Racist comments, pornography disrupt college diversity panel

Published 10:19 am Friday, October 2, 2020

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KNOXVILLE (AP) — Racist comments and pornographic images disrupted a virtual panel discussion at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, during its annual Diversity and Inclusion Week, College of Communication and Information Dean Mike Wirth said.
The interruption came near the end of a panel called “Women as Change Agents,” Wirth said. Featured speakers included Carlotta Walls LaNier, one of the Little Rock Nine who integrated Little Rock Central High School in the 1950s.
Wirth said there were around 100 students participating Wednesday when the panel was interrupted by unknown people.
“All of a sudden we heard the F-word and the N-word. That got repeated a couple of times. Then they inserted a horrible video,” Wirth said.
Wirth said he sent an email to all participants apologizing for the disruption and letting them know that the school has upgraded its security so it won’t happen again.
“It’s unfortunate this has to happen,” he said. “That idiots have to interrupt what’s been a great week.”

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