N.C. State student leaders lobby for hate-crime act
N.C. State student leaders came together Wednesday evening to talk about passing a "Free Expression Tunnel Hate Crime Act" after four classmates admitted to painting racist remarks about President-elect Barack Obama on the night of Nov. 4.Posted — Updated
Two of the messages in N.C. State's "Free Expression Tunnel" said: "Let's shoot that (N-word) in the head" and "Hang Obama by a noose."
A bill in the school's Student Senate urges the university to immediately expel those who promote violent and racist actions on campus and to prosecute the offending students to the fullest extent of state and federal law.
No charges have been filed by campus police or state or federal authorities.
The goal is also "to let other students at North Carolina State University know that this is not tolerated,” Sen. Michael Griffin said of the bill.
The Senate voted not to "fast-track" the bill by a tally of 38-13, and sent it to a committee for further review. The fast track would have required quick action. Instead, the senate will take up the measure again next Wednesday.
Four students have come forward and admitted to spray-painting the racist messages, the university says. The school has not released their names. Since the students were not charged with a crime, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People wants the university to expel them.
"We have to hold all of our institutions accountable," said Amina Turner, state NAACP executive director.
Barber has asked Oblinger to respond, in writing, within 48 hours with an official response from the university.