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MU students rally against racial hate incident

Saturday, February 12, 2011 | 8:47 p.m. CST; updated 7:25 p.m. CST, Tuesday, February 22, 2011
MU freshmen Mecca Wilkerson, left, and Arial Ruffin, right, draw messages of love and peace on a sign in front of Hatch Residence Hall Saturday while Jillian Smith, center, quietly observes. The sign painting was a response to an incident that occurred at Hatch Hall Saturday morning — a statue outside the residence hall was marked with offensive graffiti.

COLUMBIA — Passers-by stopped to watch four MU students spray paint posters advocating peace and love outside of Hatch Residence Hall on Saturday evening.

In response to a racial slur written late Friday night or early Saturday morning on a sculpture outside of Hatch, the students blasted Bob Marley’s “One Love” from a car stereo as they designed the posters to rally against the racial hate incident.

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The students spray painted "One Love," "Imagine" and a peace sign in green, purple and black on two large posters.

“This is absolutely ridiculous,” Kirsten Duncan, an MU senior, said. “We already had an incident last year. It is appalling; the behavior of people around here is ridiculous.”

Through the use of Facebook, the four students were able to create an event and invite their friends to participate in the rally.

“So we were talking and decided we need to do something about this,” Duncan said. “We need to show that Mizzou is about one love and that we love all, and there are no prejudices against anyone.”

Co-creator of the event, Angie Owens, an MU senior, said she wanted to make sure that as MU students, they represented love rather than hate.

As the event continued, the poster boards received more attention from students walking nearby.

Harriett Brown, an MU sophomore, watched the students spray paint and took pictures of  them with her cell phone.

“I wasn’t that surprised about what happened, but I was shocked that it was so bold,” Brown said. “It’s good that they’re showing that everyone at Mizzou is like this (those at the rally) and that there are just a few people that mess it up for everybody.”


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Comments

Gregg Bush February 14, 2011 | 8:27 a.m.

Social media at its finest. This action and bringing the culprit(s) to justice are the best reactions to the vile act.
Many thanks to you all.

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Louis Schneebaum February 14, 2011 | 10:25 a.m.

Also it made a lot of people feel important, getting to take a 'stand' against some graffiti... Go look on the side of a freight train, that'll really blow your minds; bring candles for a 'vigil'!

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