SMU students unite against racist fliers found on campus

A flier found at SMU this week.
A flier found at SMU this week. WFAA via Twitter

Students at SMU are coming together Wednesday in an effort to fight against the racist fliers found on campus this week.

According to The Daily Campus, SMU’s student newspaper, a set of counter-fliers encouraging campus diversity were found in several buildings on campus.

The counter-fliers say, “We’re better together,” and cite research claiming the success of students who have diverse interactions and participate in multicultural opportunities in college, The Daily Campus reported.

The original fliers, titled “Why White Women Shouldn’t Date Black Men,” were found posted on the walls of a residence hall on campus, according to a statement from the university.

“SMU condemns the racist and hateful message in these fliers,” the university announced Tuesday in a statement. “These messages have no place at SMU and are in opposition to SMU’s values and commitment to an environment free from discrimination.”

The fliers claimed that black men are “much more likely to have STDs,” and that “your kids probably wouldn’t be smart.”

An “Alt Right” logo is printed on the bottom right corner of the flier.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights advocacy group, the Alt Right is a “set of far-right ideologies, groups and individuals whose core belief is that ‘white identity’ is under attack by multicultural forces using ‘political correctness’ and ‘social justice’ to undermine white people and ‘their’ civilization.”

In order to alleviate tension, the SMU Student Senate is giving students the opportunity to voice their concerns and write letters to university administration at the campus flagpole from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m on Wednesday.

The campus is also rallying together Wednesday at 8 p.m. for a town hall meeting at the SMU student center, NBCDFW.com reported.

“We are all united; we are all Mustangs. No matter your beliefs or political preferences, we are all human and every student on this campus deserves the best experience during their time here,” the Student Senate said in a statement released Tuesday. “It is critical that we continue to stand together in love and respect for our fellow man.”

Azia Branson: 817-390-7547, @aziabranson