‘It’s okay to be white’ racist posters spotted around UoB campus
They appeared overnight
"It's okay to be white" posters were discovered around Bristol campus this morning.
The use of this slogan has been linked to fascist groups including Generation Identity.
Ben, a fourth year French and Spanish student, told The Bristol Tab: "The posters are disgusting. There is no need or reason for them at all – I don't know a single sane, emotionally secure person who is any way worried that being white is unacceptable."
"White Nationalists worry about this sort of thing, not intelligent, educated people.
"I mean, these people must be genuinely insecure about themselves if they need to reassure themselves publicly that the colour of their skin is 'okay'…"
Graffiti bearing the same slogan was spotted around Bristol last week.
Students and staff have been quick to respond. Bristol Student-Staff Solidarity said: "We are absolutely disgusted and furious to find that somebody, or a group of individuals have been putting up posters around campus that say 'it's okay to be white'.
"The implication in this statement is intended to suggest that there is some sort of attack on whiteness by some sort of 'woke' agenda. It directly suggests that there is some sort of attempt to subdue white people as if they are some oppressed minority. The important question to ask is who are they supposing is orchestrating this attack on whiteness?"
What started as a campaign against media backlash in the US in 2017 was appropriated by white supremacist groups.
A University of Bristol spokesperson told the Bristol Tab: "The University of Bristol aspires to be a community where everyone should feel safe, welcomed and respected.
"Together with the Students’ Union, we have been working actively with staff and students to ensure that our commitment to inclusion, diversity and equality is reflected in all aspects of our University.
"It appears that the posters have so far only been seen in public spaces – we have not had any reports of them being put up in University premises.
"We would ask that if anyone sees one of these posters on university premises, they take them down and contact security services."