It’s often believed that young Americans are less racist than their older counterparts, but a recent incident at the University of Michigan proved otherwise.
On Monday, several racially charged fliers were found in buildings at the heart of the University’s campus in Ann Arbor, causing outrage among students after the images were shared on social media. A member of The Black Student Union posted photos of the anti-Black fliers, which were labeled as part of the “Alt Right” ideology.
The Washington Post describes “Alt Right” as “a sprawling coalition of reactionary conservatives who have lobbied to make the United States more ‘traditional,’ more ‘populist’ and more White.”
One flier, titled “Why White Women Shouldn’t Date Black Men,” highlights individual violent relationships between Black men and White women and hella shaky stats, “Since 88 percent of Blacks have IQs under 100 and only 2.3 percent are smart enough to earn a good degree, being smart is an extreme trait for Blacks. Your kids would regress to a mean well below average for a White child.”
Another says, “White people have the right to exist as White people,” telling “Euro-Americans” that they should stop denying their heritage.
President Mark Schlissel and other administration officials issued a statement calling the fliers racist and saying they were “not consistent with U-M values.” He added, “We also have a responsibility to create a learning environment that is free of harassment. These are core values and guiding principles that will help us as we strive to live up to our highest ideals. In this time of heightened political strife, we believe these values take on even more importance as people and beliefs are targets of divisive rhetoric. But amidst these challenging times, our core values can help ground our community.”
The news comes just after Michigan football players joined recent protests by raising their fists during the National Anthem at Saturday’s game against Penn State.
SOURCE: Washington Post | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter