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Boulder student at center of race controversy says the city government’s concern is ‘for the sake of appearance only’

BOULDER, Colo. — A forum addressing racism by the Boulder City Council is a start at bringing the community together, but not enough to solve the city’s problems, said a student at the center of a controversy that’s now garnered national attention.

According to a news release earlier this month, a Boulder police officer saw a man, now identified as Naropa University student Zayd Atkinson, sitting in a partially enclosed patio area directly behind a ‘Private Property’ sign and spoke to him to find out if he was allowed on the property.

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