Southern Illinois U Denounces Racist Video

April 25, 2016

A racist video on YouTube -- with the headline “SIUC White Is Right” -- has disturbed many students and others at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. The video, which contains racial slurs throughout, may be found here, although the university is trying to have it removed. Rumors are circulating that a fraternity at the university is responsible for the video, but a spokeswoman for the university, via email, said that "we do not have reason to believe that is was actually from the fraternity it is being attributed to and are investigating."

On Sunday night, the interim chancellor, Brad Colwell, sent out an email to all students. "The promotion of disruption and violence is not acceptable," he said. "It distracts all of us from our mission, and it makes members of our community feel unwelcome and unsafe. Individuals who hide behind anonymity, or who tie their views to organizations they do not represent, must not be allowed to disrupt our campus. Individuals who use the power of social media to spread hate and fear must not be allowed to be the voice of our community."

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