Posters promoting white supremacy found on campus

Monday, November 14, 2016 - 2:12pm
Posters promoting white supremacy and urging individuals to report undocumented immigrants, several appearing to cite the recent election of President-elect Donald Trump, were found on the University of Michigan’s campus Monday. The posters follow multiple previous discoveries of anti-Black, anti-LGBTQ and anti-Muslim posters found in late September and October. They also follow a week of protests in part over Trump’s rhetoric toward minorities, as well as a statement from students on campus condemning the University’s response to those events. A protest was also organized Saturday in response to a recent reported hate crime, in which a Muslim student was threatened to be set on fire if she did not take off her hijab.
 
 
According to Austin McCoy, who took the initial picture of some of the posters, a few of them were on a kiosk across the street from the Michigan Union

The new posters encouraged residents and students to report undocumented students and referencing white voter statistics in this year’s election, claiming “He’s our President”

The posters were specifically related to Trump, referencing his campaign slogan “Make America Great Again,” and saying “The establishment lies” about race and Trump.

Two of the posters were exit polls demonstrating a racial divide between supporters of the two candidates, with minorities overwhelmingly voting for former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Posters were also found depicting violent imagery of a woman being assaulted. The poster claimed to have statistic of white women being assaulted by black men.

The posters were from a Alt-Right website, a white-supremacist movement that originated on the Internet. When they first began circulating in September, they sparked campus outrage, inspiring protests to demand more support for minorities from administration. However, after a week of student-organized campaigns, more posters cropped up with anti-Muslim, anti-LGBTQ+, and anti-Black sentiment, with students expressing they feel there has been little action taken by the University.

During remarks at an anti-Trump vigil and protest following Election Day, University President Mark Schlissel said 90% of University students voted against “the kind of hate and the fractiousness and the longing for some kind of idealized version of a non-existent yesterday that was expressed during the campaign.”

During the election, Trump’s campaign was heavily criticized for its anti-immigration stance, as well as his rhetoric against people of color, Muslims, women, and the LGBTQ community. He has recently promised to immediately deport 2-3 million undocumented immigrants.

Over the past few months, the University has hoped to address diversity and climate issues through its recently launched Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion plan, an initiative to become a more diverse campus through scholarship and teaching that was originated last year, before the flyers. However, during protests over the fliers and related incidents, students like LSA junior Lakyrra McGee have criticized the campaign for planning for long term goals aiming toward 2025 over addressing the current racial climate on campus.

“It’s possible to do both,” Magee said during one of the protests in September. “But they’re not doing it. We want Schlissel to address us… about 2017, not 2025,” she said.