Racist flyers found posted on the University of Michigan campus

Apparently it’s not just Eastern Michigan University that has an on-campus white supremacy problem. It was reported earlier today by members of U-M’s Black Student Union that racist fliers had been posted inside both Haven Hall and Mason Hall. Following are images of the materials as posted on Twitter.

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I’ve yet to see a high-res version of either, but, according to what I’re read, the flyer on the left is making the case to white women that they should not date black men. The other flyer, according to the Detroit News, “tells ‘Euro-Americans’ to stop ‘apologizing,’ ‘living in fear,’ and ‘denying (their) heritage.'” Across the bottom of this flier are the words “Alt Right,” and “Be White.”

One wonders if this would be happening right now if Trump weren’t the Republican candidate?

Had Trump, through his words and actions, not given his racist supporters the permission they needed to step out from the shadows, would we be seeing these kinds of things happening across America right now? Had Trump disavowed the support of David Duke and and any number of other white supremacists early in this campaign, is it likely that we’d be taking about this tonight, just as the first presidential debate is about to air? What are the chances that, without candidate Trump talking about Mexican rapists, black inner city crime zones, and the like, we would have seen the evolution of the Alt Right into an entity that people aren’t ashamed to be a part of? I know that people are fearful and frustrated, but, if the Republican candidate had been Jeb Bush, would we have seen this movement grow like it has? Without Trump, would we be seeing Nazi flags being sold in the open at our state fairs and black girls being shoved at political rallies? My guess is, no.

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9 Comments

  1. Mark
    Posted September 27, 2016 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    It’s getting harder to be white these days. I remember a time when I could walk down the street safely and with no fear in my heart, now I watch over my shoulder.
    My sense of power is diminishing.
    I see these kinds of posts and news items and dwindle a little more.
    Thanks shitty, white people for making people hate our color. You are ruining it for the rest of us who love all ethnicities.

  2. B.
    Posted September 27, 2016 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    This all seems so ‘all-of-the-sudden’. I’ve always thought this kind of stuff existed in Michigan. Ann Arbor, and Ypsi, have always been sort of a bubble in that way. To see it pop up out of nowhere, seems odd. …Not saying it’s fake, just weird. I guess you could blame Trump, but you could also blame Ted Nugent, lol. Of course it’s sad, but I just seems strange with the timing.

  3. Mr. X
    Posted September 27, 2016 at 8:47 am | Permalink

    I remember flyers like this circulating around Ypsi in 2007. So, yes, it’s always been with us, but I do think it seems to be bubbling up to the surface a little more rapidly now. How much it has to do with Trump, I’m not sure. I suspect a lot of it is in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. It certainly isn’t helping, however, that a major party candidate is courting this vote.

  4. Eel
    Posted September 27, 2016 at 8:49 am | Permalink

    Someone should made a “It’s getting harder to be white these days. My sense of power is diminishing.” t-shirt.

  5. Holly McGuinness
    Posted September 27, 2016 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    First EMU, now U of M. When will white fragility stop ending in stupidity?

  6. MK
    Posted September 27, 2016 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    This is more overt, but Ann Arbor is hardly the progressive oasis it likes to think it is.

  7. Kevin
    Posted September 27, 2016 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    It’s not just “white” though. Outside of chemistry yesterday morning was written this in chalk:

    “Your (((professors))) are lying to you”

    So, they don’t like Jewish people either. A lot of people don’t seem to know about this symbology: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_parentheses

  8. Patrick
    Posted September 28, 2016 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    They don’t say anything about white men and black women?

  9. iRobert
    Posted October 8, 2016 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    How many racists does it take to buy 4 cans of spray paint and print up a couple of flyers?

    You know, I stopped reading this blog when I found out it was being written by a white guy. The last thing we need is another white guy giving us his take on things.

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