Arizona college denounces ‘Whiteness’-fueled hate speech

TEMPE, Ariz. — After months of silence, Arizona State University is condemning recent activity by white nationalists and “hate preachers” who were responding, in part, to a new class on the “Problem of Whiteness.”

James Rund, an ASU administrator who oversees student services at all four university campuses, issued a statement with Jake Bennett, director of the Anti-Defamation League in Arizona, as well as representatives from ASU Undergraduate Student Government, ASU Police, Hillel ASU, Tempe Interfaith and almost 20 other co-signers.

“There have been a series of hate speech incidents over recent weeks in Tempe and Mesa, orchestrated by Neo-Nazi groups and hate preachers,” the statement begins. “Some of the incidents included anti-black, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBT and anti-Muslim speech and intimidation. This behavior and these sentiments do not reflect the values of our community”…

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