The Oldest (and seriously competing for Left-est) College Daily was outraged.
The Yale Police Department is investigating reports from Yale students who witnessed two masked people post racially provocative flyers on bulletin boards around Cross Campus on Tuesday night. …
Yale students took photos of the posters, removed them from the bulletin board, replaced them with messages of support for people of color and reported the incident to Yale student life staff and the YPD on Tuesday night. The flyers depicted the symbol of a â€œWhite Students’ Union of Yaleâ€ and quoted slavery advocate and class of 1804 graduate John Calhoun â€” the former namesake of what is now Grace Hopper College. The quote reads, â€œIn looking back, I see nothing to regret, and little to correct.â€
YPD officers are currently reviewing camera footage to identify the perpetrators, Goff-Crews told the News. … The department has also stepped up its patrols in â€œsensitive areas on campus,â€ including the center of Yaleâ€™s campus, where the incident occured [sic].
â€œI find the sentiments signified by these flyers deeply troubling, and I want to be clear: hate is not welcome on our campus,â€ Salovey wrote in a campuswide email. â€œAs I have said in the past, the answer to speech one finds repugnant is more speech. [Flyers aren’t speech? Quotations from Calhoun aren’t speech? – JDZ] I have no doubt that the members of the Yale community will respond to expressions of hate, racism, and exclusion on this campus with even stronger affirmations of our valuesâ€”and a renewed commitment to creating a diverse, inclusive community where all people are welcomed.â€
In the email, Salovey confirmed that the perpetrators violated a University policy which only permits registered student organizations to post flyers on campus [Oh, my! that is an expulsion-worthy offense for sure. –JDZ].
Yale has notified the Southern Poverty Law Center â€” which monitors hate groups in the U.S. â€” and the Anti-Defamation League â€” a Jewish group that fights anti-Semitism and bigotry â€” about the incident, according to Saloveyâ€™s email. …
On Tuesday night, a student posted a photograph of the flyer on the popular Facebook group â€œOverheard at Yale,â€ prompting heavy backlash against the perpetrators among commenters.
Students and alumni interviewed by the News condemned the flyers. Prior to Saloveyâ€™s email, at least two individuals told the News that they contacted Saloveyâ€™s office calling for the University to respond to the incident.
On Wednesday morning, Gene Lyman â€™92 also emailed Saloveyâ€™s office calling on the University to investigate the situation thoroughly, discipline any current students involved and â€œreassert Yaleâ€™s values as an inclusive and intellectually honest community.â€
â€œEven if this should prove a hoax, or someoneâ€™s sick idea of a joke, I cannot emphasize enough how unacceptable the sentiment expressed in these flyers is,â€ Lyman wrote in the email to Salovey.
Lyman said he received a response from Joy McGrath, Saloveyâ€™s chief of staff, as well as Saloveyâ€™s email to the Yale community.
Sohum Pal â€™20 sent an email about the incident to Salovey, Goff-Crews and Dean of Yale College Marvin Chun on Tuesday night. In his email, Pal called for the establishment of a Title VI office, which would enforce the federal law that prohibits discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color and national origin at educational institutions, and for a systematic change in University responses to grievances around racial discrimination. Pal said that the University should create a â€œmechanism for changeâ€ instead of releasing emails to â€œreaffirm its commitments.â€
â€œTonight, people put up these fliers around campus,â€ Pal wrote in his email. â€œI felt vulnerable â€” is it any surprise? My time at Yale has been many things â€” sometimes empowering, but more often Iâ€™ve been struck at how expendable students, faculty, and staff of color must be to the university.â€ Unlike Lyman, Pal said he received no direct response to his email.
Ashtan Towles â€™19, a former peer liaison for the Afro-American Cultural Center, told the News that while the perpetrators remain unknown, the act was â€œdone in cowardice,â€ comparing the masked individuals to Klu Klux Klan members who don masks to protect their identities.
â€œThis incident is merely one of thousands through which white nationalists have attempted to stoke fear in Black communities, but I am always in awe of the resilience and pride that exists in the Black community at Yale,â€ Towles said in an email to the News.
According to Simon Ghebreyesus â€™21, the sentiments of white pride in the flyers are a â€œsinister presenceâ€ for students of color to grapple with at Yale and across the country.
Epongue Ekille â€™21 told the News that she had generally viewed Yale as a racially inclusive place but the flyer incident â€œnegates it all.â€
â€œIt was both surprising and not at the same time. Although Yale is proud of its diversity, the matter of the fact is that the student population is majority white and wealthy,â€ Ekille said. â€œIâ€™m not surprised that people who have these opinions exist at Yale, Iâ€™m just surprised that they would publicly advertise it.â€
Evidently, the answer to speech satirizing the rhetoric and poses of African-American Identity Group activists is not actually “more speech.” The answer is to publish hysterical news stories, to refer to the “repugnant speech” as “discrimination,” and “exclusion,” and “hate,” to suggest that it constitutes a possible violation of federal anti-discrimination law, and to treat it as a proper basis for investigation, notification of national left-wing speech and thought supervisory groups, and disciplinary sanctions.
How terribly cowardly it was of those right-wing students to conceal their identities!