Last January, it was reported in this space that the Black Student Union at the University of Minnesota (yes, there is a separate student union for blacks) had petitioned the school to strike any mention of the race of suspects in campus-related crime from crime alerts. At the time, it was noted that the administration was standing its ground.
Now a new report reveals the powers that be have caved. The university has said it will work to avoid mentioning the race of criminal suspects in email crime alerts in an effort to avoid offending minorities, The Minnesota Daily reported Thursday.
Federal law requires that schools give warnings about possible safety threats that exist on campus, including potentially dangerous, at-large criminal suspects. However, critics at Minnesota have complained that the school’s use of suspects’ race in its crime bulletins was creating a hostile or even unsafe environment for campus minorities.
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