UI leaders: No room for 'hate-fueled violence' here

UI leaders: No room for 'hate-fueled violence' here

URBANA — Top University of Illinois administrators are weighing in on the violence in Charlottesville, Va., condemning racial supremacy and "hate-fueled violence" and committing to "peaceful and effective ways to debate, discuss and argue about divisive issues here at home."

"We will be defined as a university and a community by how we conduct ourselves in moments like this," Chancellor Robert Jones said in a statement sent to incoming students Thursday morning.

A similar statement issued Wednesday evening by President Tim Killeen and the chancellors of the UI campuses in Urbana, Chicago and Springfield cited the "human toll" of bigotry and hate left unchallenged.

"These ideologies are absolutely contrary to what the University of Illinois System is and what it represents," Killeen wrote.

Jones statement

Here is the statement to the Urbana campus from Chancellor Robert Jones and his senior staff:

"The week before we welcome our faculty, staff and students back for a new academic year should be a time of anticipation and optimism here at Illinois, but that enthusiasm is tempered by the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, that began with anger and ended in death. Episodes like these remind us of the real human costs of hate, racial bigotry and violence masquerading as civil discourse.

"Nighttime, torch-bearing parades and displays of Nazi flags and paraphernalia can only be meant to intimidate, threaten and antagonize. These are the same symbols used just a few generations ago by a movement that murdered millions of people based on their race, sexual orientation, religion, and ideology.

"The First Amendment assures the right of free speech. But some speech must be condemned as an affront to our values. We cannot afford to ignore the violence such speech produces nor the damage it does to individuals and communities. We adamantly reject the idea of racial supremacy, and we extend our deep sympathy and wishes for healing to the community of Charlottesville.

"At the same time, we must take this opportunity to commit ourselves as members of the Illinois community to finding peaceful and effective ways to debate, discuss and argue about divisive issues here at home. We will be defined as a university and a community by how we conduct ourselves in moments like this.

"Intolerance, racism, and violence are destructive to any democratic society, and they will never be condoned here at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign."

Killeen statement

Here is the text of Wednesday's statement from Killeen:

“The lens of history gives us many reminders of the massive human toll taken when hatred and bigotry rear their ugly heads and go unchallenged, or — through wicked intimidation – infect and persist within society. The same history, however, also gives us many examples of heroic and principled efforts to build and sustain human progress — achieved through the inspiring bravery and resolve of many in generations before. A recent visit to the American cemetery near Omaha Beach brought this home to one of us very recently.

“Over the weekend, hate-fueled violence initiated and carried out by modern-day representatives of groups associated with the evil ideas of white supremacy, KKK, neo-Nazism and anti-Semitism led to the horrible events that we witnessed. It compounded the shock that these events were deliberately staged on and near a beautiful peer university campus in Charlottesville, Virginia — one devoted, as we are here, to diversity, inclusion, learning and scholarship. 

“It is precisely because we have the wonderful privilege of freedom of expression in this country that we need to speak out in complete unanimity and in utter condemnation of this hatred and bigotry. These ideologies are absolutely contrary to what the University of Illinois System is and what it represents. In particular, we want to let our new students, our returning students and all members of the university family know that you are ALL welcome and embraced here. The U of I System cannot and will not tolerate actions and ideologies of discrimination, bigotry and hate.

“Our universities stand with campuses and communities across the country that are stepping up in real time to help lead the way – condemning this awful behavior in any form. They and we also jointly reaffirm those bedrock values that promote a culture of understanding and respect for all — no matter what color, race, ancestry, age, interests, sexual orientation, LGBTQ status, religion, disability status, national origin, immigration status or gender.

“On behalf of the U of I System, our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Charlottesville and our friends at the University of Virginia.”

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BruckJr wrote on August 17, 2017 at 2:08 pm

Is this is the same university system that formerly employed Bill Ayers of the Weather Underground and currently employs James Kilgore of the SLA?  Did these fine administrators issues similar statements after the Black Lives Matter riots in Milwaukee?  After the Black Lives Matter riots in Baltimore?  After the Black Lives Matter riots in Ferguson?

Sid Saltfork wrote on August 17, 2017 at 3:08 pm

The statement was in regard to now, and the future; not the past.  The "administrators" did not make Black Lives Matter statements of support.  You did though.  You are attempting to muddy the water with your defense of Nazis. 

Don't forget to wear your Trump cap in public.  Show everyone that Trump has your support.

Notsoaveragejoe wrote on August 18, 2017 at 1:08 pm

My original posting was removed. Interesting. I guess free speech and opinion is only tolerated when it fits certain parameters. How do we grow if we can't exchange differences of opinion and challenge certain belief systems? I'm disappointed, News Gazette. 

