February 9, 2011 5:17:00 PM
Disparaging words about several ethnic and racial groups were written in chalk on a University of Alabama sidewalk, the school said Wednesday, the second time in less than a week officials have had to deal with such language.
The university told students and staff members of what happened in an e-mail Wednesday, though it did not mention exactly what was written. A spokeswoman said words were chalked on three sidewalks near The Quad, a large campus green area.
The writing included the words "First Amendment," and the message from university vice president Mark Nelson said the school supports free-speech rights.
"However, we find the use of these words to be mean-spirited and unacceptable," Nelson wrote.
The words were removed as soon as they were discovered, and officials are investigating.
"As members of the UA community, the majority of our faculty, staff and students reject the notion that this type of behavior reflects our collective experience," Nelson wrote. "As a community, we respect and value each member of the UA family, and I trust that we will make decisions that reinforce and reflect that commitment."
University president Robert Witt sent a similar e-mail to students and staff after a white fraternity member was accused of yelling a racial slur at a black student on campus last Friday.
The school has refused to reveal the student''s punishment, but the national president of the fraternity, Delta Tau Delta, apologized personally to the black student.
The Black Faculty and Staff Association at Alabama has suggested disciplinary action against the student including a 12-week suspension from fraternity activities that would allow him time to research ethnic traditions; complete community service; visit civil rights museums across the South; and perform numerous other tasks.
trailertrash commented at 2/9/2011 6:59:00 PM:
THIS is a newsworthy event? A college student in a yank-the-chain-of-the-administration prank, or a beer-fueled bit of belligerence writes on a sidewalk, and it makes the news?
Whoo! I wish I'd had you guys with time on your hands when I was an undergraduate!
zenreaper commented at 2/10/2011 4:32:00 PM:
"The Black Faculty and Staff Association at Alabama has suggested disciplinary action against the student including a 12-week suspension from fraternity activities that would allow him time to research ethnic traditions"
Wow, so a group this is, by its very NAME, a RACIST organization (basing its membership on a person's RACE), gets to suggest what a WHITE student should get as a punishment for using a "bad word"? "Ethnic traditions"? You mean like complaining that you will not get treated equally, them DEMANDING the right to have separatist organizations for your race?
I bet there is a Cracker Barrel nearby, yet Sambo's is a racist restaurant, right?
lorenza102053 commented at 2/11/2011 8:51:00 AM:
What we tend to forget in America is that just because we have the RIGHT to do something..ie: free speech, doesn't always make it RIGHT to do it. There is a real lack of manners and regard for others feelings as of late. It stems from sefishness and ego that is overblown. Whatever happened to the Golden Rule? Just abiding by that would solve 99% of the crime on America and probably cut out almost all personal conflict but we refuse to live by it and we will continue to suffer for it...
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