ERIC Number: ED327627
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Oct
Bigotry and Violence on American College Campuses.
Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
This document contains testimony presented at a briefing on bigotry and violence on college campuses in the United States. Eight witnesses, including college educators and students, presented information about the extent and causes of, and possible solutions to, the apparent increase in the number of incidents. Panelists varied slightly in their perception of which group or groups are the primary victims of campus bigotry, but all agreed that a serious problem existed. They differed in their interpretation of how bigotry is expressed, varying from open harassment of minority group members to insensitivity resulting in strained racial relations. Although the number of incidents and "alerts" (i.e., formal notifications of tensions or conflicts) reported to various public and private agencies has increased significantly over the past five years, panelists were divided as to the reasons for the increase. The following causes of campus bigotry were cited: (1) deficiencies on college campuses that exacerbate existing tensions; (2) society's failure to keep up with change; (3) competition for limited resources; and (4) extremist speakers. Recommendations for improvement fell into the following categories: (1) on-campus and off-campus resources; (2) multicultural training; (3) federal support and involvement; and (4) the dilemma of balancing free speech with restrictions on inflammatory speech. A list of 16 papers presented at the briefing is appended. (FMW)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.