The Butler Collegian editorial board discusses the three instances of hate speech on and around our campus.
Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a hate crime legislation bill to consider victims’ real or perceived attributes. However, legislators and community members disagree on whether it provides more protection for victims, such as groups targeted by hate incidents on campus.
Two weeks ago, vandalism including a homophobic slur along with another inappropriate word and image was spray painted in front of the Delta Tau Delta house near campus. After this recent act of vandalism, the conversation of hate speech continues to affect campus, specifically Butler’s LGBTQ+ community.
Over the weekend of March 1-3, the words “white power” appeared on a whiteboard in the Atherton Union student lounge near the Efroymson Diversity Center.