Campus Racial Strife Hits University of Michigan
Students at the University of Michigan are protesting the display of racially charged posters found hanging around the campus on Monday. The posters contended that White women should not date Black men, while another urged “Euro-Americans” to stop “denying their heritage,” along with what its author called “race differences in intelligence.”
The campus newspaper, The Michigan Daily, reported the posters had ‘Alt-Right’ logos printed on them, representing an ideology of extreme conservatism that has gained momentum during the presidential campaign. About 200 students demonstrated on campus in their rejection of the posters, which were taken down when a student saw them on Monday morning in two halls on the Ann Arbor, Mich. campus.
The school’s Black Student Union responded swiftly through social media posts.
Hey y’all. This is currently what’s being passed around and posted here on campus smh pic.twitter.com/Nb2DMJov2A
— #BBUM (@THEBSU) September 26, 2016
U-M president Mark Schlissel released a statement blasting the posters. “Messages of racial, ethnic or religious discrimination have no place at the University of Michigan. Targeted attacks against groups of people serve only to tear apart our university community,” he said.
But Lawrielle West, a graduate student at the university criticized Schlissel’s response.
“When I saw that apology from…administration, I wasn’t comforted,” she said. “I want to be acknowledged as a real person who pays money to this school…we’re not going to get anything done until we disturb the peace.”
The incident comes about a week after graffiti with anti-Black racial epithets were found spray painted at the nearby campus of Eastern Michigan University.