The word “nigger” was written in chalk on the sidewalk near the Nebraska Union building on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. A member of the student senate was also chastised for using the same racial epithet during a speech before the student government group.
The incidents prompted university chancellor Harvey Perlman to issue a statement which read in part, “We have experienced recent incidents of racial and ethnic intolerance and insensitivity — incidents that have brought pain to all of us who care about the university and the people who make it special, and particularly to those of us against whom they were addressed. . . . Racial epithets and racial impersonations are not acceptable anywhere but especially in an institution devoted to education and progress. I know we are not the only place where these actions have occurred. But I ask all of you to rise up and say, ‘Not here, not now.'”