Iowa condemns 'offensive' flyers protesting anti-white racism
- The University of Iowa is investigating a series of “offensive” flyers that popped up around campus, including one that asked, “Are you sick of anti-white propaganda in college?”
- A second round of flyers appeared in a residence hall over the weekend featuring an image of two white people with the caption "We have a right to exist."
- The university condemned the "deeply offensive" flyers in an official statement, and is urging anyone with information about the posters to submit a report to campus police.
The University of Iowa is investigating a series of “offensive” flyers that popped up around campus, including one that asked, “Are you sick of anti-white propaganda in college?”
The flyers were first discovered on October 10, pasted over Hillary Clinton campaign signs near the Latino Native American Cultural Center, LGBTQ Resource Center, and Afro-American Cultural Center, KCRG reports, and a second round of similar messages subsequently appeared in a residence hall this past Sunday.
“Are you sick of anti-white propaganda in college? You are not alone,” the original iteration of the flyer states, followed by a link to TheRightStuff.biz, a “cultural and social blog” that refers to itself as the “edgy right-wing.”
A second flyer found at the University of Iowa shows the faces of two white people, with the caption, “We have a right to exist.”
The university released a statement calling the flyers “deeply offensive,” declaring that they “do not represent the values of our institution” and providing a list of resources for anyone seeking “help” or counseling because of them.
“The University of Iowa is committed to maintaining an environment that promotes the robust exchange of ideas,” the statement reads. “We are equally committed to maintaining an environment that recognizes the inherent worth and dignity of every person and that fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect.”
The university has encouraged students to report any relevant information to “Hawk Watch,” a new app used to report suspicious activity on campus to the university police department.
“That’s a great way to take a picture of flyers if you see them, and send it into the police, and they have an open investigation on that,” an unidentified woman told KCRG.
The university also promised resources for community members who were “seeking help” over the incident, providing contact information University Counseling Services and the Center for Diversity and Enrichment, among others.
One student, Alantrah Wright, told KCRG that she is trying to keep an open mind about the incident.
“You just can’t blame every white person you see from now on, and...you just have to, if you want, try and make a social change,” she proclaimed.
UPDATE: The Right Stuff denied responsibility for the flyers, but told Campus Reform that the organization does generally agree with the sentiments expressed, predicting that such materials will continue appearing on campuses with increasing frequency.
"We did not organize this campaign, but we don't disavow it and expect that other such campaigns will happen in the future," the group said in a statement. "In fact, they will probably continue to happen as long as campuses declares themselves as openly hostile spaces for white students."
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