School tears down controversial black Santa display after public outcry

Timothy Dionisopoulos
Former Reporter

Photo: Hoosier News Service.

Administrators at Indiana University-Bloomington (IU) tore down a controversial bulletin board display on Monday depicting a black Santa Claus after it caused a controversy on campus and social media. 

 “Can Santa Claus be a black man?,” asked the display, which included a cut out of an African American man dressed as Santa Claus playing a saxophone. 

WTHR reports the display in the Harper dormitory also asked “Would he only visit the ghetto,” Would you let him down your chimney,” and “Wouldn’t all the presents be stolen?”

The display was coordinated by CommUNITY Education Program, a campus effort to promote diversity.

School spokesman Mark Land told WTHR in a statement that "The aim of this was to start a discussion around racial stereotypes, and while the intent was good the execution was misguided."

"This program has a good record of fostering ?debate among students on important issues, but this effort missed the mark," he added.

IU is set to host a discussion about the display will be hosted tonight at 10:00 pm on campus in the Harper Dorm.

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Timothy Dionisopoulos

Timothy Dionisopoulos

Former Reporter
Tim Dionisopoulos is a former reporter for Campus Reform and communications editor in the Leadership Institute's Campus Leadership Program. Tim joined Campus Reform in the summer of 2011, and his stories were cited or re-posted on the Daily Mail, the Drudge Report, Fox News, and other national media outlets. Tim graduated in 2011 from Providence College in Rhode Island where he was politically active on campus and in the community.
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