The Red & Black by Stendhal

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Introduction I was taken aback as I read the lead story of The Red & Black, the University of Georgia’s student run newspaper. It was a story about hate speech that had been posted on the Facebook pages of two University groups. “Why can’t you dumb dirty n****s stop stinking up the place? Let UGA be RIGHT for good WHITE Christian students.” This had been posted onto The Black Affairs Council Facebook page. “Burn in hell f****s” was posted on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center’s Facebook page. It brought back memories of my very first year at UGA as a student back in 1997. I’d been exposed to this hatred before even though it was much more subtle. It was my first semester and second class of the day. Before class started, we were having “polite” conversation about SAT scores and GPAs. I said mine and a guy behind me said, “There’s no way that black girl scored higher than any of us on the SAT. She’s only here because of affirmative action, taking the place of people who actually deserve to be here.” I knew then that my presence was tolerated but not accepted. I was shell-shocked then and now. Even coming from south Georgia, I’d still never directly experienced any intolerance or hatred. Yet here it was and is still at my higher education institution of choice. Background The University of Georgia was incorporated on January 27, 1785. The university was actually established in 1801 when a site was selected and graduated its first class in 1804. The

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