Black history month posters covered by Hitler ones on campus - WSMV News 4

Black History Month posters covered by Hitler ones on UTC campus

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP/WSMV) - The University of Tennessee's president says vandals at the Chattanooga campus have tried to cover up posters for black history month with ones referencing Adolf Hitler.

In a statement Thursday, University of Tennessee system President Joe DiPietro says there's no place for hate, racism and violence at the university's campuses or facilities. He also said the university respects and upholds free speech rights, which history has shown can include ignorant, repulsive speech.

“It’s no secret that we are living in a polarized, turbulent time in American life, and college campuses are not immune," DiPietro's statement began. "In the last 12 months, alone, news accounts have documented multiple instances of extremist groups seeking to demonstrate or speak at universities."


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“The ugly reality is, extremist groups are actively organizing, targeting colleges and universities in an attempt to be heard and to grow their ranks," he continues. "Hate groups also target some universities on the basis of their principles of inclusion and commitment to free speech."

He says the Hitler posters were removed because the vandals whoever put them up failed to get a permit to be active on campus.

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