UPDATE: Unity ceremony to occur at Jesse Hall

Friday, March 5, 2010 | 11:21 a.m. CST; updated 11:43 a.m. CST, Friday, March 5, 2010

An anti-hate observance called "United We Stand" will occur from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the steps of Jesse Hall.

The ceremony is one of two events on MU's campus organized in response to the cotton ball incident at the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center on Feb. 26. Tours of the Black Culture Center will be given from noon to 3 p.m., and students are invited to sign an "I Love Diversity" board. Video testimonials will be collected by BLACKout, an online black-perspective publication run by MU students.




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NANCEY LONDON March 5, 2010 | 3:55 p.m.

I don't want to give the perpetrators any more publicity than they already have, or make this into a bigger emotional storm by keeping the furor going, but I would like to make a couple of comments.
1. The wrong thing to do is to hate back. So, I hope the community does not lash out and escalate the hate in retaliation. We will never progress and climb out of the morass at that rate.

2. I don't know if this was a "hate" crime, but it is disturbing, in bad taste, inappropriate, and hurtful, whether it is intentional or unintentional. Just don't see how anyone could find it funny or amusing or a fun prank to do. It is very out-of-character for what I know about the student body at Mizzou. It is not indicative of the university's mindset. Two young men are to blame here, not the university.

Bravo for the university and police dealing with it quickly. Whatever "it" was, the University and police need to shut it down fast and send a loud and clear message to the oommunity that this will not be tolerated. Even the slightest hint of a hate crime is intolerable...kind of like joking about explosives while boarding a just don't do that. Why leave room for future obfuscation (hate crime vs. prank) in the event this recurs with other perpetrators? Shut it down now. Send a message that hate crimes or anything resembling one will be dealt with severely.

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