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Updated 3:35 pm, Wednesday, May 3, 2017
The University of Texas is back in the spotlight just days after a tragic stabbing on the campus where one student was killed and three others injured.
As students returned to classes Tuesday, May 2, many noticed racist, 90’s-esque propaganda posted all over the campus.
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Student Kim Nguyen came across one of the fliers and posted a photo of it to Facebook with a caption sharing her displeasure.
I know what happened yesterday was a tragedy and that people are scared, upset, hurt and/or looking for someone to blame. But this? This is not okay. I don’t know who you are, but by doing this, you’re only spreading more fear and hate and deepening the racism that already exists in our society. We need to show love, now more than ever, not hate. Please, if anyone sees these stickers floating around, tear them down, crumble them up, and throw them away. I (thought I) crossed out the website on the bottom but don’t give them the satisfaction gaining the publicity they don’t deserve. Don’t let the actions of a select few define our school. We can do better than this.
An image of the flyer, which reads “around blacks, never relax,” and includes a racist image of a black male and a web address for a neo-Nazi, racist website was also posted to Imgur by user airvex888.
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Word of the offensive fliers spread throughout the campus, and the university’s president has since issued a statement saying the posters were being taken down immediately and such behavior is unwelcome on the campus.
“I spent the afternoon speaking with students and listening to their ideas, frustrations and fears,” said president Gregory Fenves. “Hateful fliers continue to inflame these fears and many from feeling safe on the 40 Acres….We will not tolerate the actions of those who seek to divide us.”
This is not the first occasion where racist flyers have popped up on UT or other Texas campuses.
After the election, campuses saw a rise in similar posters and graffiti targeting groups such as Muslims, racial minorities and immigrants.
In one instance a UT fraternity house was vandalized with graffiti calling the members rapists and racists.
Campus officials maintains the stance that though free speech is supported, students must also feel safe on campus, and these kinds of acts are unwelcome.
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