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'Dear White People' Signs Pop Up At NC State University

| by Michael Allen

Several "Dear White People" signs popped up at North Carolina State University in Raleigh on March 23.

According to Campus Reform, one sign accused white people of pushing racism: "Dear white people, there is no such thing as being 'colorblind.' You are perpetuating racism and white supremacy."

A second sign on campus insisted that black people were not capable of being racist:

Black people can’t be racist. Prejudice, yes, but not racist. Racism describes a system of disadvantage based on race. Black people can’t be racist since we don’t stand to benefit from such a system.

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The signs were put up by the school's Union Activities Board, which tweeted about the signs and a screening of the 2014 film "Dear White People" on March 23:

As many of you may have noticed there is an all day showing of "Dear White People" on Stafford Commons and a demonstration (posters) scattered throughout. We ask that you respect the time and effort put forth by UAB films.

If you have any questions or deep concern, please attend the movie showing (7pm) and open discussion (9pm) in Witherspoon Cinema tonight.

The signs are part of UAB's Diversity Education Week, which, according to the UAB website, "serves to further equip NC State students, faculty, and staff with 21st-century skills."

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Diversity Education Week also "advances learning and scholarship, builds understanding and respect among different peoples, and enhances constructive leadership and dialogue in our local and global community."

A third "Dear White People" sign took aim at a conservative icon/author:

I am here to burst your post-racial bubble. Yes, Oprah may have her own network, but Ann Coulter is still writing best sellers, Black kids are still getting shot for wearing hoodies, and even here the few vestiges of Black culture are under attack by conservative groups.

A fourth sign slammed the use of the phrase "African-American":

In a shocking reversal, the term "African-American" is borderline racist now. It turns out if you’re too worried about political correctness to say "black," odds are... you secretly just want to call us n******* anyway... and truth be told, I’d rather you just be honest about it.

A fifth sign seemed to stereotype white people:

Dear white people, are you tired of your hum drum, Wonderbread existence of accidental racism and wishing you could sip on Henny out yo crunk cup without a Bitch giving you the side-eye? Course you are.

Campus Reform asked the university for a comment, but has not received a reaction yet.

Sources: Campus Reform, Union Activities Board/Twitter, UAB/North Carolina State University / Photo credit: Ducttapeavenger/Wikimedia Commons

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