- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 17, 2016

Posters touting a “white students group” at the University of California, Los Angeles were removed from campus this week because no such organization exists, UCLA said Wednesday.

Maintenance workers found three or four of the posters taped to buildings around school Monday advertising supposed “UCLA White Students Group,” campus spokesman Tod Tamberg told the Los Angeles Times.

“Recent rhetoric and ongoing riots have highlighted a danger to white Americans,” reads a message on the fliers, according to photographs. “The governmental strategy in recent decades has been an embrace of the replacement of whites, and appeasement of the demands of minority groups. Appeasement is a strategy that history has show only embolden the belligerents ultimately leading to violence as recently seen.”

The statement appears beneath a symbol associated with the so-called alt-right pictured alongside a collage of newspaper headlines critical of the whites, including a 2015 article in The Washington Times that was published after a Boston University professor called Caucasian males a “problem population.”

“We are a group that is interested in discussing what can be done in the context of upcoming governmental shifts to counteract these hostile elements, encourage the enforcements of our borders and start pursuing an agenda that is in the best interest of white Americans,” the statement continued. “This is a group for white voices to be head, and we ask that others respect that.”

The posters were removed because they violated content-neutral posting rules prohibiting unaffiliated groups from advertising on campus without explicit approval from the school, Mr. Tamberg told the Daily Bruin campus newspaper.

“There is no white student group at UCLA,” the school clarified in a statement Wednesday.

“Divisive and racist language do not reflect the ideals that we set for ourselves on this campus,” its statement said. “UCLA defends First Amendment rights and strongly encourages all members of our community to be respectful of one another as they engage in honest dialogue and debate.”

An email address, website and Twitter account are listed on the bottom of the fliers, but UCLA officials said none were connected to the school in any way.

“It is unlikely that the flyers were posted by members of the UCLA community, due to the fact that the social media links included in the flyer were not UCLA-linked and did not mention UCLA, UCLA students, Los Angeles or higher education in general,” Mr. Tamberg said in a statement.

Messages sent to the Gmail account listed on the flier as well as an address found on the website did not immediately receive a response. The Twitter handle, Night_0f_fire, is that of Sam Hyde, a comedian who has frequently been falsely accused on social media in recent years with committing heinous crimes including mass shootings and terror attacks. Mr. Hyde denied being involved with the UCLA posters when reached Thursday by The Washington Times.

Regardless of origin, the appearance of the posters spurred discussions at the school nonetheless.

“It’s just a very tense time and to see flyer like this in the midst of all this just escalates the tensions,” sociology and African-American studies professor Darnell Hunt told SCPR public radio.

“When our public institutions ignore this kind of racist rhetoric and say there are other things that are more important, that this is not serious enough, then individuals fall next,” UCLA graduate student Wisam Alshaibi told the station. “But the fear is that instead of being vigilant we’re just going to let it happen, and one day we’re going to wake up and we’re going to wake up in a country that’s completely different,” she continued, adding: “This is exactly what happened in Germany in 1930.”

Instances of xenophobia, some violent, have been reported across the United States following the election last week of Republican candidate Donald Trump, who promised repeatedly on the campaign trail to deport millions of illegal immigrants and stop the inflow of refugees from certain Muslim-majority nations if elected.

“I am so saddened to hear that,” Mr. Trump told “60 Minutes” in a post-election interview when asked about recent reports of harassment suffered by Latinos and Muslims. “And I say, ‘Stop it.’ If it — if it helps. I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: Stop it.”

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