May 09, 2017

Temple is latest Philadelphia college to find white supremacy flyers on campus

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Stock_Carroll -  Temple University Campus Liacouras Walk Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice

Students walk along Temple University's Liacouras Walk.

Just weeks after flyers linked to a white supremacy group were found at the University of Pennsylvania, similar ones have been discovered on another college campus in Philadelphia. 

The more recent flyers were posted on several floors of Temple University's Anderson and Gladfelter halls last week, The Temple News first reported Tuesday

The student newspaper reported the signs had phrases like, "you will not replace us" and featured an image of a white woman holding a child. The flyers had the names of white supremacy groups printed on them, but The Temple News did not identify the groups responsible, it explained, in an effort to limit the spread of hate speech.

The newspaper also reported the recent incident was the second tied to the promotion of white nationalism on the North Philadelphia campus in the last month and a half.

Stickers that featured the logo of a "skinhead" group reportedly were found on Temple's campus in March. 

Brandon Lausch, a spokesperson for the university, confirmed the flyers had been posted and that they had been removed. The flyers were reported to administration and the incident is being reviewed. 

"Temple is a university that values diversity and embraces the right of everyone to feel welcome and safe," Lausch said in a statement.

Racist and anti-Semitic posters have been hung at a handful of colleges and universities across the country in recent months, including Texas State University and the University of Chicago.

Neo-nazi flyers with messages like "stop the blacks" and "How is a diploma going to help you in the war?" were found at Penn in late April.

There, Penn's President Amy Gutmann sent a campus-wide email in response.

"Although the flyers in question are no longer posted," Gutmann wrote, "we think it is important to take this opportunity to remind the community of our shared conviction that hatred and fear-mongering have no place at Penn."