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Hate Messages Must Not Be Tolerated, Should Be Removed

Attention UNC students and employees: Have you had your daily fix of racism and sexism?

If not, be sure to stop by the men's bathroom in the basement of Peabody Hall. The hastily scrawled messages on the walls of this bathroom should fulfill your desire to experience ignorance and hate of groups of people on our campus.

It has been over a week since I first brought this problem to the dean's office's attention.

The hate messages have yet to be removed.

I do not place any blame on the dean's office for this lack of action. I find fault with the obvious bureaucracy that exists at this University.

I realize that this is a state-run institution, and therefore likely to get bogged down with the same bureaucratic issues that slow down our government.

In UNC's case, the system for reporting maintenance problems is of poor, inefficient design.

The particulars of the system are not important -- what is important is recognizing that it needs to be changed.

We must demand that maintenance issues, such as racist graffiti that must be painted over immediately, are given a priority over other issues that this department of the University deals with.

Hate messages that deface University property should not be tolerated by anyone on this campus, and it should be a main concern of the University community to get them removed promptly.

I hope that everyone on this campus understands that messages such as the ones painted in the basement bathroom in Peabody have no place on our campus, and therefore should not be tolerated by any of us.

If University property is similarly defaced elsewhere on campus don't just shrug your shoulders and move on, please report it; bigotry and hate have no place at our school.

Brian McCandless

Graduate Student

School of Education

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