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UT Rock Covered in Racist Messages

The 97.5-ton rock that's often painted by students at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville was covered by an anti-Semetic message on 9/11. Chancellor Donde Plowman condemned the message in a statement yesterday.

"Last night, someone covered that message of love with an anti-Semitic hate message," Plowman said. "We condemn that hate aimed toward members of our Jewish community, and we understand that words are not enough."

Chancellor Plowman invited a committee of student representatives and volunteers to gather next week to discuss accountability at the Rock.

Anti-Semestic messages have been painted on the Rock at least three times since last November.

In response to the hateful paintings in November, the school painted "Stronger Than Hate."

"We want to work together to create a movement around what we want to be," Plowman said. "I will start by meeting with members of our Jewish student community this morning. We will expand the conversation to all Vols so we can work together on an action plan and will share more in the coming days."

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