"I was horrible. I didn't know who these people were. I didn't know where they were. I didn't know if they were coming to find me," Dumpson told CNN in an exclusive television interview.
Finally, she decided to oppose it.
Not with his own threats or adherence to the vitriol, but for justice. Her quest to provoke anonymous trolls led to something no one had foreseen: A personal apology.
"People think of protests and advocacy or lobbying or different things," Dampson says of ways to combat hate. "But litigation can also be a tool for social change," she said.
Neo-Nazi Andrew Anglin encouraged trolls to target Dampson after her historic victory in May 2017 as the first African-American student body president at American University in Washington. She was black, she was a woman, and excelled at university – everything that white supremacists hate.
Anglin did not respond to the lawsuit against him and his highly trafficked neo-Nazi Daily Stormer website, even when $ 725,000 against him, the site and another troll – money Dumpson could never see. And no one has ever been identified as a hanger on lynching bananas around the AU campus, a clear grunt back to America's murderous racist past, and scare tactics.
But one of the people who tweeted hatred of her did not deviate from justice, instead he offered to repent.
A white man in his late teens from the Pacific Northwest decided he needed to make adjustments. His attacks are far from the worst Dumpson ever received, but he is the only one to take charge.
Dumpson left Washington after graduation and earned a law degree in a different city.
She hopes her tormentor and others like him will stop their harassment forever.
"Even though you are white supreme, even though you are a neo-Nazi, even though you think so, I do not think you will always think so," she said. "I don't think so."
Her case may set a precedent. She won the argument that, like physical harassment, online harassment can also interfere with civil rights, such as the right to receive an education.
"To our knowledge, this is the first court decision in the country. this has weighed in that online harassment can prevent public placement, "said David Brody, a lawyer with the Bar Committee under the law that supported Dumpson's case.
" Civil rights laws do not stop where the cloud begins. . " More than two years after it began, hatred still follows Dumpson and she is still on edge, she said.
and there are parts of her life that she lost forever, such as how she planned to start teaching at American University.
I was able to send an email to the student body about: "Hello, ext re a boy to be president of your student government. "No, I was sending a notification to the student body about 'Hi, hate crime happened on campus. I was aiming for this, but here's what we will do to move forward.'
He is proud of how he decided to respond –
"For me, the trial was my squat back," she said.
She has little advice for anyone who has tried to
"It's traumatic and it takes a toll. I think the biggest thing is keeping your peace."