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WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE FROM UNCW) —

Dear Campus Community,

Below you will see a statement my office is releasing regarding a regrettable incident that was reported on our campus yesterday afternoon. You will likely see media coverage of the incident this evening and beyond, and we hope such coverage will bring about continued dialogue on this and related issues. Hateful actions like the one reported yesterday will simply not be tolerated on this campus. I applaud UNCW student Brent Campbell for coming forward to share his experience and encourage all of you to do the same if ever you’re faced with similarly vitriolic circumstances. In this environment where we so strongly promote diversity, respect and student safety and well-being, this is a very upsetting development indeed — and one we’re not taking lightly.

“I have been made aware of a deplorable racial incident that was reported on our campus this past Monday afternoon involving one of our African-American students. It came to our attention today that Brent Campbell, a rising senior and captain of the UNCW men’s track team, was training on the Intramural fields at around 3pm in front of New Hanover gym when a blue pickup truck with 5 white male individuals drove past him several times and made derogatory racial comments. Simply put, UNCW will not tolerate incidents of this nature, by students, staff or visitors, and our police department is investigating accordingly. We have spoken to Brent to express our outrage that he endured this horrific experience. While it’s unconscionable that such hatefulness exists anywhere, it’s particularly upsetting that this occurred on the UNCW campus, where we strive to foster examination and action around diversity, respect, and issues of race and culture at every opportunity. This is just such an opportunity, and we are grateful that Brent has responded with such grace and openness so as to continue the important dialogue about race relations in Wilmington and beyond.”

Gary L. Miller
Chancellor

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  • bill Puka

    Brent,

    How in the world did anyone this age turn out to be so mature, understanding, constructive and who knows what else? My mouth fell open hearing your responses, Brent, on a TV newscast. One of the strongest arguments I’ve ever heard for religion in my life. One of the most exemplary attitudes I’ve come across in years of studying moral exemplars.

    If you ever find yourself needing anything I can provide, please don;t hesitate to call.

    Bill

  • Marli

    There are actually two eye witnesses to confirm Brent’s story. But I think the real issue is, why would we automatically assume that it is false? What would Brent stand to gain from all this media attention? His only message is one of forgiveness and the love of Jesus. I think as white people we do not wish to believe that this type of racial evil takes place. Coming to that conclusion can make us feel guilty, ashamed, and angry that our own people have historically and presently continued in these terrible acts. Regardless of what we may or may not have suffered as white people, black people have been consistently, systematically, and historically persecuted for their race. It is not only individuals who sometimes act in racist ways towards black people, as some of you have shared you have experienced as a white people, It is centuries of not only individual racism but systematic racism. Meaning whole institutions, government policies, and cultural norms all work together to tell black people that being white is the only right way to be. And if any of you took the time to participate in a black community and genuinely get to know them, you would only begin to gain an understanding of the countless racial injustices that black people experience their entire lives. Please take the time to read Brent’s account of the story for yourself.

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