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Racially Charged Notes Found in Campbell Dorm

Posted January 22, 2008

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— Students at Campbell University found racial slurs stuck to the doors of a dormitory Monday, the day set aside nationally to honor the civil rights legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Sophomore Otis Evans said he had returned from class about noon Monday when he saw yellow notes stuck to doors in his dorm hallway. "Happy (racial slur) Day" was written on each note, he said.

"When I saw it, I was shocked," Evans said. "I didn't know what to think. I just stood there for a second because I really couldn't believe what I had just seen."

The notes were on five doors on the first floor of Small Hall. Authorities said the notes appeared to be placed at random, since none of the dorm rooms housed African-American students.

Small Hall doesn't have security cameras in the hallway, but entry requires a swipe card.

John Roberson, Campbell's vice president of marketing, described the private Baptist university as a diverse campus and said administrators were taking the incident seriously.

"We deeply regret this," Roberson said. "When the perpetrator is found, we will prosecute that perpetrator to the fullest extent of our university honor code and policy."

Campbell administrators were trying to determine which Small Hall residents weren't in class Monday morning to see who might have information about the incident.

Students said the notes stunned and angered them.

"For somebody to just come along and tarnish everything that you're working hard for, not only as a student, but as a black student in a majority white university, what do you say to something like that? I mean, it was dumbfounding,” sophomore Harold Sims said.

“It really surprised me because this is 2008. It was MLK Day. This is Campbell, (which) stands on honor and Christian values,” junior LaRonda Mays-Soles said.

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  • mgratk Jan 25, 2008

    I really doubt any college student is shocked by such language. The real world can be hard. People say and do unpleasant things. Grow a backbone, people. Don't let someone's words cripple you. Laugh it off, think to yourself, "there's the work of a true Einstein," and continue on with your day. Don't break down in tears and have an instant need for years of therapy because of some moron. Really? You're shocked that there are morons around? Then you must be one, too.

  • chavke Jan 24, 2008

    "My point was, why would a white person put racially motivated notes on all white students doors?"

    Oh, I don't know..maybe they could have been members of extremist groups trying to recruit new members. Could have been a number of other reason. I don't know, and personally don't care. Unlike you, I don't jump quickly to conclusions.

    " Sounds like you're the overly sensitive one."

    This coming from someone who is on EVERY news article that has to with race.

    "You know, they make creams for that kind of stuff."

    Lame. You have never made an intelligent comment on here in your life, so I don't expect your comebacks to be such either. Try harder next time.

  • G-Dawg Jan 24, 2008

    Chavke: Sounds like you're the overly sensitive one. You know, they make creams for that kind of stuff.

  • G-Dawg Jan 24, 2008

    "No, not necessarily..it just means what you want it to mean to back up your weak theories. You really need to fine tune your analytical skills; maybe if you did you wouldn't be so sensitive to WRAL's "racially biased" stories.
    chavke"

    Ha! You have the wrong person to call sensitive, lol. Why don't you try reading the article, it's plainly says the door the notes were put on were all white students. My point was, why would a white person put racially motivated notes on all white students doors?

  • chavke Jan 24, 2008

    "Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't this mean the person had to have been black???"

    No, not necessarily..it just means what you want it to mean to back up your weak theories. You really need to fine tune your analytical skills; maybe if you did you wouldn't be so sensitive to WRAL's "racially biased" stories.

  • Freakazoid Jan 24, 2008

    I'm out of here at 4PM - My son is graduating tonight!!!!!! Finally. lol

  • Freakazoid Jan 24, 2008

    Have I insulted you iamforjustice? I just provided definitions. Did it not help to clarify things for you? Help you understand where others may be coming from? Or why they disagree with the way you define these two words? Is it not possible (according to the definitions from the dictionary) that African Americans can indeed be racist? Considering all the angry talk from Sharpton and Jackson, couldn't it be that some blacks hate whites for the "past"? To hate, is to be racist.

  • iamforjustice Jan 24, 2008

    I try to bring peace to rooms so full of hatred. How do you live with yourselves. It really baffles me. Oldbikerguy...so it really makes you feel good and special to call me an idiot? Sad fact is in my comments I am right. Just as you all are right in your comments. I believe in what I right just as you all do but I am an idiot. I like that. I like the fact that you all feel compelled to try to diminish my character. See, I bring the truth out of you. Mainly the racist/prejudice folks actually. Not my brethren. :)

  • Freakazoid Jan 24, 2008

    GaFan - you are so fun! lol 8-)

  • G-Dawg Jan 24, 2008

    I still love how the article says it was racial. The notes were placed on all white students doors. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't this mean the person had to have been black???

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