NAACP Sponsors Meeting At UVa

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

September 14, 2005

The number of racial incidents at UVa are catching the attention of the whole community and the NAACP is stepping in.

The students were united and vocal. It seemed like one of their biggest concerns is how the University is handling it and what can they as students can do to make a difference.

The room overflowed with about one hundred students--some are simply supporting their peers while others are victims themselves of racial incidents. One of the most recent being a note left on a car with curse words and racial slurs.

"The way things are going at this University, I wasn't surprised when I read it. I [thought], 'this is just another incident in the chain of all the things that have been going on'," said Kyle Miller, who received the note.

But why this year, and has this always been the case?

"This year, it's kind of a whole new level having 11 in the first 3 weeks of school. I'm not sure exactly what element set it off, whether it was organized or not, but it's really really heightened this year specifically," said Gregory Jackson, Jr. UVa student associated with NAACP.

"I've seen some incidents, but I think now they're making a more concerted effort to get the knowledge out to the public," said Ashley Lowe 4th-year UVa student.

Students offered suggestions from fighting from within, by joining organizations while others supported the idea of creating their own.

"I've been extremely impressed with people coming out and the participation behind things," Jackson said.

Leaders of the meeting said they want to continue to focus on education and awareness.

Dean of African-American Affairs, Rick Turner was one of the only faculty members present. But he made it clear to students that they should call 911 immediately if they witness anything and his door will always be open.

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