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25 years ago: KU professors face racist attacks from unknown vandals

December 31, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 31, 1988:

For the second time this year, the office door of a Kansas University faculty member had been defaced with a Nazi symbol. Over the holiday break, a crude four-inch swastika had been scratched into the surface of the Wescoe Hall office door of history professor William Tuttle, a vocal critic of groups such as the Ku Klux Klan. "I think the message here is that the klan has certainly dedicated itself to terrorizing blacks and Jews," Tuttle said. "It is also important to realize that anybody who stands up to this kind of hatred could face retaliation." David Katzman, professor of history, and George Wedge, associate professor of English and linguistics, had found similar messages on their Wescoe Hall office doors. Both Katzman and Wedge had denounced bigotry in public or in print, and Katzman's door had been vandalized in April 1988 and also in 1982 with racist graffiti.


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