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‘It’s okay to be white’ signs spark outrage on campuses

Signs declaring “It’s okay to be white” have been spotted on college campuses across America and even in Canada over the last week, prompting outrage and racial tension.

The signs were launched through a coordinated 4chan campaign, whose users spelled out their “game plan” on the anonymous Internet forum board instructing people to post the signs on campuses to prompt the media to go “completely berserk.”

The ultimate goal was to show what 4chan users called “normies” that “leftists & journalists hate white people,” in turn prompting these middle-of-the-road folks to turn on them in a “massive victory for the right in the culture war.”

So far, the signs have indeed prompted major media coverage and some anger on campus. Others have questioned why saying “it’s okay to be white” is automatically racist.

Colleges such as Harvard, Princeton, Tulane, Western Washington, Auburn, the University of Kansas and Concordia College have had the posters appear on campus. The University of Alberta and the University of Toronto also saw the signs, as did a high school in Maryland.

The signs are typically quickly removed by campus officials or students after they’re discovered.

Even though the campaign has been widely identified as a troll attempt, many took the bait.

“I am deeply disgusted that this organized online campaign to divide university communities across the country has come to our campus. It is shameful that anyone would use these posters to promote a racist agenda,” University of Kansas’ student body president, Mady Womack, told the Kansan.

The flyers were denounced as “racist” and the school’s Multicultural Student Government conveyed an “emergency meeting” over it, according to the report.

At Harvard, the signs came in the form of stickers, where they were condemned as divisive.

The signs also generated a police probe to find the culprit responsible at the University of Alberta in Canada, according to World Net Daily.

“The university is aware of several incidents of racism that have occurred on north campus in recent days… Messaging or displays that target or marginalize any individuals or groups will not be tolerated. We are working with University of Alberta Protective Services to find the parties responsible,” President David Turpin said in a statement.

Similarly, officials at the Maryland-based Montgomery Blair High School have launched an investigation to determine whoever put up the flyers there.

“We are taking this seriously and are investigating this incident. Our research so far has indicated that this may be part of a concerted national campaign to foment racial and political tension in our school and community,” Principal Renay Johnson said in a letter to parents, reports NBC Washington.

At Concordia, President William Craft took a different approach to the campaign, arguing it is indeed OK to be white, and any other color.

“The affirmation of human dignity means that we are an inclusive community: there is and must be a place here for people of different ethnicities and skin colors, of different faith traditions or no faith traditions, of different nations, of different gender identities, of different political convictions,” he said on Facebook. “In that sense, it is indeed okay to be white—and to be black, to be brown, to be Christian, to be Muslim, to be straight, to be gay, to be conservative, to be liberal, and so on. We are stronger for this diversity of identities.”

At Auburn University, a group called the Auburn White Student Union posted some of the flyers on its campus. Those have yet to spark much uproar.

In an email to The College Fix, Hunter, a student at Auburn University and the social media chair of the Auburn White Student Union, said that the campaign “was organized as a response to the anti-white vitriol that is seen far too often these days.”

“The overarching idea for the campaign was quite simple – post an innocent pro-white message which states a simple truth that anyone whom doesn’t hate white people agrees with: ‘It’s Okay to be White,’” Hunter told The Fix. “Because of this simple value statement, it is easy to identify that anyone who disagrees as prejudiced against white people.”

Hunter declined to give his last name.

When asked about the response that has ensued from the campaign, he said “we condemn any outrage caused by the signs as hate against white people.”

“If the signs had said ‘It’s Okay to be Black,’ anyone outraged by that wording would be labeled a racist. Yet somehow prevalent there is a double standard which makes ‘It’s Okay to be White’ an offensive statement. We must work to destroy this unhealthy double standard,” Hunter said.

In addition to campuses, the flyers were found hung around cities as well, including New Orleans; Cambridge, Massachusetts; and Rocky River, Ohio, the Washington Post reported.

