The cartoon frog “Pepe” continues to strike fear into the hearts of academics and political activists across the nation — this time at Folsom Lake College in California.
The educational watchdog Campus Reform reported Wednesday that Los Rios cops were called and a “sweep” of the campus was conducted after a faculty member found an image of the grinning frog.
“Pepe” was used in 2016 by internet pranksters who partly wanted to show the gullibility of many journalists and intellectuals, though many now deem variations of the meme to be a sign of racism or the so-called alt right.
“An FLC faculty member found the sheet featuring Pepe the frog on their office door earlier in February,” Campus Reform reported. “The school informed the Los Rios, California, Police Department about the incident so it would ‘be on heightened alert for any signs that this may be part of a larger trend or pattern.’”
An email co-authored by FLC President Whitney Yamamura, Academic Senate President Paula Haug, Classified Senate President Lindsey Campbell, and Student Senate President Cameron Sanders warned:
“[Pepe] has been commonly co-opted by white supremacists and others as a symbol of bigotry. While we do not immediately know the intentions of the person(s) who posted the picture, we are treating this incident with the highest level of seriousness and have already conducted a sweep of all Folsom Lake College campuses to look for other instances of these materials.
Let us take an opportunity to state clearly and without equivocation that hate has no home on Folsom Lake College. Our students, faculty, and staff deserve a place to study and work that is free of bigotry and discrimination in any form.”
The image in question was found next to posters for social justice events and promotional material for Democratic Socialists of America.
Faculty members at Folsom Lake College did not respond to multiple requests for comment by Campus Reform.