Ku Klux Klan demands equal rights at university

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ A closed-door campus meeting was scheduled for Tuesday to address the University of Louisville’s response to student groups’ demands after the Ku Klux Klan distributed fliers on campus.

Student groups have called on University President James Ramsey to ban the Klan from campus and to sever the university’s broadcasting contract with WHAS-AM.

Student critics say a WHAS talk-show host helped lay the groundwork for the Klan’s presence on campus by comparing the racial views of African-American rapper Sister Souljah to the Klan’s.

Souljah gave a diversity lecture on campus, and a Klan group has demanded that the university allow its leader to speak to students and get paid the same amount as Souljah, $11,000.

The meeting, scheduled for 2:30 p.m., is open only to students, faculty and staff, who will need an identification card to attend, said spokeswoman Rae Goldsmith.

Goldsmith said Ramsey will discuss “steps we are going to take to deal with the presence of hate groups on campus” and the university’s relationship with WHAS.

The WHAS talk-show host in question, Francene Cucinello, has said her comparison between Souljah and the Klan was a fair one. “I said hate speech is hate speech,” she said.

Other demands made by students include increased diversity training at the university and improved safety measures for students concerned about racial violence.