To some extent, the campaign has prompted conversation on the notion of whether it’s okay to be white. Fox News host Tucker Carlson chimed in on the campaign by wondering what is the “correct position?”

“That it’s not okay to be white? Being white by the way is not something you can control. Like any ethnicity you’re born with it which is why you shouldn’t attack people for it and yet the left does constantly in case you haven’t noticed. So who’s sowing racial division here? They ought to stop. These things never end well,” Carlson said.

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  • Thelma

    Awesome. More of these signs plz!

    • Zaphod Braden

      easy to print on your own

      • Thelma

        I can even write it by hand. Hey hey!

  • Thelma

    IOKTBW

    woo-hoo

  • Thelma

    Wait…. maybe it’s NOT OK to be white????

    Maybe there should be a final solution…. or something?? We need to judge everyone by their skin colour.

    • BillRind

      i agree, especially the murdering Islamic terrorists who have invaded our nation with the complete help of the Democratic Bolshevik party as well as every Rino republican.

    • thomas jefferson

      THEY used to give everyone entering college an IQ test,if you failed the test NO COLLEGE ,but the women said we want our dog to have a college education,SO IN THE 1960’s they lowered the standards so even a golden retiever could get a passing grade and a PHD,,now the entire government is filled with PHD’S in basket weaving,THANKS GIRLS you destroyed our country with your stupid ideas…….

  • Thelma


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  • Rumplestiltskin

    Want to actually see racism eh? Just wait. If BLM keeps up their Soros funded BS, there will be racism alright when the white community has finally had enough of that 13.2% sniveling bigoted black community. For you insolent Black People out there, Obama is no longer your leader. GET OVER IT !

    The black community will not come out on top of this if they keep up this sniveling victim hood. You might just sing another tune if and when the white community starts sucker punching little old black women and men.

    IT IS CALLED; TURN AROUND IS FAIR PLAY !!! Hope you black sports figures enjoy having your salaries cut. You morons forgot that you are support 75% by white people. You piss us off and bite the hand that feeds you, we will enjoy watching you trying to find a job as a janitor in your Ghettos.

    • BlackSuperman

      First of all you retarded Deporable, no one is afraid of you or care about what you’re pissed off about. No one even cares that you exist, yet you talk as if you speak for all white people. To be perfectly honest people are tired of you white Deporable ones in the white community (including other whites). I can tell the difference between good and bad whites. Blaming minorities and Muslims for all your woes is not getting anyone on your side. Blaming Hispanics because you can’t get jobs you aren’t even good at doing really makes you look dumb. No one is causing you misfortune, you cause it yourself and you cause it for others. At least facts back up what we are saying about discrimination against us. You mess things up when normal white people try to make things better for everyone.
      People in the black community will do better without you far right shills by the way. Obviously Muslims would love for you to go. No one would miss you if you left for Europe, Antarctica, or wherever the fudge you want to go. All the American people are about sick of you crying over simple protest whether it’s taking the knee or making sure schools are not filled with nazi propaganda. We are tired of the far right extremism you bring. You also want to cry about crime yet you can care about helping the poverish areas they come from. Even Right wingers like Ben Shapiro are tired of you.
      I hope the rest of you far right losers looking at my post understand that I don’t care if you troll my post. I realize this website attracts you Deporables. The age of Trumpism was ending yesterday. More people from Trump’s admin will be in jail. His approval rating are garbage. His impeachment could be here soon. At the end of all this Trumpism we will make sure none of you get the chance to screw things up again.

      • Rumplestiltskin

        Yes, I do speak for the majority of white people, in the same way you believe you speak for the majority of black people. If you’re white and you wrote that, then you are literally part of the problem. But, I am surmising that you are a black person, feeling put-upon like all those who would believe that we’re supposed to buy into your victimhood., and it’s all our white fault, Huh !!!