Sid - If I understand Bruck, the email sent from campus brass clearly suggests that the actions in VA were caused by Nazis, KKK members and other white supremacy / hate groups - this opinion aligns closely to the very left leaning stance the media is also taking. However, many of us are of the opinion that there were other instigators and troublemakers also in VA, including BLM, that no doubt contributed to the violence.

Also in my original posting, a democratric black female state senator in Missouri posted that Trump should be assassinated. How is this not a form of hate?  Interesting that this story has not been shown on CNN, MSN, Yahoo or other liberal leaning outlets.

I'm all for inclusivity and ultimately for peace, but I don't respect emails like the one sent by U of I leadership that provides a biased and myopic perspective.


Sid Saltfork wrote on August 18, 2017 at 2:08 pm

I understand your view.  Since the BLM made up primarily of Afro-Americans showed up, and fought the Nazis, KKK, and white supremetists; you think that the news coverage was not honest.  Like you said: the "liberal leaning outlets".  You did not care for the U of I's response since it was biased.  Yes, it was biased based on marching Nazis, and KKK trash.  Your view is Trump's view also.

Based on your, or "many of us" view toward the incident, you sound like a facist.  There should be no room in America for Nazis.  They should be photographed with the photos published instead of beaten.

Aw.. the heck with it.  Photo them, and beat them to a pulp.  Make them run, and hide.  Raid their "secret" camps.  Confiscate their guns.  Declare them traitors to the U. S. which had to beat them in war.  If the knuckle draggers want to defend them, consider them traitors also.

wykhb wrote on August 23, 2017 at 11:08 am

Based on your constant "everyone is a KKK Nazi Trump supporter" view toward anyone who questions bad behavior, you obviously support the Antifa terrorists and  BLM Communists.  

Beat them to a pulp, confiscate their guns, only people we like are allowed to speak, and they are only allowed to say what we want them to.  What's next Sid, will they have to wear badges, want to throw them out of their homes, maybe put them in boxcars for a trip to special compounds for their own protection?   Gonna join Antifa in fighting the wealthy corporations, smash windows of the wealthy, Kristallnacht?   

Who exactly is going to do all that for you?  Oh right, a bunch of mask wearing jack booted violent thugs, got it.  

BruckJr wrote on August 17, 2017 at 4:08 pm

It seems that Jones is no novice in calling out bigotry and hate:


...even where none exists:


Sid Saltfork wrote on August 18, 2017 at 1:08 pm

What message should the U of I send out?  Nazi marches welcome?  Students can wear their sheets with masks to class? 

You are hung up with the Left versus Right rhetoric.  Wear your Trump cap backwards in public now that the majority of citizens are outraged with your Leader (English version).

"Come here my friend, come here my friend, and we wil march together in......." Trumpite fellowship.

The Gipper wrote on August 18, 2017 at 8:08 pm

Where were the UI bigwigs and the MSM when Obama had the BLM terrorists over to the White House for a visit? We heard crickets. Where were the BLM bigwigs and MSM when Antifa showed up at many locations previously, masked and with weapons, and beat others bloody? We heard crickets,

Because Trump made the simple, and true, statement that both sides were responsible for violence, he is somehow supportive of the KKK and such? What garbage.

How about we start teaching and talking about true history:

Party of slavery-Democrat Party

Origin of the KKK-Democrat Party

Party that for decades refused to have anti-lynching  in their platform-Democrat

Party that supported segregation-Democrat

Party that kept blacks from integrating into public schools-Democrat

Party that on their own could not pass civil rights legislation, even though they were the majority-Democrat.

Who is the real party of hate and purveyors of violence?  The answer is clear.

Bulldogmojo wrote on August 23, 2017 at 4:08 pm


You've done an excellent job describing the Dixiecrats and that's all you've really done here. It's funny how conservatives call for civil war and when a snowflake starts to shoot back you suddenly have idiots like Rodney Davis say "something needs to be done about this"...I guess he meant gun violence that happens just near him.

Your claim of BLM as a terrorist organization is laughable, Heather Heyer's mother and even the FBI will explain to you what the real terrorism problem is in this country.

While your whining like a baby about people seeking equality the Next Dylann Roof and Timothy McVeigh plot and wait for their moment to bring carnage to Americans. Don't crawl away from your own bigotry like a feral dog now, stick with it, you're really going places.

cjw61822@hotmail.com wrote on August 22, 2017 at 9:08 am

Renee Romano did her best to stifle dialogue with groups she did not like   ( see her emails on the Chief).  She did her best to steer conversations in one ( hers ) direction.  It is better off that she is no longer at the U of I.