Two racist fliers were found at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, according to the school's newspaper, The Daily Campus.
The fliers were printed with an alt-right symbol and promoted Jim Crow-era beliefs on interracial dating, espousing eugenics and bigotry to support the claim that "White Women Shouldn't Date Black Men."
The papers showed photographs of blonde, white women alongside black men and detailed a list of crimes random black men have committed in the past. The fliers tried to brand all black men as unintelligent criminals who are "more likely to have STDs."
The fliers also advised that white women having children with black men was a bad idea, saying "your kids probably wouldn't be smart." Black men should be avoided, the fliers claim, because they are "more likely to commit every type of violent crime than whites."
Identical fliers were apparently found on a college campus in Michigan in September and in Oklahoma in November, but the culprit — or culprits — have yet to be identified. One flier, posted in a science building, was called "Race and Intelligence: the Facts," and promoted white supremacy and eugenics.
SMU faculty issued a statement to The Daily Campus on the hate speech, saying,
"SMU condemns the racist and hateful message in these fliers. These messages have no place at SMU and are in opposition to SMU’s values and commitment to an environment free from discrimination. Anyone who sees any such fliers or has information about them is asked to call SMU Police [...]or the Office of Institutional Access and Equity."
The president of the school, Gerald Turner, also sent a memo out to students and faculty, alluding to other unacceptable and bigoted behavior that has apparently been witnessed at the university.
Turner stated, "Isolated instances of uncivil, racist, and sexist comments made in hateful, arrogant, and hurtful tones clearly communicate that there are among us a small number of individuals who do not want to live in a united, mutually respectful, campus community."
Turner brooks no quarter here, stating, "Anyone committed to living a life of denigrating others in some misguided effort to elevate themselves should find another place to live."
Just in the week since Donald Trump's election to the U.S. presidency, over 300 hate crime cases have been reported by Southern Poverty Law Center. The FBI reports that hate crimes have increased by six percent nationally since Trump began his campaign a year ago. In the next four years, it seems colleges will have to take matters into their own hands to protect their students and keep their campus culture free of white supremacy.
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