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Harmful social media posts sparks university response

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 "If you ain't white, you ain't right."

"The only good black person is a dead one."

These are just some of the hateful messages posted on the social media app Yik Yak.

University of Northern Iowa's president Bill Ruud sent a message to students last week, apologizing, and calling for a "day of solidarity."

"It's just a time for faculty and students to come together and say 'we can do better as a university,'" junior Sarah Hanson said.

Some students gathered Wednesday to preview their personal experiences with the app, they'll share those stories with the larger student body Thursday. 

One student says he couldn't believe some of the stories he heard.

"A lot of them I read are too racist and inappropriate to say, it's something I can say that at UNI we all don't believe those thoughts, and we are all UNI," said senior Sean Ford.

"Standing and saying we can do better is a really good start. It won't be an end, but it's a really good start," Hansen said.

Students and faculty will gather in front of Maucker Union at noon on Thursday, November 6.

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