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UNC system panel OKs hate-crimes policy

Posted January 7, 2010

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— A UNC Board of Governors committee on Thursday approved a policy for handling hate crimes on the University of North Carolina system's 16 campuses.

The uniform code of conduct, which will go before the full board next month, would prohibit actions defined by federal and state laws as hate crimes. It also would express support for free speech on campus.

A panel created by UNC President Erskine Bowles recommended the code of conduct last March. Bowles created the panel after four North Carolina State University students spray-painted racist graffiti in the campus' Free Expression Tunnel on the night President Barack Obama was elected in November 2008.

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

The panel asked Bowles to appoint a separate task force to study whether all new students in the UNC system should be required to undergo diversity training.


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  • josephlawrence43 Jan 8, 2010

    They want to curtail legitimate--if not occassionaly unpleasant--speech of normal American Citizens--yet not only allow but INVITE ILLEGAL ALIENS to attend our schools..Is there something wrong with this picture??

  • Lead by Example Jan 8, 2010

    I don't have a problem with the concept of "hate crime" legislation except for one thing; these laws are NEVER applied to cases where white men/women are the victims. In essence these laws tend to violate the 14th amendment to the constitution, which demands equal protection for all people under the law.

  • JAFOinWF Jan 8, 2010

    Does this go for the liberals who shout down conservatives like they do at UNC?

  • Timbo Jan 8, 2010

    "Hate crime legislation doesn't make anything that is currently legal into a crime. "

    Not true. It punishes for non-pc statements on the Free Expression Tunnel Wall at NCSU and other similar places.

    "Hate crimes legislation just spells out specific punishments for a certain class of aggravating circumstances."

    Sentencing for motivation and beliefs. How PC. As a juror, I would never vote guilty for a "hate crime". What a joke.

  • SaveEnergyMan Jan 8, 2010

    I just want to know how a crime is any worse if you hate their skin color, gender, orientation, or other seemingly insignificant and unrelated attribute. This nation was founded on freedom of thought, which means you're entitled to your opinion, no matter how wrong I or anyone else thinks it is.

    A crime occurs when someone acts to take away someone else's freedom - like assault or vandalism. Although it is true that there are various degrees associated with how the crime took place, these degrees ALREADY include intent. When you maliciously hurt someone does it really matter if you don't like their race? Hate crime legislation punishes someone for not believing like the politically correct government. A quick look through historys show that this is about as un-American as you can get.

  • miketroll3572 Jan 8, 2010

    anonemoose: You took the words right out of my mouth.

  • bill0 Jan 8, 2010

    Hate crime legislation doesn't make anything that is currently legal into a crime. All it does it tack on additional punishments to things that are already crimes. It isn't fundamentally different than prosecutors presenting aggravating or extenuating circumstances. eg if you punch a guy in the nose, you are likely to get a different punishment if it was in a bar fight than you would if you followed the guy home and beat him up in front of his kids. It is the same physical action, but the events surrounding it cast a light on the persons intentions as well as the likelihood of them repeating those actions.

    Hate crimes legislation just spells out specific punishments for a certain class of aggravating circumstances.

  • jlh4jdj Jan 8, 2010

    Archmaker-that works unless your a white male, then your out of luck.

  • archmaker Jan 8, 2010

    hey criminals - when you've got someone down on the ground and you're kicking them in the ribs, just remember to tell them how much you love them.

    that way you'll get a slap on the wrist rather than the punishment you deserve.

  • mep Jan 8, 2010

    Hate crimes... special treatment for a select group of people. It is just plain wrong! And I somewhat agree with anonemoose....