School tears down controversial black Santa display after public outcry

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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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