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Chancellor Beverly Davenport said in an open letter posted to the her website on February 7 that racism is not welcome on campus and neither is a white supremacist group that’s made plans to hold an event there.

The message on our Rock yesterday imploring white supremacists to “stay out” captures our collective sentiment. We do not want them here. But they appear intent on coming. We don’t, however, have to give them an audience or the attention they seek.

Several media outlets reported on the posting, including WATE, Feb. 7; WVLT, Feb. 7; WATE, Feb. 8; News Sentinel, Rachel Ohm, Feb. 8; CBS News, Feb. 9; and National Communication Association, Clint Graves, Feb. 26.