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Issues & Ideas: A Cal Poly professor reflects on racism on campus

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Dr. Neal MacDougall in his office at Cal Poly.

Racially-inflammatory behavior at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo has become a focal point over the past week and a half, stemming from an incident regarding a student wearing blackface at a campus fraternity party.

On Tuesday Cal Poly's president announced that he was suspending all Greek life on campus - indefinitely. That affects all official activities of fraternities and sororities. The administration also hired a campus diversity specialist, enacted new diversity initiatives, and touted some that are already in place. 

But coinciding with this announcement, apparent white supremacist propaganda is showing up around campus. One such instance was found by a Cal Poly professor Tuesday.

Neal MacDougall is an Associate Professor of Agribusiness at Cal Poly. He had placed posters promoting diversity on the bulletin board in front of his office. An unknown person or persons slashed those posters and placed racially charged material on the bulletin board. MacDougall publicly posted photos of that material on his Facebook page.

Cal Poly's president, Jeffery Armstrong, has said he doesn't believe Cal Poly has a racist culture. KCBX News sat down with MacDougall this morning to talk about what kind of culture images like these represent.

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