        By the way, just who do you think drug humanity into the 21st Century. It certainly was not the Muslims, Black Africans, Aboriginal Australians, Chinese of the Japanese. When we were sailing the oceans you were still living in Mud huts with thatched roofs my friend, so don’t give me any shit about what you have not achieved in your life. If you have not attained anything of value in your life, it is because you’re lazy not because we forced you into a job that can barely afford you a living. If you don’t like working at McDonalds then get some education and make something of yourself !!!

        • BlackSuperman

          Number one I don’t know what mean by “so don’t give me any shi t about what you have not achieved in your life”. Also “who do you think drug humanity into the 21st Century” doesn’t make sense. Did you say “mud huts”? Lmao what are you talking about? They all didn’t even live in mud huts, and the richer ones had palaces. If you are talking about the poor villagers in Africa then save your breath, most of my ancestors were aristocrats even before the slave trade (I may have some ancestors who were slaves).
          When did I say it was all whites fault?

  • Zaphod Braden

    Denigrate & degrade the White Male …. all Propaganda ….. I mean all media features Black male, White female, White male always depicted as stupid or subservient…. now who designs/approves media?
    It was NEVER about “equality”. IT has always been about REVERSING the roles ….

  • Zaphod Braden

    “white privilege” is CHILD ABUSE ….. it is is a deliberate racist attack on the self image of White children.
    “white privilege” is classic Racist Bullying …… tearing down others rather than lifting yourself up.
    “SJW” spreading the White privilege” MYTH are bullies and mind rapists who use their position of “authority” to create Low Self Esteem, and Negative Self Worth in the minds of those entrusted to their care. They are deliberately damaging your children. These SJW’s are the “kin” of priests and athletic coaches who use their positions of “authority” to sexually assault their wards and SJWs also belong in prison. Those who promote this HATE-message are Passive Aggressive cancers attacking the Healthy Life cells around them. Any professor spouting this “mind rape” should be hung off their Ivory Tower.
    What is to be said about the mental health of those who denigrate and despise their own ancestors in order to feel good? Too shallow minded to consider things from their own ancestor’s viewpoint, and too cowardly to attack others, they revel in trite slogans .

    • fanofjesus

      quote: ” should be hung off their Ivory Tower.”; Or at least hoisted up on their own petards.
      Very good post..

    • Terenc Blakely

      The first steps in any genocide is to demonize and dehumanize your targeted group.

    • Squidly 🇺🇸

      Curtains are hung, people are hanged. Lol. Sorry. But yes, you are correct. The craziness will end some time in the future and America will come to its senses via a reign of terror like that seen in French Rev. Leftists who collaborated to destroy their own people & the culture of their ancestors will be dragged from their homes & hanged from bridges over the great rivers of Europe. Ills of the west today are not consequences of a misguided belief or passive action. It has been a deliberate and aggressive attack of people of European descent.

  • Byrd Westbrook

    Obama is only half okay.

    • GlobalistDespiser

      LOL!!!

    • ANSISdotORG

      Actually, only 1/8th ok, and 1/8th a white racist. He is 3/4 middle eastern.

    • InfinityBall

      Why? is it not ok to be black? the signs don’t say that.

  • Stuart Cockerham

    Why i would never have thought that it was actually OK to be white, at least according to what used to be liberal main-stream media, but is now little more than a dried, river bed of lying whispers and racist-disinformation. Being a half-white, half Native American, I wondered if I was supposed to hate the privileged white side or what? It’s little wonder that the walking brain-dead are so confused and racist after being fully-steeped and indoctrinated in this discriminatory hog wash for so long.

  • Rommsey

    A bunch of hateful snowflakes get triggered.

  • idontknow

    4chan trolled you easier than they trolled Shia Lebouf. Brilliant!!!

    • GlobalistDespiser

      How much do you love 4chan! I am so impressed by these autists.

  • moraywatson

    It’s okay to be me.

    I expect the socialists to be seriously offended by that.

  • PRISON_BTCHH

    WHITE n LOVING IT! don’t like it kiss my beautiful slim youthful whiteazz! hate my culture go back to your indigenous slums and jungles…trust me we wont miss you neither will other latino and black patriots who are secure enough not to hate!

