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Miami University officials report white supremacy fliers at Oxford campus

Miami University officials report white supremacy fliers at Oxford campus
Posted at 11:07 AM, Nov 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-23 17:33:55-05

OXFORD, Ohio -- White supremacy fliers have popped up on the Oxford campus of Miami University, raising concerns among administrators and students.

One included a link to a racist and anti-Semitic website, WCPO media partner the Journal-News reported. It read: "Tired of Anti-White Propaganda in college? You aren’t alone."

"When it comes to 'anti-white propaganda,' everybody knows what that means: It's just a code word for racism, essentially," graduate student Will Vanwhe said.

Classes aren't in session this week because of the Thanksgiving holiday, but Miami was open Wednesday.

The school believes an outside group posted the fliers, which violate school policy because they weren't approved by the student activities office. But it's not a crime, university spokeswoman Claire Wagner said.

"Even racist language is protected by the Constitution," she said.

"We do hold ourselves to a higher standard, though, and (Miami) President Gregory Crawford has cited the university’s Code of Love and Honor already this semester in his blog and in emails to the university community, reminding Miamians of the respect and integrity implied in that code, and of Miami’s pursuit of inclusive excellence," Wagner said.

Cat Munroe, a graduate student, saw one poster near the school's Business, Engineering, Science and Technology Library last week, the Journal-News reports. She said she wasn't surprised given the climate surrounding the recent presidential election.

Lee Culember, a senior, said tensions have always been high for minority students at Miami.

"They feel underrepresented, and especially with the Trump-Pence election, they just feel even more so that their voice is not being heard at all," Culember said.

Read more about this story at the Journal-News.