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Editorial

Hateful words expose lack of inclusiveness

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October 7, 2010

The hateful words written in chalk Wednesday against homosexuals were a sad reminder of the hostility towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning individuals who remain on campus despite attempts to foster diversity and inclusiveness.

Not only is such an action horribly disrespectful and hateful, but it interferes with the students’ ability to feel as though they are in a safe learning environment.

While the Student Voice respects individuals’ rights to free speech, to insinuate that a person should commit suicide for any reason — let alone because of their sexual orientation — is a horrendous act and paints a picture of a university that is no more diverse or inclusive than the KKK.

We encourage UW-River Falls not to be disheartened in its continued efforts to raise awareness of diversity and inclusiveness; recent incidents inspire further action.

We extend our support to members of the LGBTQ community and hope that one day people of all types can feel safe and accepted on this campus, even if today is not that day.