Since President Trump’s election last November, hate crimes have been steadily on the rise. In the days after his election- there were 867 incidents of hate reported to the Southern Poverty Law Center with over 100 of the incidents being labeled as antisemitic. It’s no secret that Trump supporters have felt emboldened by Trump’s own outward bigotry that they have since been invigorated to display their own disgraceful sentiments.
At a Valentines Day party hosted by college Republicans on Wednesday at The Central Michigan University College, antisemitic cards were handed out by anonymous members of the organization.
As reported by Elizabeth Preza for Raw Story, the card, which had a picture of Adolph Hitler on the front read, “My love 4 u burns like 6,000 Jews.
Members of the group were quick to distance themselves from the hateful act, and faculty at the University have issued a statement:
In a statement, University President George Ross said while the students’ “offensive language” is protected by the First Amendment, the Valentine’s Day card “is unacceptable” and “not consistent with our values and standards.”
“We caution against concluding that the action is representative of the entire student organization or its members and remind all that threatening others as a result of such an incident can have legal consequences,” he added. “We once again urge each of our students, faculty and staff to be beacons of peace, respect, inclusivity and civility — to be role models of integrity, dignity and leadership.”
In a Facebook post, the college Republicans apologized for the card, blaming the situation on “cards placed into a bag without other members’ knowledge.”
In an interview with the student paper, CMU’s College Republicans president Mackenzie Flynn denied knowledge of the card, and pointed out the bags were intended for members only.
Though intended to be seen only by members of the organization- the recipient of the card snapped a picture and shared it on social media, causing a swift and stern backlash. The following day, student activists planned to hold an anti-hate speech rally, but members of Central Michigan Action clarified that rally was “strictly to protest hate speech on campus, not any particular student group.”
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