SMU students host town hall meeting to address racist fliers

- The president of SMU is telling his students that racist fliers posted and circulated on campus are hateful, arrogant and hurtful.

The fliers were titled “Why White Women Should Not Date Black Men.” They had several offensive reasons listed.

The university’s president posted a letter in response on Twitter Wednesday morning that said, “Anyone committed to living a life of denigrating others in some misguided effort to elevate themselves should find another place to live. I commend student leaders for organizing to eliminate such unacceptable behavior."

President Gerald Turner also said there will be many tense moments nationally over the next few months, but he believes everyone should accept each other’s differences.

The leaders of student meeting are treating the incident as a call to action and encouraged students to report any incidents of discrimination to university officials so that the incidents can be recognized as a problem and addressed.

Students say they've heard about acts of racism on campus in addition to the racist fliers found on campus but feel that many students think the incidents are too insignificant to report. Students also talked about how, and if, they want to organize a public demonstration in response to the fliers.

The origins of the flier are unknown, but an SMU spokesperson says university officials are investigating. Students at the meeting said it would be unfortunate if no action is taken in regard to the fliers.

"I'm here to show my face and show that I am one of many of the other people here equally concerned and willing to help with whatever motion that we're going to take forward after this,” said student Thurman Foreman.

"We need to encourage our students to call their friends out when they are doing something wrong. And they know they're doing something wrong instead of being silent because being a bystander is as bad as being a perpetrator,” said student Will Jones.

The fliers have also reportedly been found on the campuses of the University of Oklahoma and University of Michigan.

There is a symbol on them that says “Alt-Right,” which has led some to believe they are associated with the alt-right movement.

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