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KU’s Black Student Union speaks out against slurs

October 6, 2005

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Kansas University's Black Student Union is taking action against racial slurs in graffiti found Saturday on stairs south of Wescoe Hall.

"Anyone living in the United States today knows those words incite certain feelings in certain people." Kriston Guillot, KU's BSU president said. "African American or not, I think they wanted to incite something in someone, and it did."

Guillot and other members of BSU's executive board alerted the NAACP to the graffiti.

"Intimidation or harassment of any kind affects not only those who suffer the harassment but also the entire community," Marisa Roney, vice provost for student success, said in a prepared statement. "It simply will not be tolerated in any shape or form."

Guillot will participate as a panelist in a dialogue about diversity today at 7 p.m. in the Jayhawk Room of the Kansas Union.

KU's Office of Public Safety is investigating the graffiti incident. Officers urge anyone with any information about the graffiti to call the KU Crimestoppers Tips Line at 864-8888.

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