UVA Groups Respond to Racial Graffiti on Beta Bridge

Full story: NBC29 Charlottesville

The University of Virginia's Beta Bridge has been a standard for support and encouragement for generations, as well-wishers regularly repaint their messages.

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Teri

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I would bet good money that it was done by someone having no connections to UVA at all. Just a coward trying to cause harm.

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I'd be willing to bet it was a Leftist partaking in a little agitprop trying to provoke. Similar to what happened at Oberlin College a few months ago.

The Left is desperate and very dangerous, folks. Take nothing at face-value.
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As a student of UVA, I can honestly say I've never encountered intolerance or racism and to accuse students/faculty/staff/adminis tration of allowing this to go on is absurd. You can't accuse everyone for the ignorant actions of one.
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Your government is the biggest racist of all. No real opportunities for minorities, only handouts. The Tea Party is for opportunity for all, free from government interference.
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Teri wrote:
I would bet good money that it was done by someone having no connections to UVA at all. Just a coward trying to cause harm.
It's probably some teenagers who thought it would be funny.
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I bet you that these "offended" politically correct groups probably did this to raise controversy and keep all these race issues flying around!
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Betcha wrote:
I bet you that these "offended" politically correct groups probably did this to raise controversy and keep all these race issues flying around!
Wouldn't be the first time... Recall the University professor who had the noose tied to his door? Yeah, turns out he did that himself..
http://abcnews.go.com/US/BlackHistory/story...
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Siezure Salad wrote:
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Wouldn't be the first time... Recall the University professor who had the noose tied to his door? Yeah, turns out he did that himself..
http://abcnews.go.com/US/BlackHistory/story...
Or the incident a couple years ago where a black student accused two UVA Officers of using excessive force on him and profiling only to admit later that he made it all up.
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this is truly sad, i cant believe the new artwork was covered up. That is the very definition of discrimination. thanks for reading,
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uva drunks, I know it! They love to start crap when they get drunk on their three beer binder!
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I don't understand how the reporter can, in good conscience, suggest that one word on one bridge can undermine all of UVA's efforts in race relations.
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Are we sure that the slur and drawing were done by a UVA student or other member of the university? The bridge is part of a public road, not university property. Even though UVA students are the typical ones to paint the bridge, it would be easy enough for someone outside of UVA to do it.

This doesn't mean that the slur is any less hateful or offensive, but it might mean that the university itself doesn't have to do soul searching and feel guilt and blame for it.
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Who gives a crap about what the BSA thinks 29?!

I really dislike groups that use race in their name to segregate themselves from the rest of society. I don't think they should have any input on this story even if the graffiti was directed against one race in particular. My experiences with the BSA stem from being in a somewhat long term relationship with a black student at UVA. The BSA was overtly against her dating dating people outside of her race and members as much even said so to her (not in my presence). She was also lambasted for belonging to a predominantly white sorority by them. I know that there was more than likely racism and disapproval for our relationship among some of the white students we were acquainted with with but I never saw it outright like I did whenever I met someone who was affiliated with the BSA. I hope before I die I see social groups no longer self segregating themselves because they have a different skin color or other physical characteristics.
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RWALL wrote:
As a student of UVA, I can honestly say I've never encountered intolerance or racism and to accuse students/faculty/staff/adminis tration of allowing this to go on is absurd. You can't accuse everyone for the ignorant actions of one.
They didn't. Did you read the statement in the link?
"We are confident this call is already being answered; because today, thousands of Wahoos reacted to hatred by a cowardly few not with hatred of their own, but with conviction, with constructive conversation, and with steadfast dedication to a community that opens its arms to people of all kinds."
lol with the comments that a black did it, typical southerner response.
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@huck: "Typical southerner response"? First, learn to spell or use spellcheck. Second, your comment is the very definition of ironic. Your ignorant streotyping is showing!
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I don't understand how the reporter can, in good conscience, suggest that one word on one bridge can undermine all of UVA's efforts in race relations.
Just another racial profiteer, much like the probable offenders in this case.
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what does the white student alliance have to say?
ooo thats right there is no such thing....
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Henry Ford was a devout anti Semite and a fan of Hitler. Evil comes in all shapes and forms. Making a fuss only adds gas.

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One more thought....

This wouldn't have anything to do with the upcoming City Council Vote on the Human Rights Commission would it????
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How can you attach the opinions of one person to that of an entire organization?! unless the organization as whole expressed disapproval of your relationship with said female, don't put that on their name. Im sure there were people on both ends of the spectrum both inside and outside of the organization.

Also, you may have a problem with organizations who "segregate" themselves, but those orgs have proven to be integral when it comes to speaking up for those who often do not have a voice, providing support for those who really need it, and serving as a space where individuals of similar backgrounds, cultures, interests, and upbringings can come together periodically. The African American enrollment rate at UVa is currently 6.5%, down from almost 13% in the 1990s, and black have been admitted for only a little over 50 years now. As the statement said, it is no secret that there has been a long history of racial tension at the university, and for you to suggest that there is no need for a BSA, suggests that you are perpetuating this "post-racial" ideology that seems to be prevalent at UVa. Furthermore, BSA does not "segregate" themselves from anyone, the same way that members of Student Council do not segregate themselves from others. For many students, it is an extra curricular club for which they spend 1-2 hours/week associated with. Otherwise, I would imagine that they spend the rest of their time in the classroom, at home, in office hours...just like everyone else... Do members of traditionally white sororities and fraternities not "segregate" themselves? Everyone tends to flock to and stay with their own kind, INCLUDING yourself. It's human nature. Don't rag on them for doing it.
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Who gives a crap about what the BSA thinks 29?!
I really dislike groups that use race in their name to segregate themselves from the rest of society. I don't think they should have any input on this story even if the graffiti was directed against one race in particular. My experiences with the BSA stem from being in a somewhat long term relationship with a black student at UVA. The BSA was overtly against her dating dating people outside of her race and members as much even said so to her (not in my presence). She was also lambasted for belonging to a predominantly white sorority by them. I know that there was more than likely racism and disapproval for our relationship among some of the white students we were acquainted with with but I never saw it outright like I did whenever I met someone who was affiliated with the BSA. I hope before I die I see social groups no longer self segregating themselves because they have a different skin color or other physical characteristics.

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