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Kent State University rock painted with 'offensive and insulting' message aimed at Black community

School forms anti-racism committee
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Posted at 10:35 AM, Aug 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-29 11:04:59-04

KENT, Ohio — An “offensive and insulting” message painted on the Kent State University rock has prompted the school to form a committee aimed at combating racism.

“Messages that are intended to be upsetting and hurtful are unconstructive and do not reflect our core values as a university,” KSU stated.

The school has formed an anti-racism committee that will focus on anti-Black racism.

“Recognizing that all forms of racism are connected, and that anti-Blackness is the entrance point to examine the ways in which all systems of oppression, President Todd Diacon has formed an anti-racism committee whose work will begin with a focus on anti-Black racism,” the school stated.

According to the university, the committee plans to look at other forms of racism in the future.

The committee plans to report on the difficulties that the school’s Black students, faculty and staff face, the school said.

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