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Sun Jan 28, 2018, 05:29 AM

University of Tennessee Chancellor Beverly Davenport condemns hate speech on the Rock

University of Tennessee Chancellor Beverly Davenport issued a statement Friday calling on the university community to condemn hate speech that has become increasingly common on campus.

In the last month, the Rock, a boulder that serves as a campus message board, has been painted several times with messages from a racial separatist group.

"I know many of you have been offended by their presence on our campus and what they have written on our Rock," Davenport said in a message posted on her webpage Friday and shared with the campus community. "Please know I share your sentiments entirely. I find their values and teachings despicable, hateful, divisive, and incendiary, and as I have said before, they are completely at odds with our Volunteer values and ethics."

Davenport did not name the group responsible for the hate speech in her message, but the letters TWP, which stand for Traditionalist Worker Party, have shown up in recent weeks.

Read more: https://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/education/2018/01/26/university-tennessee-chancellor-beverly-davenport-condemns-hate-speech-rock/1069259001/

(Photo: Submitted/ Alleah Vassell.)

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