By Michael Bastasch
Unidentified individuals or groups posted stickers saying “it’s okay to be white” around Cambridge, Mass. Wednesday morning.
Police were sent to investigate the matter, and officials asked the Department of Public Works to remove the stickers. The stickers were posted “on light poles and electrical boxes around Cambridge Common and Harvard Square” in the heart of Cambridge, close to Harvard University, The Boston Globe reported.
One Cambridge public works employee told The Globe he had scraped off about 20 of the stickers, and the police said they “received a tip from a resident about ‘a number of stickers’ in the Common.”
The Cambridge sticker incident comes one day after a paper saying “it’s okay to be white” was taped to the front door of a building at the University of Alberta. Native Studies Dean Chris Andersen tore the piece of paper down before “too many people saw it,” apparently seeing it as an offensive act aimed at his department or East Asian Studies.
“It’s juvenile, but these are the kinds of petty imbecilities that are symbolic of feelings of fragility and frailty present in mainstream society,” Andersen told Metro News Edmonton.
“This was not directed at me, I don’t need people to tell me it’s okay to be white,” said graduate student Jan Buterman. “It’s okay to be human, and this is just bullshit.”
The university labeled the incidents as racist, and told the public that statements like “it’s okay to be white” would not be tolerated.
University President David Turpin said “the university is aware of several incidents of racism that have occurred on north campus in recent days.”
“Messaging or displays that target or marginalize any individuals or groups will not be tolerated. We are working with University of Alberta Protective Services to find the parties responsible,” Turpin said in a statement that also referred to a “racist” pumpkin incident.
Metro News suggests that the poster was meant to troll left-wing groups, citing a chat room post that read, “Based on past media response to similar messaging, we expect the anti-white media to produce a shit-storm about these ‘racist, hateful, bigoted fliers’… with a completely innocuous message.”
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