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Racist note left for UNO student worker prompts response from chancellor

 In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, UNO student worker Joshua Garcia said he found a note reading "Illegals are not welcome" on his windshield. (Photo courtesy of Joshua Garcia)
In a Facebook post on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, UNO student worker Joshua Garcia said he found a note reading "Illegals are not welcome" on his windshield. (Photo courtesy of Joshua Garcia) (WOWT)
Published: Nov. 13, 2019 at 3:06 PM CST
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The chancellor of UNO posted a message of support and inclusion Wednesday after an intimidating note was left on a car near campus the previous evening.

The photo of the note allegedly stuck on a student's car has been shard over 1,200 times on Facebook and has gotten over 1,800 reactions.

It's getting reaction on campus too from students.

"Nobody, you know, deserves hate," student Miski Mohamed said.

"At UNO, we tell all our students ' you are welcome here' and that means everyone," University of Nebraska-Omaha Chancellor Jeffrey Gold says on the school's website. "Inclusion is a core value of our university and intimidation has no place on our campus or near it."

According to a Facebook post, a note reading "Illegals are not welcome!" was left on the windshield of a UNO student worker who had parked his car at Elmwood Park.

The student at the center of all of this is UNO junior, Joshua Garcia.

He tells 6 News "for the past few days [he] felt like [he's] been being followed to [his] car."

Garcia told himself he was being overly paranoid, he brushed it off. But Tuesday evening when he got into his car and saw the note he realized that wasn't the case.

"I couldn't believe my eyes," Garcia said. "I didn't expect that to happen here in Omaha."

In his post, Garcia says he worries about Latinos in the U.S., especially as immigration issues come to the forefront of national discourse.

"I am just extremely overwhelmed with what is going on in the supreme court debating about what will the future look like for DACA recipients and things like this happening to Latinos in the U.S.," he says in the post.

The university is making it known they stand with Garcia and all of their students now and always.

"We're a public institution," Johnathan Benjamin-Alvarado, an assistant vice chancellor said. "We have a very very deep commitment to the social contract and serving this community in particular and all of the students that come through the university."

He says he hopes to have a conversation with the person who wrote the note and embrace them.

"I don't blame them for thinking like that. If you look on social media, if you look on the news people are enabling this behavior, thinking it's okay," Garcia said.

Now because this incident happened off-campus, any further action to pursue whoever left this note on Garcia's car would need to come from the police. At this point, no police report has been filed.

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I found this note on my windshield at Elmwood Park where my car is parked and couldn't believe my eyes that this is...

Posted by Joshua Garcia on Tuesday, November 12, 2019

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