Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Circulating Hate: Racist Flyer Sparks Misunderstanding and Anger at the University of Cincinnati

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Circulating Hate: Racist Flyer Sparks Misunderstanding and Anger at the University of Cincinnati

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When flyers appeared overnight on the campus of the University of Cincinnati saying avoiding sex with Blacks would help prevent AIDS, university administrators immediately leapt into action, scouring the campus to remove every remnant of the offensive flyer.

National Alliance, a group that has allegedly been spreading messages of White supremacy and hate across the UC campus, was behind the document. The flyer included contact information for the group, but various flyers had different home bases for the organization.

According to Mitchel Livingston, the university's vice president for student affairs, the flyers were noticed early on April 12 and taken down. He says the flyers represent something the school does not.

"We have values. The message on those flyers was an affront to those values," Livingston says.

But one flyer got into the hands of Simone Monet-Williams, the opinion editor of the News Record, the university's campus newspaper. Monet-Williams, who had written about Ku Klux Klan newsletters being circulated just weeks earlier, tied the two incidences together in a subsequent column.

"For the past week I have been trying to make these flyers known around campus so that people realize that there is racism being practiced on this campus," Monet-Williams wrote.

Alongside the column was a scanned version of the offending flyer. But it's the publication of the flyer, rather than its posting on campus, that some say is actually causing the controversy. …

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