The 1st Black Woman To Serve At American University’s SGA President Is Suing Neo-Nazi Website’s Over ‘Troll Storm’
The first black woman to serve as American University’s student government president has sued a neo-Nazi website’s publisher, accusing him of orchestrating an online harassment campaign against her.
Taylor Dumpson’s federal lawsuit, filed Monday in Washington, says Andrew Anglin directed The Daily Stormer’s readers to “troll storm” her with a barrage of racist and demeaning messages on social media.
Authorities began investigating last May after someone hung bananas with hateful messages from nooses on the university’s campus a day after Dumpson’s inauguration. Dumpson has feared for her safety since Anglin posted an article about the incident, including links to her Facebook page and the American University Student Government’s Twitter page, her suit says.
Dumpson’s suit says she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and “feels constantly afraid and on edge,” terrified to leave her home at night.
“This fear did disrupt and continues to disrupt Ms. Dumpson’s daily life. The context of the physical hate crime on campus amplifies the severity of the trolling,” the suit says.
Dumpson’s 71-page suit seeks unspecified monetary damages and asks the court to rule that the defendants violated the District of Columbia Human Rights Act of 1977 and the D.C. Bias-Related Crimes Act of 1989. It also asks the court to bar the defendants from making any reference to Dumpson in any internet posts or tweets and to require them to get “anti-racism and anti-sexism training.” Read full article at ABCNews.go.com
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