Getting the Story Wrong on Campus Racism

November 17, 2015

By Jon Gould at The Hill Online

Let's take a current events quiz and see if you can identify this scenario: a university D.J. tells racist jokes on air; racist jeers and graffiti start to appear across campus; African-American students take over an administration building to protest the racial climate on campus; and, weeks later, university administrators respond with a policy to punish racist speech. Sound familiar? You're thinking this is currently happening at the University of Missouri or Yale University, right? Wrong. That's the University of Michigan from the late 1980s. Of course, it also could have been the University of Wisconsin, Brown University or the University of Pennsylvania, each of which also struggled with how to handle racist speech and incidents that occurred on campus more than 25 years ago...

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