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UW-Platteville dealing with hate crime spree

UW-Platteville students and community members are dealing with two dozen hate crimes reported since the beginning of the fall semester. Brittany Dupree is the President of UW Platteville's Black Student Union. She says the crimes have ranged from...

UW-Platteville students and community members are dealing with two dozen hate crimes reported since the beginning of the fall semester.

Brittany Dupree is the President of UW Platteville's Black Student Union. She says the crimes have ranged from racist graffiti to slurs and insults shouted out of moving vehicles. Dupree says she and other African American students at UW-Platteville fear for their safety.

"You're trying to focus on your work and you're trying to go to class, and try to better yourself, and you have this particular group you know that's targeting you, that doesn't want to be here."

Michael Viney is UW-Platteville's assistant chancellor for student affairs. Viney says the university has a bias team that helps counsel victims, and discuss with community members what can be done to help make sure such incidents don't happen again.

Viney says UW-Platteville isn't the only UW campus seeing an increase in hate crimes. UW-Whitewater has set up a reward fund for information on three incidents that happened in the last two months. Viney says he has talked to his UW peers about what seems to be an upswing against people of color and gay, lesbian and transgender students.

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"Look at what's happening across the country, there seems to be a general surge of people being angry about all kinds of things," says Viney. "So, we can't put a finger on it and say this is the cause, if we could we obviously would address that cause of that problem and hopefully have a solution."

The Black Student Union's Britney Dupree hopes to increase awareness and tolerance of multiculturalism in the Platteville community.

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