ANN ARBOR (WWJ) – It’s another instance of apparent racist messages popping up on a college campus — this time at the University of Michigan.
U-M officials say that early Monday morning someone discovered and removed a number of fliers posted in Haven and Mason halls in the heart of central campus that “espouse a racist point of view.”
The statement goes on to say that while U-M stands by the right of free speech, they have a responsibility to protect students and staff from such attacks.
“Messages of racial, ethnic or religious discrimination have no place at the University of Michigan. Targeted attacks against groups of people serve only to tear apart our university community,” reads the statement, sent jointly by university President Mark Schlissel and others.
“While we continue to defend any individual’s right to free speech on our campus, these types of attacks directed toward any individual or group, based on a belief or characteristic, are inconsistent with the university’s values of respect, civility and equality. We also have a responsibility to create a learning environment that is free of harassment. These are core values and guiding principles that will help us as we strive to live up to our highest ideals.
“In this time of heightened political strife, we believe these values take on even more importance as people and beliefs are targets of divisive rhetoric. But amidst these challenging times, our core values can help ground our community.”
It’s unclear at this time who posted the fliers if any punishment the person or persons may face if or when identified. Details about what exactly was on the fliers have not been released.
Over the last week, some racist graffiti was discovered and removed on the nearby Eastern Michigan University campus as well.
At U-M, these types of incidents can be reported to the university’s Bias Response Team at 734-615-BIAS (2427). Get more information HERE.