- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The University of Iowa is investigating a series of fliers criticizing “anti-white propaganda,” which were discovered near campus centers dedicated to Latino, Native American, African American and LGBTQ communities.

The fliers discovered Sunday on a bulletin board in a campus residence hall “were deeply offensive to some members of our campus community,” according to UI Vice President for Student Life Tom Rocklin, The Gazette reported.

One of the fliers read, “Are you sick of anti-white propaganda in college? You are not alone,” followed by a link to TheRightStuff.biz, which describes itself as a right-wing “cultural and social blog,” Campus Reform reported.

A second flier reportedly showed two white people with the caption, “We have a right to exist.”

Similar fliers were found on Oct. 10 near the UI’s Latino Native American Cultural Center, LGBTQ Resource Center and Afro-American Cultural Center.

UI police are investigating both incidents.

“The messages depicted do not reflect the values of our institution,” Mr. Rocklin said in a statement.

“The University of Iowa is committed to maintaining an environment that promotes the robust exchange of ideas,” he said. “We are equally committed to maintaining an environment that recognizes the inherent worth and dignity of every person and that fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect.”

In a Facebook post on Monday, UI Student Government claimed the fliers were “intended to antagonize black, Latino, LGBTQ+ and Jewish people.”

“Acts of this kind, intended to stir up hate and intolerance, have absolutely no place at the University of Iowa and will be investigated by the appropriate law and policy enforcement agencies,” the post read. “As students and members of the UI community, we should celebrate the diversity each of us brings to campus and to Iowa City.”

The post encouraged students to report any hateful fliers to “Hawk Watch,” a new app that allows users to anonymously send tips and photos to campus police.


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