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N.C. State students admit to racist graffiti

Posted November 6, 2008

— Four North Carolina State University students could face disciplinary action in connection with racist graffiti in the university’s Free Expression Tunnel, officials said.

The tunnel is a place where students are encouraged to speak their minds.

While some painted pro-Barack Obama messages in the tunnel Tuesday night following the historic presidential election, racist graffiti, including the phrases “Shoot Obama,” “Black House” and other terms that bordered on threats against the president-elect, were in the tunnel early Wednesday, campus police said.

Campus police said four students have come forward and admitted to spray painting the words. The Secret Service searched their residences and found no real threat against Obama, police said.

The names of the students have not been released.

The wall was painted over Wednesday. Campus police said hate crime charges will not be filed because no crime was committed.

The incident prompted hundreds at the school to gather Thursday for a unity rally at the campus Brickyard.

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  • awilliams7014 Nov 10, 8:58 a.m.

    Free expression tunnel!?? What a joke. I remember when I was there, a certain student was painting something over some pro gay graffiti. He was confronted, and outnumbered, by the gay pride folks and felt threatened. He pushed one of them out of the way to get past them, and found himself expelled from school. So it's only free speech if you agree with homosexual lifestyles, and/or you feel guilty for being a straight white male.

  • chavke Nov 7, 9:29 p.m.

    "Chavke, please prove them wrong."

    My pleasure:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15258484/

    http://blog.seattlepi.nwsource.com/myspace/archives/107848.asp?source=rss

    http://www.progressive.org/mag_mc100405

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=247437

  • patriot goddess Nov 7, 8:39 p.m.

    "And all of these "you wouldn't have heard anything happen if it were Bush" arguments are lame and tired, and can be proven wrong. -chavke"

    Chavke, please prove them wrong.

  • clickclackity2 Nov 7, 8:37 p.m.

    Sorry...my mistake..didn't realize it was Freedom of Speech wall that the cowards decided to turn into a Freedom of HATE wall. However, the rest of my post still stands. And to the poster who wrote about not knowing about getting into trouble....get real! No one wants to read about your HATE grafitti whether it's about RACE, RELIGION, ORIENTATION, GENDER ETC! You can breed that type of hatred to your own little circle of friends who actually give a hoot about your narrow-minded views.

  • chavke Nov 7, 7:02 p.m.

    "Liberals support "freedom of speech" as long as you express opinions that they agree with."

    It wasn't a liberal or conservative matter. Students from both sides, Republican and Democrat, Black and White, were offended by the graffiti, and rightly so. It's funny how some of you can just dismiss things like this as "aw..it's just free speech." Rewrite some words and make it personal, and I'm sure your reactions to it would be different. There is no such thing as absolute free speech. These people who wrote "Let's shoot the (N word)" did not indicate if they were harmless or serious, which is why the Secret Service looked into it. And all of these "you wouldn't have heard anything happen if it were Bush" arguments are lame and tired, and can be proven wrong.

  • onlymyopinion76 Nov 7, 5:58 p.m.

    I thought it was a "Freedom of Speech Wall" And I thought we have a right to say what we wanted. Yes those kids should not have wrote shoot the "n". but it happened and they didn't get criminal charges brought on them. so unless you are against Americans having freedom of speech LET IT GO!! everyone has said stupid things. and you can't lie to yourselves You Have

  • patriot goddess Nov 7, 5:44 p.m.

    While the things those kids wrote were sad, it's a free speech wall. I fear that this incoming administration will usher a new era of hyper-political correctness. This incident notwithstanding, already, any genuine criticism is being called hateful and the speaker called a racist. Kiss the first amendment good-bye.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Nov 7, 5:31 p.m.

    "Anyone want to admit that free speech is censored mainly for the white majority? If there was some threatening "anti-redneck" graffiti everyone would just ignore it or laugh.

    Justin, you said it so well! tiredofgovtwaste

    Yeah.. right. Free Speech? Do they own the property they vandalized? No! How many anti-redneck grafitti and symbols for defacing someone elses property have we seen? Please let me know the statistics. And for the record, I'm already well informed on them. So sick of people trying to pull the 'other side' bull, when you very well know the Cowards who pull these stunts are WRONG and plain IGNORANT."

    They didn't have to own the property, NCSU allows people to express their opinions on this area.

    Unfortunately, these young expressed an opinion that the politically correct NCSU academics didn't agree with.

    Liberals support "freedom of speech" as long as you express opinions that they agree with.

  • clickclackity2 Nov 7, 5:18 p.m.

    Anyone want to admit that free speech is censored mainly for the white majority? If there was some threatening "anti-redneck" graffiti everyone would just ignore it or laugh.

    Justin, you said it so well!

    tiredofgovtwaste

    Yeah.. right. Free Speech? Do they own the property they vandalized? No! How many anti-redneck grafitti and symbols for defacing someone elses property have we seen? Please let me know the statistics. And for the record, I'm already well informed on them. So sick of people trying to pull the 'other side' bull, when you very well know the Cowards who pull these stunts are WRONG and plain IGNORANT.

  • clickclackity2 Nov 7, 5:12 p.m.

    Where's the pictures of the cowards?

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