Debate on Racism and Free Speech at Tennessee

December 18, 2017

Image of a large rock spray painted with the words "White pride," among other graffiti.Students and faculty members at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville are debating issues of race and free speech, The Knoxville News reported. The debate was prompted by someone writing "White pride" on a large rock on which students express various views. The university tweeted that officials don't agree with everything painted on the Rock, as it is known, but that the views are protected free speech. That tweet prompted criticism that the university is speedier to take action about criticism of its athletic teams than about racism, and the university had failed to adequately condemn racism. Then the university took down the tweet and issued a stronger statement condemning racism.

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