- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 8, 2018

Things took a biblical turn Thursday at the University of Texas after communist students turned a fountain red to symbolize the “blood of women & all survivors” on International Women’s Day.

The words, “This is the blood of survivors that UT ignores,” accompanied by a hammer and sickle, were spray painted on a wall above Littlefield Fountain, which is a World War I memorial.

The Revolutionary Student Front’s Austin chapter appeared to take credit for the vandalism in posts on social media.

“The blood of women & all survivors flow from the fountains of UT,” the communists wrote on Twitter. “On International Working Women’s Day, we must stress the necessity of organizing women for revolutionary violence against the capitalist institutions that uphold patriarchy & protect abusers like Richard Morrisett.”

It’s the second act of graffiti in as many months targeting professor of pharmacy Richard Morrisett, who pleaded guilty in 2016 to a third-degree felony for strangling his girlfriend until she saw “stars.”

After it found out about the incident, the university placed Mr. Morrisett on paid administrative leave and conducted a review.

“The review found no relation between how the professor acted in this situation and how he acted on campus, and as a result he was allowed to continue his teaching and lab activities,” university spokesman J.B. Bird said in an email to myStatesman in January.

The hammer and sickle symbol was also spray painted on the School of Pharmacy building last February, accompanied by the words, “Watch your back Richard” and “UT harbors abusers.”

In a post on Facebook, the Revolutionary Student Front accused university president Greg Fenves of “perpetuating violence against women” by continuing “to keep domestic abuser Professor Richard Morrisett on staff.”

The communist students also accused the university of providing “lip service but no actual effective resources to combatting the epidemic of sexual assault and patriarchal rape culture” on campus, pointing to statistics allegedly showing 15 percent of undergraduate women are raped during their time at the University of Texas.

“The blood of women and survivors flows from the fountains of UT and we know that to truly address patriarchal violence, we must organize the people to attack and destroy capitalism, its institutions, and those who perpetuate this violence,” the students wrote.

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