Peter Fitzgerald of the FBI addresses questions about a series of racist messages and hate crimes that have occurred at Syracuse University.  A janitor at the university is battling racism with kindness. 
Photo: Lauren Long/The Syracuse Newspapers via AP
Photo: Lauren Long/The Syracuse Newspapers via AP

Syracuse University janitor battles racism with kindness

Co-workers join effort with additional inspirational messages reports that Keri Courtwright has been taping inspirational notes on doors, mirrors and paper towel dispensers during her rounds.

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Courtwright said she wants to spread “good energy.” One message says: “Kindness changes everything.”

The notes are an extension of the positive messages she’d been posting in the Facebook group Pay it Forward CNY.

Some co-workers have joined her effort. One quote urges onlookers: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Authorities have fielded about 10 recent reports of racist vandalism, graffiti and shouted slurs targeting Jews, Asians and black students at the private upstate New York university.

Officials are also investigating a white supremacist manifesto that was circulated electronically on campus.

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