  • obfuscation100

    As stated, which one of us chooses our sex, our parents or our ethnicity? They were attached to us at conception. This anti-white hostility is complete irrationality, which seems to be the core doctrine of evil Marxism. The progressives are clinically insane and should be institutionalized as they are a threat to society.

    Folks have to play the hand they are dealt even if they don’t like it. Parents are supposed to teach that. Anything other than accepting those hard-core realities is at least immaturity and at worst, schizophrenia.

  • Jonney Quest

    Perhaps the “White People” should show up in black face on these College campuses and see what happens. The “Triggering” by the SJWs and Campus Administration would be astronomical.

  • kc4e

    They should also post Its OK TO BE BLACK next to these OK TO BE WHITE signs. Hmm I wonder what sign would stay put?

    • InfinityBall

      Presumably the next step in their trolling

  • GlobalistDespiser

    You guys and gals at College Fix do a STELLAR job! Love your stuff. Keep up the good work. You young people are our future. Make us proud. 🙂

  • Dick Tracy

    It’s OK to be white. White lives matter.

  • BillRind

    your damn right its okay to be white and proclaim it from the roof tops, and turn off all leftist media and do not watch them, these are self loathing lunatic communist whites hell bent on destroying our nation. these sodomite loving pigs are the number 1 enemy of our nation besides the democratic Bolshevik party.

  • Adam

    “Our research so far has indicated that this may be part of a concerted
    national campaign to foment racial and political tension in our school
    and community,”

    Stupid leftist doesn’t realize this is in fact the exact opposite of fomenting racial and political tension, but rather to standup to the racist anti white lefties who have been fomenting racial and political tensions since that marxist, traitor, community organizer POS illegally stole 2 elections for which he was not qualified

  • fanofjesus

    this subtle or no so subtle creation of a new zeitgeist in society-in this case, a zeitgeist that “whites must be hated”, looks just like the one created in Germany that led to the holocaust of the Jews. We never learn from our history.

  • J-Devil

    The fact that you wrote an article about it saying that people are “outraged” already proves thier point.

  • ANSISdotORG

    I am quite offended by the term “white supremacist”, at least as much as black people are offended by the word “nigger”. The MSM repeatedly uses the offensive term “white supremacist” to describe ALL white people without apology, yet black people must be called “African Americans”.

    Why must I be forced to endure the offense while black people are not? I am not a racist of any variety. I am a white man married to an Asian woman with two mixed children. Her best friend is a white woman married to a black man with three mixed kids.

    The truth is, anyone who calls out another person of a different race as being a racist, is in fact the racist projecting his own racism on others.

    This world really sucks. Why do the people, of all races, allow themselves to be used by the money changers to foment a race war? Nobody benefits, and everybody loses but the bankster criminals whose goal is to control the world and destroy what they can not control.

    Many are awake, but more are still sound asleep….

  • felixinmontana

    This is what we have come too.

    POC “You rein supreme”
    White folk: “No i’m just a every day regular guy”
    POC “No, you are superior in every aspect of our society”
    White folk “We are equal”
    POC “We aren’t equal, you are the master race”

    I wonder how this idea persists.

    • Jay Smith

      Well, if they insist, I’m ok with all of that.

  • FredKapelski

    Maybe white people should refuse to pay taxes to support the universities?

  • FredKapelski

    Which “Western Washington University?” Why isn’t this article more specific about the locations of the universities in question?

    • renojmc

      Um, that’s actually the name of the school. It’s in Bellingham, Washington.

      http://www.wwu.edu

      • FredKapelski

        I called the university. They denied the whole thing. I did have the distinct impression from the voice tone that I was being talked down to. So, who knows what is true.

  • Yugo Fukov

    White Pride- World Wide!!!

    Never apologize for being God’s True ELECT.

