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NAACP to meet with N.C. State chancellor over racist graffiti

Posted November 11, 2008
Updated October 17, 2012

— Members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will meet Wednesday morning with North Carolina State University Chancellor James Oblinger. The civil rights organization called for the meeting after racist graffiti was found on campus the day after the presidential election.

While some students painted pro-Barack Obama messages in the Free Expression Tunnel on the night of Nov. 4, racist graffiti, including “Shoot Obama” and other terms that bordered on threats against the president-elect, were there early Nov. 5, campus police said.

Four students have since come forward and admitted to spray-painting the racist messages. Since the students were not charged with a crime, the NAACP wants to discuss potential university action.

The racist graffiti was immediately painted over, but strong emotions remain over the incident.

"It was something very inappropriate, and I don't think it represents the campus at all,” student Awma Rinchhuan said.

The tunnel is a place where students are encouraged to speak their minds, and there is some sentiment that the incident is getting more attention than it deserves.

“You don't want to down play it, but at the same time, you don't want to give too much attention to it," Rinchhuan said.

"I think it is not going to be necessary, but it is good for them (the NAACP) to get involved so they can put people together and communicate and make everything better,” student Julian Washington said.

The incident prompted about 500 students to gather Thursday for a unity rally at the campus brickyard.

The names of the students have not been released.


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  • woodrowboyd2 Nov 12, 2008

    Freedom of speech is a right
    wasent this tunnel a place where you could speak what you felt.
    the naacp needs to adopt the website move on ,com

  • SemperFi... Always Nov 12, 2008

    As much as what they did digusts me, we can't impose our own morals onto others who simply do not believe what we believe. No crime was committed & while it was a vile act, they must have thought that wall gave them the forum in which to voice their crass opinions. We don't have to agree with what they said & I definitely don't but what kind of punishment can you give someone who's morals simply aren't yours? They won't "change" just because they're given a punishment...

  • ifcdirector Nov 12, 2008

    Why not make this into a big production? Can you imagine what this will do for their fund raising? There are lots of paper tigers used by these groups to generate more dollars from their supporters and keep themselves in the spotlight because it really is about making money. Lots of money.

  • wllmbraskey Nov 12, 2008

    This country is so on it's way down, in a hundred or so years white people will get tired of being trampled on and belittled, the results of all this reverse racism. Lord help others when white people get fed up and mad, human history proves that.

  • agentm Nov 12, 2008

    i just dont get how some of you justifi what those students did....i dont think they sould get kicked out of school but soemting needs to be done..

  • familyfour Nov 12, 2008

    Codeblue....That sounds better, but I would think that community service for the campus or town would be more in order than for the NAACP. Thanks for the response.

  • Nov 12, 2008

    familyfour, I didn't say any laws were broken. I don't think the kids should be kicked out of school. Yes, I said performing community service for the NAACP would be a better option than expulsion. If the kids can't live with that, kick 'em to the curb.

  • wolff Nov 12, 2008

    We need a NAAWP. I'd give money and time. Someone needs to protect the civil liberaties and freedoms of what will soon be a minority and give free help to all those the NAACP attack. When whites become a minority will they qualify for affirmative action and get all the freebies too?

  • f6rider Nov 12, 2008

    Why are people still so intimidated by the NAACP in the 1st place? The local NAACP President needs to focus his energies on a workout program.

  • familyfour Nov 12, 2008

    Code blue, SERIOUSLY?

    What law did he break? If this wasn't considered a real threat by LEO, then what could he be punished for? Being ignorant? WHY do community service for the NAACP? Good greif.

    If this had been some po'd black boy, this would not even be a story, and the NAACP wouldn't touch it with a ten foot pole. Just like they don't touch all the rappers out there slingin *n* aroung like the best new word in the world.

    Seriously, community service for the NAACP. I've got to get myself up off the floor.

    The boy made a bad decision. Boy. Paint. Wall. Ugly word. No crime.