lawsuit against a Nazi website that harassed her and left nooses on campus. A reminder for people who think white supremacy is a thing of the past. https://t.co/qNtgsKGdpE— Natalie Green (@natalieg92) August 9, 2019
Taylor Dumpson was the first African American female student body president of American University. But on the night of her swearing-in ceremony, bananas were found tied on nooses all over the college campus. It didn't stop there. Scrawled all over the bananas were messages containing Dumpson's predominantly-black sorority and a few others read 'HARAMBE BAIT', which was a reference to the gorilla that was killed in the Cincinnati Zoo in 2016.
Her torturous ordeal did not end there. Following the noose incident, many sites reported the hate crime which prompted Angling to post Dumpson's private information online, encouraging his followers to harass her.
Taylor Dumpson, the first black woman to serve as American University's student government president, awarded $725,000 in lawsuit against a neo-Nazi website operator who orchestrated a 'troll storm' against her. https://t.co/FUujWcQbcC pic.twitter.com/vIifvoY5pb— ABC 7 News - WJLA (@ABC7News) August 10, 2019
Judge Rosemary Collyer of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia wrote: "Ms. Dumpson was targeted because of her race and gender." In the light of all the harassment, Dumpson was awarded $500,000 in punitive damages, $124,000 in attorneys' fees and more than $101,000 in compensatory damages.
We won our lawsuit against neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin, who led an antisemitic trollstorm against our client Tanya Gersh. "This win isn’t just for me, my family & my community; this is a win for everyone who has been harassed, terrorized & bullied," she said. https://t.co/wsRu9GDZZG— Southern Poverty Law Center (@splcenter) August 8, 2019
Anglin has come under fire for the string of racist attacks that he has carried out. Two months ago in June, Dean Obeidallah was awarded $4.1 million after The Daily Stormer falsely accused the comedian of being a terrorist. On August 8, Tanya Gersh, a Jewish real estate agent, was also awarded a $14 million settlement which was exacted by Anglin in 2016 following Gersh's interactions with Sherry Spencer, the mother of white supremacist leader Richard Spencer.