Alt-Right-branded fliers explaining “Why White Women Shouldn’t Date Black Men,”were found at colleges in Texas, Oklahoma, Indiana and Michigan.
By Sheryl Estrada
Racist fliers were discoveredatseveral college campusesthis week outlining “Why White Women Shouldn’t Date Black Men.”
The fliers, whichfeature photos of white women next to photos of Black men andlist variousracist claims, were discovered at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas,Indiana UniversityPurdue University Indianapolis and the University of Oklahoma, according to the Associated Press. InSeptember, the fliers were also found at the University of Michigan.
Among the racist claims, the flier states Black men are not intelligent and Blacks “are more likely to commit every type of violent crime than whites.” Itsalso states Black men are abusive and commit sexual assault.
Photo by Olivia Nguyen from The Daily Campus.
According to The Daily Campus, SMU’s student newspaper, “a watermark on the bottom-right corner of the flier may indicate it was originally published by the alt-right.”
The alt-right movement played a pivotal role in the campaign of President-elect Donald Trump. Breitbart Chairman Stephen Bannon, who is considered by many to be a leader in the white supremacist alt-right movement, was Trump’s campaign CEO. The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has stated that Bannon is a member of a white nationalist hate group.
On Sunday, the same day the fliers were found on SMU’s campus, Trump appointed Bannon to serve as his chief strategist and senior counselor a decision that was widely rebuked by moderate Republicans, Democrats and civil rights organizations.
Outgoing Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid called on the president-elect to immediately rescind Bannon’s appointment. Reid said on Tuesday that Trump has only “deepened the country’s divisions since his electoral victory.”
SMU President R. Gerald Turner issued a statement on Wednesday in regard to the fliers, calling for the entire community to discourage and eliminate such “unacceptable behavior.”
The statement said, in part:
“Recent fliers, identical to those showing up on other campuses nationally, were posted in one of our Commons and in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, in addition to isolated instances of uncivil, racist, and sexist comments made in hateful, arrogant, and hurtful tones clearly communicate that there are among us a small number of individuals who do not want to live in a united, mutually respectful, campus community.
“Anyone committed to living a life of denigrating others in some misguided effort to elevate themselves should find another place to live. Such behavior is inconsistent with and violates the SMU Student Values Statement accepted by all entering students. I commend student leaders for organizing to eliminate such unacceptable behavior among their fellow students on our campus.”
A student was expelled from the University of Oklahoma on Tuesday following an FBI investigation of hate text messages sent to Black freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania.
UPenn President Amy Gutmann participated in a faculty-organized solidarity march against discrimination Wednesday night on campus. Alumni created aChange.org petitioncalling on “President-Elect and Wharton alumnus Donald Trump to break his disturbing silence on this issue, and to follow through on his declaration that the nation must come together by making a full-throated condemnation of these hate crimes and all hate speech.”
As of November 14, the SPLC has collected 437 reports of hate and intimidation incidents just since the election. Many of the incidents have occurred on college campuses across the country.