Commission to Study Possible Hate Speech Codes at the University of North Carolina

Racist graffiti targeting Barack Obama was written on a wall at North Carolina State University. The graffiti called for shooting “the nigger in the head.” As a result, Erskine Bowles, president of the University of North Carolina System, has formed a commission that will determine if a new hate speech code should be implemented. Currently, there are no hate speech codes on University of North Carolina campuses.

The commission will be headed by Harold L. Martin Sr., a senior vice president for academic affairs of the university system. In addition to making recommendations on whether codes against hate speech are warranted, the commission will also study whether mandatory diversity training should be implemented during freshman orientation programs.