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UNC System hate-crimes panel to hold public forum

Posted January 9, 2009

— A University of North Carolina System panel looking into whether the 16-campus system should adopt a policy covering possible hate crimes will hold a public forum next week.

UNC President Erskine Bowles appointed the UNC Study Commission to Review Student Codes of Conduct as They Relate to Hate Crimes. It includes students, staff and faculty from 10 UNC campuses

Bowles formed the commission after four North Carolina State University students spray-painted racist graffiti on campus in November the night that Barack Obama won the presidential election.

The students painted the graffiti on the walls of the school's "Free Expression Tunnel." Two of the messages said: "Let's shoot that (N-word) in the head" and "Hang Obama by a noose."

Officials with the state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People called for the students to be expelled, but officials said they had no grounds to do that.

The forum will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 15 in the board room of the Spangler Center, 910 Raleigh Road, in Chapel Hill. People and organizations will have the opportunity to share their concerns and perspectives about student conduct and hate crimes.

The commission asked people who want to attend to pre-register by e-mailing their name, organization, address, phone number and e-mail address to commission Chairman Harold Martin at study_commission@northcarolina.edu. Those unable to attend the forum can send their comments to the commission at the same e-mail address.

The panel, which also is examining whether to require all new UNC student to attend a diversity orientation, is expected to give Bowles its recommendations by the end of March.


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  • Chatham Adam Jan 9, 2009

    Free (albeit reprensible) speech in a "free speech tunnel" = hate crime?

    Welcome to Orwell's "1984"

  • htomc42 Jan 9, 2009

    I guess "Hate Crime" is now the sugar-coating for justifying censorship and persecuting "thoughtcrime". Diversity training is just PC newspeak for mind control.

    I don't like offensive comments like the ones that were painted in the Not-So-Free Expression Tunnel. But unless we can tolerate that without taking official action against them, there's no way that we can rightfully call ourselves a Free society. I find -that- far more offensive than the drivel that was painted on a tunnel wall.

  • patrick85ed Jan 9, 2009

    Boy the "entitlement mindset" is still alive and well I see. Gee whiz the USA, home of the offended.

  • OLD PIRATE 2 Jan 9, 2009

    The President of the University named a pannel who is now naming a pannel to hold a meeting. If anyone wants to know why PHD's have become useless in education, here is your answer. Let this dog rest and it will go away, fan it and its going to stink and I hope Skippie Jr. is right in the middle.

  • bettyboopr2 Jan 9, 2009

    Get over it already. If you keep bringing it up it won't go away. How many people out there can say they have NEVER said or done anything against a person of different race. If they say they haven't they are lying.
    These kids did something stupid, but they did not hurt anyone. I have made disparinging remarks about your first BI RACIAL

  • LuvLivingInCary Jan 9, 2009

    the things we do in order to keep a bunch of sensitive people happy.

  • JAFOinWF Jan 9, 2009

    But renting a car and running people down is not a hate crime if you're a Muslim. Neither is singling out "Christian white men" a hate crime at UNC-CH.