University of Utah Under Fire For Racist Posters on Campus

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Controversy had arisen concerning the University of Utah after two racist posters, which have since been removed, had been posted around the campus.

The posters contained ‘unverified statistics and a racist cartoon’

The posters claimed, “Stop the rapes, stop the crime, stop the murder, stop the blacks,” in addition to listing various unverified statistics. In addition, the poster also featured what appears to be the image of a woman being assaulted in its bottom left corner. The controversial image can be seen below, and discretion is advised.

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Posted by Racially Just Utah-RJU on Thursday, August 10, 2017

At the time of the release, according to Fox 13, Jeanetta Williams of the Salt Lake branch of the NAACP released the following statement, “If folks think that they’re hurting blacks, they’re not hurting blacks, they’re hurting the entire state of Utah, because other people don’t want to move here,” she said. “You see businesses that don’t want to move here, because of race relations.”

What the school had to say over the incident

In addition to removing the offensive images, school officials have also responded to the controversy. According to Annalisa Purser, associate director of communications for the school, “We were made aware of two posters depicting racist images and messages that were posted near the Student Life Center last week. By the time university officials were aware, the posters had already been removed. Campus police were notified and documented the incident.”

“These do not reflect the values and beliefs of the University of Utah.”

“Although we encourage freedom of speech and critical conversations, the university does not tolerate hateful speech or discrimination against any part of our campus community.”

“We reaffirm our commitment to fostering an environment where students, faculty and staff can exchange ideas respectfully.”

“To report a bias incident, contact the U’s Office for Inclusive Excellence at 801-585-5994. The university also provides counseling and support services. The Counseling Center can be reached at 801-581-6826. The U’s Office for Equity and Diversity, which works to promote inclusivity and diversity, can be reached at 801-581-7569.”

At this point, the University is currently investigating who had been behind posting the controversial images at the school. That said, the flier itself reportedly came from a group, referred to as “Blood and Soil” on the poster itself, the Southern Poverty Law Center had identified as a hate group.

Last year, a similar isolated case had occurred involving a poster concerning Islamic students.

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