It's okay to be white

Flyers reading "IT'S OKAY TO BE WHITE" were found taped to several buildings on the University of South Carolina's campus on Monday. Vaidehi Gajjar said she saw this poster on the Coker Life Sciences building. Vaidehi Gajjar/Provided

Flyers reading "IT'S OKAY TO BE WHITE" were found taped to several buildings on the University of South Carolina's campus on Monday morning, weeks after the racial message popped up at Coastal Carolina University. 

USC officials, in a statement, cited a Washington Post article from Nov. 3 that said flyers and stickers have been appearing at college campuses across the country as part of a coordinated effort that started on the online forum 4chan. The anonymous post on 4chan suggested the slogan would ultimately help convert people to their ideology, leading to a "massive victory for the far right in the culture war."

USC officials said the school's public campus is "not immune from such outside influences and activities."

"The University of South Carolina and the Carolina Family remain steadfastly committed to the principles set forth in the Carolinian Creed to 'respect the dignity of all persons,' to 'discourage bigotry, while striving to learn from differences in people, ideas, and opinions,' and to 'demonstrate concern for others, their feelings, and their needs for conditions which support their work and development,' " the statement read.

USC student Vaidehi Gajjar wrote on Facebook Monday that she saw the sign taped to the door of the Coker Life Sciences building. She said a friend sent her a photo of the sign taped to another campus building. 

At Coastal Carolina in Conway, the signs were posted to the business school and other locations earlier this month. The posters were not approved by the university and were removed.

A spokeswoman for Coastal Carolina on Monday said university police continue to investigate.

In late October, a flyer that called for white people to "join the alt-right" was found on Clemson University's campus, the Anderson Independent Mail reported. 

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Angie Jackson covers crime and breaking news for The Post and Courier. She previously covered the same beat for the Grand Rapids Press and MLive.com in Michigan. When she’s not reporting, Angie enjoys teaching yoga and exploring the outdoors.

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