The President of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has responded to "alt-right" posters that were found around campus over the weekend.
On Saturday morning, students noticed signs on several buildings. Some read "Rape-U-Gees not welcome," and "no more foreign invaders." A campus spokesperson said the signs were not authorized by campus officials and were immediately taken down.
Pictures of the posters circulated social media and outraged many in the community. University President Kelly Quintanilla sent an email to students Tuesday morning condemning the messages on the posters.
"I knew that views like this were evident amongst a population in the United States, you know," student Albert Ogbunamiri said. "I just didn't think I would find it on my campus, because my campus is multicultural and it's so diverse here. I didn't think I would find people with those kinds of opinions here."
As many as 30 posters were found and taken down by students and staff.
"Obviously it's not good to be having this at our school, and it doesn't represent the majority of the people's opinion," student Tyler Chrobocinski said.
On Tuesday morning, students received an email from University President Kelly Quintanillla saying the campus "celebrates the diversity of our students and is a proud Hispanic serving institution committed to educational attainment." It goes on to say that "it is disheartening but not surprising that our university was recently the target of discriminatory racist speech."
Quintanilla goes on to say "we at TAMUCC and throughout the Texas A&M University System denounce all discriminatory and racist rhetoric, but nonetheless it's present."
"I'm glad that she's standing up for it and I'm glad that she's taking a definitive stance," student David Rhodes said. "I think she probably could have done it a little sooner, but I also know this kind of thing can be really touchy and is emotional for a lot of people."
Campus officials said the posters were not approved by the University Center so they violated University policy.
"It makes me afraid for my friends and people here who aren't as lucky as I am to be a white male," Rhodes said. "They wear their diversity on their sleeve by necessity, and I'm really worried for them because that makes them a target for those kind of people that do this kind of thing."
Campus police said the posters were not considered threatening or obscene, so no criminal laws were broken.
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