    They hate White’s bcuz White People have the Light of the Creator within them & are God’s light on this dark Planet. An honest examination of who’s the most Civilized, most organized & who’s contributed the most to the progression of All humanity & who has raised the standard of living for All & then connect the dots with Bible scripture & it’s plain as day who Has the Light of God within them.

    If White People are so Racist & mean why do other people want to live in Thier Civilized Countries where the standard of living is so much higher & Well, things just so seem to be so much better?

    • Bill Miller

      How about taking a long trip to the south pole, with nice Hawai’i-Shirt and Bermudas?
      Hey it’s all white there. Should be fun.

      • Yugo Fukov

        Lol…..your funny Bill, not funny haha but funny Queer!!!

        If I did decide too go to the South Pole I’d survive unlike you COWARD.

        Miller.. hmmm you 1 of (((them))).

        • Bill Miller

          Don’t think so, have been there, done that (IceCube Neutrino Observatory).

  • Bill Miller

    Great subversive if not outright anarchistic action!
    And the reaction of the Authoritarians on the Left made their racism obvious for all.

    The Emperor’s New Clothes!

  • renojmc

    “The university is aware of several incidents of racism that have occurred on north campus in recent days… Messaging or displays that target or marginalize any individuals or groups will not be tolerated. We are working with University of Alberta Protective Services to find the parties responsible,” President David Turpin said in a statement.

    And exactly who has been targeted or marginalized by these innocuous signs? You leftards are seriously unhinged.

  • BlaBlaWA

    It’s ok to be whatever you’re born with. It’s great if you want to improve yourself and the people around you. I think the sign is just a sign. But then again, you have the left folks that get triggered over the most idiotic thing. Is it just me or intellect/logic has gone down the toilet?

  • Passenger_Zero

    Only those who don’t think it’s ok to be white, has an issue with this.

  • lavallette

    “Black Lives Matter” OK; “All Lives matter”. Racist. “Kill the white people” OK; “It is OK to be White” Racist. etc etc etc. Reverse racism is still racism. If you want to abolish racism do not be racist!. However principles do not count among our left progressives and SJW”s. It is “the side” that matters. As to privilege, If a senior female Black executive on a 6 figure salary, invites her male clerk on a mid five figure salary, who pays for the coffee?

  • Count_Yob

    It’s okay to be white. Accept your whiteness.

  • Count_Yob

    Tenets of Cultural Marxism:

    Whiteness is Racism
    Maleness is Sexism
    Heterosexuality is Homophobia
    Gentility is anti-Semitism.

  • Alleged-Comment

    THE problem is NOT whites. The problem is being Negro.

    The sign should have read: IT’S OK TO BE NEGRO.

  • Joe Boltonn

    Many white students are being openly criticized by minority student groups, professors and texts as “oppressors” merely because of their presence on campus. This has caused a backlash, resulting in comical actions like this one, which trivialize the hostility toward them and invite an unfriendly Media to brand them as racists. They need to stop snarking and start seriously complaining to their professors and the college administration.

    • Count_Yob

      It makes them look ridiculous at such a simple and positive thing as white self-acceptance and shows the public the extent to which they’ve climbed out onto an anti-white limb to maintain this cultural marxist victimology.

  • adam knight

    IT IS … alright to be white.

  • Shoo Beedoobee

    I used to be a white male. Now, due to my being urged to select my own gender identity and not settle for the pesky old “XX or XY” chromosome thing…I’ve elected to create my own race so that I’m not a racist or a victim of racism.

    My new race is called “FQ.”

    Join me if you’re tired of this ongoing BS that causes all to lose focus on creating a better world for our kids.

    • Bruiser in Houston

      I like to call my specialty QQQQ. You just pronounce the number of letters followed by the actual letter 🙂

  • Vanessa Stone

    STOP THE HATE SEPERATE.

  • skillett

    I do not see the stickers as racist but rather a protest against the hysteria on campus

  • thomas jefferson

    THIS is a simple Fix,throw all the non whites out of the colleges and universites,Execute all LEFT WING TEACHERS,and their friends………..

