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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Racism? You Decide.
University of Missouri Black Culture Center Littered with Cotton

Okay, so in the grand scheme of things there isn't really much for you to decide on this one.

The Columbia Daily Tribune is reporting a public display of racism on the University of Missouri campus.  On Friday, February 26th, students woke up to find cotton balls strewn across an area outside of the campus Black Culture Center.  Campus security is investigating the racially motivated vandalism.

Black students are not taking the situation lightly and discouraged campus police officers from cleaning the scene.  Sophomore JaNee Harrell, and graduate student Marcus Mayes, spoke with the Tribune:
The cotton should be left in public view, “so every black on campus can recognize the hate crime,” Harrell said. “Every minority on campus should be offended, just as whites should be embarrassed.”
Marcus Mayes, a graduate student who works at the center, said the majority of students walking by the building this morning were upset.
“It’s not just an African-American thing,” he said. “Everyone is pretty much in awe. It’s 2010. A lot of people can’t believe it happened.”

 In response to the incident, it is expected that the school's diversity office will host a community forum to open dialogue about race relations at the school. 

Read the full story here.
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