Tuesday, March 7, 2017

'We will not tolerate intimidation,' HCC president says of white power fliers on Holyoke campus

Michelle Williams
March 06, 2017

A white supremacist group recently sought to spread awareness of their beliefs at Holyoke Community College, campus officials said Monday.

In a message to the campus community, president Christina Royal said that the "group appears to organize around a defense of white interests and opposition to diversity, affirmative action and multiculturalism."

"We will not tolerate intimidation or threats, however direct or oblique, to the dignity, humanity and safety of any person or group. We value the diversity of our college, community, and the world in which we live," Royals said. "The free exchange of ideas is central to the function of higher education and the functioning of our democracy. However, it demands open communication in an inclusive environment in which all persons are treated with respect."

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