  • eddivision15

    Whites are the real minority on Earth…

  • Rumplestiltskin

    So, I’m taking this to mean that it is NOT OK to be white? Those SJW morons are so busy falling all over themselves to be PC, they don’t ever realize they’ve become the epitome of the babbling, drooling nut cases in a Psych ward.

    In reality it is OK to be whatever color you want, whether it is white, black, or any other color in between. Would we have seen this type of push back if the signs had read, ” It’s OK to be Black “.

    When a society which is 68% Caucasian allows minorities to dictate what is PC or not, is really allowing the tail to wag the dog. It is time to call a spade a spade, and tell those minorities that we’ve had enough of their bull shit and that we’ll see them in hell before bowing to their demands. When they act like weak victims to gain sympathy, a few will comply, but the majority of Americans are fed up with their hyperbolic BS.

    I say, if the colored community wants a war with us White Americans have the balls to come right out and say so, so we can get this race war going and put an end to this contentious debate. If you are not man enough to stand up and be counted about your true intentions, then you are a coward. The sad part here though is that they would rather kill each other, (500 this year in Chicago and Detroit) than to aim their cowardice at who they hate. Is it because if they continue to hurt white people, they would soon be engaged by the wrath of White America.

    YES, IT IS OK TO BE WHITE, WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT

  • HA

    Progressives hate white people. It’s not okay to hate white people.

  • Deserttrek

    great and do it more and more

  • viktor

    Makes my heart smile XD

  • Jack Spratt

    How could anyone disagree? Unless, of course, you hate white people.

    • Bruiser in Houston

      White Guilt

  • MAGA Knight Leo

    Good on the Concordia president for a rational response.

  • InklingBooks

    Perhaps they should follow up with signs saying:
    “It’s OK to be Jewish.”
    “It’s OK to be Asian.”
    “It’s OK to be a man.”
    “It’s OK to be old.”

    You get the point.

    • fanofjesus

      and: it’s okay to be a Christian”

  • DaveMD ✓ᴺᵃᵗᶦᵒᶰᵃˡᶦˢᵗᴰʳ

    The fact that there’s such a hubbub over this innocuous statement (well, it *ought* to be innocuous!) demonstrates that those currently controlling the West’s levers of power – especially in academia – are overtly anti-White. This used to be “fringe” thinking, but I think it’s now rather clear to everyone

    It’s OK to be White – and proud of your heritage!

  • Truthteller

    Couldn’t agree more with what the kid from Auburn said!

  • Kathy Grey

    The USA has gone completely around the bend! People plowing trucks into joggers in NYC, people mowing down folks in church, and *this* is the thing that upsets some folks? LOL Well, it IS “okay to be white”. It’s okay to be gay. It’s okay to be of African descent, European descent, it’s okay to be whatever you are. It’s okay. It’s NOT OKAY TO KILL FOLKS. Focus on THAT. I’m moving to the Caribbean.

  • nth

    White people are awesome! European culture and heritage is awesome!

    • Bruiser in Houston

      I (heart) Western Civilization!!!

      • nth

        Are you with Herd? You gotta abandon that ship.

  • Robert What?

    The message to White people: “Give us your money and the fruits of your productivity and then fuck off.”

    • Bruiser in Houston

      Actually, “Give us your money, all your stuff, and then die!”

  • Dean Winchester

    Why is it for white people to not be proud of being white? PS: I am not white

  • Rig P

    But…it is ok to be white…

  • BlackSuperman

    Gee I wonder why no one wanted white nationalists to put up their dumb flyers at schools. Could it be……they are concern that you even have a presence at their schools? Is really about the sign saying “it’s ok to be white” and more about white nationalists targeting the schools themselves?

    • Gibson

      So you are saying it is not OK to be White? It’s not OK to show pride in who you are. Is it OK to be Black, Asian, Latino but not White for some reason with you?