University Police investigating sticker with white supremacist slogan ‘It’s okay to be white’


Source: Rishi Mahesh

A sticker found in Allison Dining Hall with the words “It’s okay to be white.” University Police are looking into the incident.

Cameron Cook, Web Editor

University Police are looking into the discovery of a sticker sporting the white supremacist slogan “It’s okay to be white” in Allison Dining Hall, a University spokesperson told The Daily in an email.

Communication sophomore Rishi Mahesh said he and his friends found the sticker toward the back of the dining hall Saturday. His Facebook post regarding the slogan and its connotations garnered over 300 reactions and 33 shares as of Monday evening.

Although he thought it was a joke at first, Mahesh said the sticker’s presence made him feel uncomfortable and unsafe.

In the email, the University spokesperson wrote that administrators are “concerned and disturbed to hear that someone may have left a symbol often used by white supremacist groups on our campus.”

“Any act of hate, whether intentional or careless, will not be tolerated,” the email continued. “Northwestern is committed to creating a safe, secure and welcoming environment for all of our students, faculty and staff.”

While University administrators value freedom of expression, the email read, “we also must stand together to protect our values of diversity and inclusion.”

UP investigated a similar incident in November 2017, in which several flyers with the same phrasing were posted in Crowe Hall.

The spokesperson encouraged anyone with information about the incident to contact University Police. As of Monday evening, the incident is not listed on UP’s blotter.

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