Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Racist Flyer Found on UT Austin Campus a Day After Stabbing

Posted By on Wed, May 3, 2017 at 9:25 AM

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Another month, another Texas college hit with racist propaganda. On Tuesday, University of Texas at Austin students found a flyer attacking African Americans posted on a campus emergency call box reading, "Around blacks...never relax!" The flier also contained the address for a neo-Nazi website. The text is accompanied by a racist, minstrel-like caricature of a grimacing black man wielding a long knife.

The flier appeared a day after a black student suffering from a mental illness stabbed four students on the UT campus, killing one. He used a large, Bowie-like knife. There's no information directly linking the stabbing to the poster, but it came in the midst of rumors spreading across social media claiming the suspect (Kendrex White, now in custody) was targeting white people or members of a fraternity.

UT Austin police immediately refuted those claims in a press conference, calling them "conspiracy," and have concluded White wasn't targeting any group in particular.

Shortly after images of the flyer hit social media, UT Austin President Gregory Fenves responded with a letter to students and faculty.

"The words and ideas on these fliers are deeply offensive and we are working to completely remove them," he wrote. "If these difficult times it is even more important for the campus community to come together. We will not tolerate the actions of those who seek to divide us."

This is the second time this year racist fliers have appeared on UT Austin campus. In February, students found an array of anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim fliers stuck on telephone poles and buildings around campus.

According to data collected by the Anti-Defamation league, UT Austin is just one of at least seven college campuses in Texas that have been hit with campaigns featuring hate speech — in the form of fliers, stickers, and other public signage — since the November presidential election.

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