NAACP wants harsh punishment for graffiti

December 26, 2008 7:16:04 AM PST
The head of the state NAACP is calling for harsh punishment for the NC State student who allegedly wrote racial and threatening graffiti about President-elect Barack Obama. Wednesday's meeting between the NAACP, NC State Chancellor James Oblinger and students lasted about an hour-and-a-half.

NC NAACP President Rev. William Barber brought a list of demands to the table. He wants an official response within 48 hours. Oblinger says both sides have agreed to move forward.

He said the university won't name four students responsible for racist graffiti sprayed on the school's free expression wall after Barack Obama won the presidential election.

"But the students said even if there are Federal laws that prohibit them from knowing who they are, they should not be allowed on this campus," Barber said. "And we of the NAACP agree that they should be expelled."

The Secret Service investigated the incident, which included a racial slur.

Agents determined it was not a credible threat against the president elect. The group that met Tuesday disagrees.

"And, it is a race based threat of violence against his supporters," said Al McSurely, NAACP attorney. "Students in the meeting today said they were afraid to wear their Obama buttons and celebrate the next day, because of these threats."

Chancellor Oblinger would not reveal detail about the discussion, but said, "I believe we had a very positive meeting. I think both sides have a very good understanding of the situation from each other's perspective,and we agreed to move forward."

That sounded promising to one student who attended.

"I feel the administration now has a grasp of what the students are saying," student Geoffrey Hunter said. "They understand that many students are afraid, but I feel like they're more than willing to work toward a solution."

But, it may not be enough for everyone who attended.

Officials have said the unidentified students won't face criminal charges because the writing wasn't a hate crime since it was written on a wall where free speech is encouraged.


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