MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) — The leaders of the Kansas State student government issued a statement condemning the white nationalist propaganda that popped up at the university on Wednesday.
(Courtesy: Seth Peery)
Calling the flyers "hateful" and "arrogant," Student Body President Jack Ayres and Vice-President Olivia Baalman said they were "appalled by the hate contained in the posters and other propaganda found on our campus this morning."
"We must unequivocally stand as a student body against this type of hatred," they added.
There were several different versions of the flyers, all containing different white nationalist slogans or messages posted onto trees and other items around K-State.
"When I walked out of my class I noticed they were scattered across campus," said K-State senior Jonathan Cole. "My initial reaction was like holy cow this is happening again at K-State and I was infuriated."
In a statement posted on its website, the University itself said the messages on the posters "do not reflect the values of Kansas State University."
However, they note the university does not regulate posters because of their viewpoint, citing the First Amendment of United State Constitution. They only regulate when and where material can be posted.
"They didn't condemn what was actually in the poster," said Cole. "They might have said this is against the principles of community or whatever but they didn't say white nationalism isn't welcome on K-State campus."
In response to the flyers, Ayres and Baalman are asking their fellow students to wear purple Thursday "to show our commitment to an inclusive campus." They also urged their classmates to stand up to injustices they see and to participate in community forums, such as Cats for Inclusion, which will be Sept. 25 at 5:30 p.m.
"Our campus is not perfect, as none are, and we will not stay silent against actions like these. We will strengthen from this, together, united as a K-State Family," Ayres and Baalman concluded.