University removes posters deemed ‘racially divisive’
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.