Legion of Black Collegians host emergency town hall over racial slurs shouted at students

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COLUMBIA, MO (KTVI) - Some Mizzou students attending an emergency town hall meeting Wednesday say more needs to be done to address racism on campus.  The meeting was sponsored by the Legion of Black Collegians.  It was held following a verbal confrontation that escalated into racial slurs being used against black students.

That exchange has triggered a University investigation and has resulted in the suspension of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity.  Witnesses said the slurs came from members of the fraternity.

“It’s just tragic to hear about stuff like this happening,” said Jaylen Hudson, a student from St. Louis.

“There are people here that do harbor those feelings,” said student Richard Rycraw.  He attended the town hall meeting and said, “If we don’t address that, things like this could happen or worse.”

Rycraw said the problems on campus are reflective of problems across the country.

Reporters were not allowed inside Wednesday’s meeting, but people who did attend said there were frank discussions about the incident, and what can be done to prevent racism.

Student Sidne Fonville was one of the students inside the meeting.  She said unless those with racist attitudes participate in the dialogue, not much will change.

“We need them to have this dialogue, and not just people that think it’s a problem,” said Fonville.

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