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Wednesday, March 26, 2003

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Western walls -- a distrubing trend

Re: "Out of bathroom stalls and into public debate," Mar. 13

To the Editor:

After having read the coverage by The Gazette of what was being written on walls around campus, I was extremely shocked and startled by the sexist, racist, and homophobic graffiti displayed on bathroom walls.

To some extent, these pictures were surprising, although I'm not exactly sure why, because we all know that this type of ignorance exists. However, what I find to be the most disturbing aspect of this is that we don't know who is responsible.

The cowardly individuals who wrote these disgraceful and hateful remarks walk among us everyday, sit beside us in class or stand next to us at the bus stop. On the outside, these individuals seem to be like the rest of us, but on the inside, they are filled with hate, disrespect, and disregard for human beings and that is what I find to be the most frightening. In addition, despite your editorial, I am unclear as to the exact position The Gazette staff takes on this situation.

I agree that this type of social issue should be publicly addressed, however, what, if any, action is being taken to decrease or eliminate these public displays of hatred? My intention is not to criticize The Gazette staff, as this article was very informative and opened my eyes to the obvious issues of sexism, racism, and homophobia which surround the campus.

I simply question the intentions of the article and what it is attempting to demonstrate or prove. Clearly, there isn't a simple answer to this problematic issue, however, we should not stand idly by while this type of hatred occurs.

Julia Black
Political Science I

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