Fliers posted around campus have students at the University of Michigan outraged.
Numerous flyers were found posted in buildings on the school’s Ann Arbor campus with racist messages like ‘Why White Women Shouldn’t Date Black Men’ with another calling for “Euro-Americans” to stop denying their heritage and “be white.”
Hey y'all. This is currently what's being passed around and posted here on campus smh pic.twitter.com/Nb2DMJov2A— #BBUM (@THEBSU) September 26, 2016
Images of the fliers have gone viral and University of Michigan president Mark Schlissel along with other members of the administration have condemned the fliers saying, “Messages of racial, ethnic or religious discrimination have no place at the University of Michigan.”
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“Targeted attacks against groups of people serve only to tear apart our university community. While we continue to defend any individual’s right to free speech on our campus, these types of attacks directed toward any individual or group, based on a belief or characteristic, are inconsistent with the university’s values of respect, civility and equality. We also have a responsibility to create a learning environment that is free of harassment. These are core values and guiding principles that will help us as we strive to live up to our highest ideals.”
Administrators have urged students to report incidents of racism to the university’s bias response team and on Monday the Central Student Government issued a statement addressing the fliers, writing, “The University of Michigan prides itself on being the “Leaders and Best.” Today, however, that mantra felt especially hollow, as our University community awoke to find racist posters in several locations across campus. As a result, Black students at this university are hurting— and this must matter to all of us.”
School administrators have assured students that acts like these will not be tolerated and that the school community is united against racism. “We stand together against hate and we all must work together toward deeper understanding.”