University of Utah officials respond after racist fliers were posted on campus

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah)- Two posters depicting racist images and messages have been removed after they were posted on the University of Utah campus last week.

The posters were found near the Student Life Center. Text on the posters read "Stop the rapes, stop the crime, stop the murder, stop the blacks" followed by several unverified crime statistics. *


"These do not reflect the values and beliefs of the University of Utah," Annalisa Purser, associate director of communications for the University said. "Although we encourage freedom of speech and critical conversations, the university does not tolerate hateful speech or discrimination against any part of our campus community."

Purser said the posters had already been removed by the time university officials arrived, but they are investigating.

"We reaffirm our commitment to fostering an environment where students, faculty and staff can exchange ideas respectfully," she said.

To report a bias incident reach out the the U's Office for Inclusive Excellence at 801-585-5994. 

The university also provides counseling and support services. The Counseling Center can be reached at 801-581-6826. The U’s Office for Equity and Diversity, which works to promote inclusivity and diversity, can be reached at 801-581-7569.

 

*We have chosen to blur the poster, you can see the unedited image here.


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