President Morehead Speaks About Race Relations At UGA

UGA President Jere Morehead said Wednesday that it’s taken years of work to make UGA a safe campus environment for all races and ethnicities.

Morehead says that he hopes one Facebook post won’t tear it all down.

Today, he discussed just that.

“I certainly said that we shouldn’t let the hateful actions of a few individuals or entities drive a wedge in our campus community,” said Morehead.

According to Caroline Bailey, Black Affairs Council President, that wedge definitely exists.

“Our ultimate goal is to make the climate on campus–which is already divided, or wedged as [Morehead] calls it–become closed,” said Bailey.

As far as catching the perpetrator goes, there isn’t much UGA can do at this point.

“Until we know who it is, there wouldn’t be a student conduct violation,” said Morehead, who explained that they can’t know for sure whether or not a UGA student wrote the offensive posts.

But to Bailey, it’s about more than that.

“If there’s come major disciplinary action done to this person, [that’s] cool…but that’s not what we want people to get out of this,” said Bailey.

According to UGA Police Chief Jimmy Williamson, there’s about a 50% chance of catching the perpetrator in a case like this.

 NOTE: Morehead also said today that the search should for a new provost is almost done, and should be completed by the end of the semester.

It could be 50 years worth of work, broken by a wedge, and police say they may never catch the person.

 

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