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  •  Out of curiosity- (none)
    is the increase in racism recently correlated to UVA accepting NOLA university students like other eastern universities have been doing, thereby adding to the black population of the campuses? I was wondering if that would increase racial tensions...
    •  Actually... (none)
      Racial tensions have been especially high for several years now.  African-american students have reported being attacked, and others have told me of incidents where racial epithets were shouted at them.  This was 2-3 years ago, so I don't think it has anything to do w/the hurricane thing.  Also, it's not like the black population is that large to start with.

      Ain't they got no shame?? Naw, they ain't got no shame!! --Nikki Giovanni

      by DemInCville on Wed Oct 12, 2005 at 03:07:00 PM PDT

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    •  I don't think so (none)
      Look at the article linked in the first comment -- it appears that this is something that people have finally become aware of in the past few years as opposed to the past few weeks.

      DemInCville makes an excellent point about UVA being a rich, Southern boys finishing school.  The traditions run deep and propagate through the generations.

      Not surprisingly, Larry Sabato is quoted in that article as saying that he doesn't think there's a problem.  Now don't get me started on Larry Sabato....

    •  The incidents predate Katrina (none)
      So no it's not that.  There's always been classism & racism at UVA but there was a window in the 70s and 80s where I think the racism was a lot less public and more isolated to a few idiots.  My brother was there 1979-1984 and told me that he didn't see that sort of stuff going down in his circles but then again he's white liberal boy born in Jersey so he wouldn't have been a target.

      As a Hokie alum I take no pleasure in this.  VA Tech isn't perfect either -- someone vandalized the local mosque last year and the track record of diversity at VA Tech is a lot worse as the GOP has browbeat the school into cancelling what few diversity programs they had.

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