College Republicans taunted with 'KKK' flyers in windows
- The first College Republicans meeting of the school year at Amherst College was disrupted by flyers taped to the windows of the meeting room accusing the conservative group of being affiliated with the KKK.
- "THIS IS OUR CAMPUS, NOT THE KLAN’S," the flyer's state above a clip art depiction of the black power salute.
The first Amherst College Republicans meeting of the year was targeted by flyers taped to the windows of the meeting space saying, “THIS IS OUR CAMPUS, NOT THE KLAN’S.”
The group claims on its Facebook page that “while the flyers are related to another incident on campus that happened September 5, the deliberate placement of the text facing the room where it was known an ACR meeting was occurring leads us to suppose this is an accusation of ACR being connected to the KKK.”
“ACR would like to thank these students for enlightening us to the fact that by failing to adhere to leftist ideology, we fall into the category of white supremacists!” the Facebook post continues. “But on a serious note, ACR condemns white supremacy, the KKK & related groups, etc. and we hope the Amherst community at large will not fall into making broad & grave generalizations about those who fall on the right of the political spectrum.”
“The perverse equation of Republicanism with white supremacy is now de riguer on the left. And nowhere is the lunacy of leftism more visible than at Amherst College, where a diversity of viewpoint and freedom of expression have long been vanquished.” Maximos Nikitas, an alumni and former Vice President of ACR told Campus Reform. “That a virulently racist act was perpetrated at the school should incense any decent human being, but to impute that act to those with whom you politically disagree is vilely dishonest.”
"There is nothing Conservative about the hatred and despicable actions of those who subscribe to white supremacy,” Bantley Mayers, the current Secretary of the ACR chapter, told Campus Reform. “As a club, we stand wholly opposed to the incident that occurred on Sep. 5, and call on the authorities to deal with those responsible in a way befitting the vile act.”
According to MassLive, the incident, which is currently still under investigation, involved a rope found on the Amherst College campus that appeared to be tied into a noose.
Mayers believes that the flyer incident highlights the “broad, irresponsible generalizations and the intolerance of the presence of conservative ideals on college campuses,” saying, “We hope, in the future, those on the opposite end of the ideological spectrum will respect our views and work with us, not against, in the fight against the hate present in the event that took place.”
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