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42-Ton Boulder Seen as a 'Symbol of Racism' Removed

UW-Madison students had lobbied for Chamberlin Rock's ouster

(Newser) - The 42-ton boulder seen as a "symbol of racism," per CNN , has been removed from the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. Chamberlin Rock was removed by a crew using a large crane over a matter of hours Friday, and is being moved to university-owned land elsewhere, off-campus. The plaque...

70-Ton Boulder That Caused Outcry on Campus Set for Removal

UW-Madison students say Chamberlin Rock serves as symbol of school's racist past

(Newser) - A 70-ton boulder that's been a "painful reminder" at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will soon be seen no more. Per the Wisconsin State Journal , the college's Campus Planning Committee unanimously voted last week to recommend to Chancellor Rebecca Blank that Chamberlin Rock be removed from Observatory Hill,...

A Black Student's Death is Getting Even Uglier

More evidence emerges in the case of Sanda Dia

(Newser) - A black student's death during a hazing ritual in Belgium has raised painful issues of racism, elitism, colonialism—and people who might be getting away with manslaughter, the New York Times reports. Sanda Dia was 20 when he died trying to enter a nearly all-white fraternity at the Catholic...

UGA Frat Suspended After Racist Group Chat Emerges

Arianna Mbunwe says University of Georgia is now 'victim-blaming' her for posts that targeted her

(Newser) - A fraternity at the University of Georgia suspended itself after racist messages from a group chat were shared online. Screenshots of the messages were shared Saturday by junior Arianna Mbunwe, who started receiving tips about wrongdoing after mocking fellow students' coronavirus practices on Twitter, per the New York Times . Mbunwe,...

For 2nd Time in 2 Weeks, OU Professor Uses N-Word in Class

Incident occurred before action steps from last incident could be carried out

(Newser) - Two weeks after a University of Oklahoma professor made headlines for his use of the n-word in class , another University of Oklahoma professor is making headlines for using the n-word in class. This time around it was a history professor, and OU says in a statement that she issued a...

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Professor's 'OK Boomer'
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Professor's 'OK Boomer' Comparison Blows Up

University of Oklahoma denounces Peter Gade's comments in class

(Newser) - A University of Oklahoma journalism professor is in hot water after using the n-word in class—and claiming that the phrase "OK boomer" is comparable to the racial slur. Peter Gade , who has been on the school's faculty since 1998, is director of graduate studies at the Gaylord...

Syracuse Faculty Member Sent Anti-Semitic Email

It's the latest in a slew of racist incidents at the school

(Newser) - Syracuse University was already investigating racist graffiti and the use of a racial slur against a student; now a faculty member has been targeted. Syracuse Police, New York State Police, and the FBI are investigating an email that "contained anti-Semitic language and was threatening in nature," the school...

University Janitor Counters Racism With Kindness

After racist incidents at Syracuse University, Keri Courtwright takes action

(Newser) - Restoring your hope in humanity today: Keri Courtwright. The 35-year-old works the night shift as a janitor at Syracuse University, a school that's been investigating racist graffiti found on campus this month . Courtwright is no stranger to graffiti, and like all janitors has "graffiti cleaner" among her supplies....

Longtime UNC Coach on Leave Amid Controversy

Sylvia Hatchell accused of making remark about 'nooses,' reportedly pressuring hurt players

(Newser) - For more than 30 years, Sylvia Hatchell has coached women's basketball at the University of North Carolina. Now several players seem ready to defect after parents say Hatchell made "racially inappropriate" remarks and also allegedly forced players to keep shooting hoops even though they were hurt. Per the...

Cops Called on Student Eating Lunch: 'All I Did Was Be Black'

Someone called Smith College cops to check on Oumou Kanoute

(Newser) - A Massachusetts college president is apologizing after campus police were called to investigate an undergraduate black student quietly eating her lunch in a common room. Smith College President Kathleen McCartney says in a letter Thursday the college is hiring a "third-party investigator" to review the incident and that every...

Racist Text Sparks Outrage on Georgia Campus

White student blames spellcheck

(Newser) - A white Georgia college student is blaming spellcheck for a racist slur she accidentally sent via text message to her new roommate. "Her insta looks pretty normal not too n-----ish," the student, identified by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as Courtney Schaefer, texted after the two exchanged pleasantries, in a...

'Crude Act of Bigotry' on Campus After Black Student President Elected

Police searching for suspect in surveillance video

(Newser) - Taylor Dumpson began her first day as the first black female president of American University's Student Government Association on Monday. That same day, bananas hanging from nooses were found at three spots on campus in what the DC school's president calls a "crude and racially insensitive act...

Columbia Wrestlers Benched Over Racist Texts

They include use of n-word, homophobic slurs

(Newser) - Columbia University is investigating racist and homophobic group text messages reportedly sent by members of its men's wrestling team just days after similar incidents at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania . According to student-run news site Bwog , which received screenshots of GroupMe messages sent over the past three...

Black Yale Worker Shatters 'Racist' Panel, Loses Job

Stained-glass panel in Calhoun dining hall showed slaves carrying bales of cotton

(Newser) - "It's 2016, I shouldn't have to come to work and see things like that." That's the explanation offered by Corey Menafee, a black dishwasher at a Yale dining hall who lost his job for destroying a stained-glass panel he tells the New Haven Independent was...

Oregon College Creates 'Whiteness History Month'

It's been just a tad controversial

(Newser) - April is Whiteness History Month at Oregon's Portland Community College, NBC News reports. But instead of dissertations on the Tea Party, juice cleanses, and Macklemore, Whiteness History Month will attempt to "challenge the master narrative of race and racism through an exploration of the social construction of whiteness,...

College in Washington Cancels Classes Over Threats

Social media posts targeted members of multiple ethnic groups

(Newser) - After a racist thread on social media sparked outrage on a Washington state campus, college officials sent students home a day early for the Thanksgiving holiday. Western Washington University sent out an alert canceling classes and an email to students from President Bruce Shepard on Tuesday morning. It's unknown...

Another Bomb Drops in Mizzou Racial Drama

And the school plans initiatives for racial diversity

(Newser) - The embattled chancellor of the University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia says he's stepping down at the end of the year to take a different position. Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin's announcement Monday came hours after the university system's president, Tim Wolfe, said he was resigning...

As Pressure to Quit Builds, Mizzou Prez Says 'Change Needed'

School's board schedules special meeting as staff plan walkout

(Newser) - Republican state lawmakers have joined students in calling for the University of Missouri's president to step down over the school's handling of racial issues. Rep. Steve Cookson, who chairs the state's House Higher Education Committee, says Tim Wolfe's "callous reaction to racial sensitivity issues" shows...

Mizzou Black Students: 'We Are No Longer Taking It'

Football players refuse to play until school president Tim Wolfe is removed

(Newser) - Student protests at the University of Missouri over how racially charged incidents have been handled by school leaders have ramped up over the semester and reached a peak with 32 black football players now refusing to participate in team activities until the president is removed. It's the latest controversy...

Student Goes on Hunger Strike to Fix 'Infected' Campus

U of Missouri student wants president gone over racist, sexist, homophobic incidents

(Newser) - Jonathan Butler isn't planning on eating "until either Tim Wolfe is removed from office or my internal organs fail and my life is lost." Those were the words the graduate student wrote in a letter sent Monday to University of Missouri officials, declaring he's on a...

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