Univer­sity re­moves posters deemed ‘racially di­vi­sive’

Newark Post - - LOCAL NEWS - By BROOKE SCHULTZ [email protected]­pub.com

Univer­sity of Delaware of­fi­cials re­moved from cam­pus sev­eral posters they de­scribed as “racially di­vi­sive” last week.

The half-dozen posters, which stated “It’s okay to be white,” were placed on the ex­te­rior of sev­eral build­ings on east and cen­tral cam­pus Nov. 1, said An­drea Boyle Tip­pett, a spokes­woman for the univer­sity.

Tip­pett added that the posters were re­moved be­cause per­mis­sion is needed to hang any­thing on school prop­erty.

A mes­sage from the JoséLuis Riera, in­terim vice pres­i­dent for stu­dent life, and Carol Hen­der­son, vice provost of di­ver­sity, stated that the posters ap­pear to be part of “an in­ter­na­tional cam­paign or­ches­trated by white na­tion­al­ists to spread an agenda of hate and cre­ate a wedge of ra­cial an­i­mos­ity on col­lege cam­puses.”

Sim­i­lar posters were found re­cently at other uni­ver­si­ties, in­clud­ing the Univer­sity of Ver­mont, Duke Univer­sity and Tufts Univer­sity in Bos­ton.

“The cam­paign is de­signed to pit peo­ple on var­i­ous points of the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum against one an­other. The phrase was cun­ningly cho­sen to in­voke an out­cry at the sug­ges­tion of an­ti­white bias,” Riera and Hen­der­son wrote. “But this is not what our UD com­mu­nity is about. We aspire to be a com­mu­nity that cel­e­brates the iden­tity of all and do not be­lieve that by cel­e­brat­ing one iden­tity we min­i­mize the worth or value of an­other.”

Tip­pett said UD Po­lice are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing, and it is too early to say whether the posters were hung by some­one af­fil­i­ated with the univer­sity.

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