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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:30 am
Hateful messages will not be tolerated at the University of Colorado, according to the university’s chancellor:
Some of you may have heard, or read in the newspapers, about an incident of hate on campus Tuesday evening, and the appearance of hateful racist messages in Norlin Library graffiti. These incidents were clearly a reaction to the September 11 terrorist attacks. Though cleaned off immediately, the graffiti leaves a hateful message behind and the impact is widespread, affecting all of us. The CU campus police department is investigating the incident, along with a report of harassment of a CU student of color. I urge you: If you hear of anyone or observe anyone stepping outside the boundaries of tolerance and sensitivity toward members of our community, including Muslims, international students or visitors, please contact the CUPD at 303-492-6666 immediately. Anyone witnessing the Norlin Quad incident Tuesday night is also asked to contact the police. Students are reminded that probation, suspension or expulsion could result from engaging in hate acts. I hope you will heed the reminders that anger focused on any individual or group is misguided, unfair and unfounded. We must pull together to protect and support each other.
That was written on September 20, 2001. Reader Richard Lyon responds:
“… the appearance of hateful racist messages … the impact is widespread …”
With the current controversy surrounding Ward Churchill, it’s good to know that the Chancellor has a history of intolerance for hateful behaviour.
”… If you hear of anyone or observe anyone stepping outside the boundaries of tolerance and sensitivity toward members of our community…Students are reminded that probation, suspension or expulsion could result from engaging in hate acts.”
Sounds good so far. Ah, my mistake. “Little Eichmanns” aren’t part of “our community” and this warning is clearly addressed to students, not faculty.
”… I hope you will heed the reminders that anger focused on any individual or group is misguided, unfair and unfounded …”
Good point. Of course, we must realize that some displays of anger are less misguided, less unfair and not quite so unfounded as others.
”… We must pull together to protect and support each other.”
Presumably “each other” does not include any “Little Eichmanns” who are lurking about. Good to know that the administrators at CU are on top of this sort of thing. Wouldn’t want things to get out of hand.