'It's Okay to be White' Sign Triggers University of Alberta Employees, Police Called

'It's Okay to be White' Sign Triggers University of Alberta Employees, Police Called

The day after someone left a 'racist pumpkin' outside Native Studies at the University of Alberta, a message reading 'It's okay to be white' was taped to the building's front door.

Apparently that is racist and bigoted to campus Liberals. 

Native Studies Dean Chris Andersen said he found it when he got to work Tuesday morning, and tore it down before too many people saw it. He said he's not sure whether it was targeted at his office, or at East Asian Studies, which is on the floor above. That's right. He thinks it may be a targeted attack. 

The poster was just one of many found across campus Monday morning.

Graduate student Jan Buterman said he saw one on a bulletin board at the Edmonton Clinic Health Academy, but before he could take a picture a guy ripped it off the wall and crumpled it up. He estimates there were three or four in the hallway.

Buterman points out that he is white, but finds the poster "stupid and horrifying."

“This was not directed at me, I don’t need people to tell me it's okay to be white. It’s okay to be human, and this is just bullshit," he said.

Irfan Chaudhry, a criminology instructor at MacEwan University, said this latest crop of posters seem to be a more organized effort than in the past.

Irfan said instigators create these posters to highlight what they see as a double standard around who is affected by discrimination.

“[They think that] if it happens to white people it doesn’t really count, that’s the underlying theme that some of these groups are trying to highlight,” he said.

This comes a day after a pumpkin with a mock headdress was found outside Pembina Hall Monday, which houses the Faculty of Native Studies.

In a statement posted to the university website Tuesday afternoon, President David Turpin said “the university is aware of several incidents of racism that have occurred on north campus in recent days.”

The statement referred to both the pumpkin and the posters.

“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.”

Of course, you could get mad about a mock headdress or you could get mad at real issues like indigenous kids who need dental being fought by Trudeau's Liberals in court ensuring they don't. Or, you could get mad about the continuous lies coming from Trudeau's mouth regarding drinking water in First Nation communities which now have more boil-water advisories than when he said he was fixing them.

But, it's easier to get triggered over a sign and a carved pumpkin. 

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