Racist posters found on Rutgers campus and bus
NEW BRUNSWICK — For the second time in less than a year, Rutgers University is dealing with propaganda spread by white supremacist groups — a problem that university officials have been dealing with across the state.
According to the Daily Targum, flyers from the white supremacist group Identity Evropa were found on University buildings on various campuses. According to the Targum, the flyers said "Our Generation, Our Future, Our Last Chance."
On the same day the flyers were found, a student reported finding a sign on one of the school's buses that said "Black Lives Don't Matter."
Christopher Leet, a junior at the school, told New Jersey 101.5 that he saw the "ugly note" on the bus and shared a video of it on his Facebook page.
"I had no idea it was there, but someone complained to the driver prompting me to investigate what was going on," he said. "I was immediately disgusted by what I saw."
"It looked as if it was edited again to say black lives matter only to blood and crip thugs," he said. "This was even more disgusting as it implied multiple people felt this way towards the black community."
After seeing the poster, Leet said he and other black students tried unsuccessfully to remove it completely. He said they were able to cross out some of the words to make it say "black lives matter" before one of the students used his key to scratch off as much of the poster as possible.
"I'm sad that there are still people, even at Rutgers, who feel this way toward our fellow peers, but happy that we as a community can still work together to silence this hate and show each other support."
Rutgers University-New Brunswick released a statement to New Jersey 101.5 saying the school condemns "all acts and statements of bigotry, racism, anti-Semitism and white supremacy, which have no place in our society or on our campus." The statement also said that the flyers and the poster "do not represent the principles and values of the university, which include diversity, inclusivity and respect for people of all backgrounds."
Noting that the flyers were posted by a group that is not recognized by the university, the school said they have been "removed from all university facilities and vehicles."
The Identity Evropa leaflets were not the first they put on a New Jersey college campus this year. Last month police at Stockton University were attempting to identify three students seen posting flyers on the campus for the group. The Anti-Defamation League has identified Identity Evropa as a white supremacist association.
A different white supremacist group, known as Vanguard America has been connected to racist and anti-Semitic flyers that had been spread in Lakewood over the summer. The Anti-Defamation League has also labeled Vanguard America as a white supremacist group.
Vanguard America has been connected with spreading flyers in Princeton, as well as in Asbury Park. In February, Rutgers officials reported flyers on campus that people at the school found offensive and threatening. According to NJ.com, the flyers promoted a "Muslim-free America."
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