University of Minnesota-Duluth suspends involvement with "divisive" Un-Fair Campaign [VIDEO]

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UMD pulled its support for this billboard, saying the message proved too alienating.
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A week after UMD Chancellor Lynn Black said his school remained "very much committed to the goals of the [Un-Fair] Campaign," university administrators changed their minds last week and "indefinitely suspended" their sponsorship.

The Un-Fair Campaign has been controversial since its anti-white privilege billboards debuted in Duluth last winter. With messaging centered on an "It's hard to see racism where you're white" theme, critics contend the campaign is unnecessarily divisive and contradicts itself by using racism to combat racism.

UMD's decision came on the heels of the Un-Fair Campaign's latest video spot. Released last month, the spot shows white people with anti-racist slogans scrawled across their foreheads, such as "society was set up for us." The video is embedded below the jump.

While reaffirming the school's commitment to the campaign on June 25, chancellor Black criticized the latest video spot. He said several people complained to the school about the video's message and expressed concern that UMD had produced the clip. That wasn't the case, but as one of the campaign's 18 sponsors, UMD had helped pay to put up the Un-Fair Campaign's billboards and air its public service announcements.

Without further ado, here's the controversial video (the top YouTube comments urge viewers to "throw that white guilt message out the nearest window" and characterize the campaign as "Another Anti-white propaganda campaign aimed to degrade the white race into submission):



All 18 sponsors met on July 2. A UMD press release published later that day announced the school was pulling out of the campaign, saying the anti-white privilege message had "alienated some UMD alumni, supporters and others in the broader community."

The release characterized the campaign's messaging and creative emphasis as "divisive," adding that UMD and the other 17 sponsors -- including the city of Duluth, Community Action Duluth, the University of Wisconsin-Superior, the YWCA, Central Labor Body, and Lake Superior College -- will meet on July 17 to discuss changing Un-Fair's creative direction. According to the Duluth News Tribune, none of the campaign's other partners has indicated they want to pull out.

UMD's decision comes just days after one of the Un-Fair Campaign's Duluth billboards was defaced with a Confederate flag and a racial slur, indicating that the "hard to see racism when you're white" message remains a divisive issue in the 90-percent-white city.

Despite the decision to suspend its involvement with the Un-Fair Campaign, UMD's press release said the school "continues to advance its strategic goal of creating a positive and inclusive campus climate for all by advancing equity, diversity and social justice."

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Reginald Charleston
Reginald Charleston

This "campaign" was a fiasco. Fewer and fewer of us are buying into the White guilt trip. It seems that when UM-D funding was threatened they suddenly had a change of heart. The fact is that massive third-world immigration and forced integration is being required of EVERY White country and ONLY White countries, and according to the United Nations this is genocide. Anti-Whites will talk about anything but White genocide. The word going around is that anti-racist is just a code word for anti-White.  

Gay Ted
Gay Ted

Thanks for your Vote!

Drew
Drew

Did you really just cite china as an example of a stable homogeneous society? As something to be held up as an example? Also consider how "stable" homogeneously populated places like India or Greece are. I'm glad that half cocked analysis confirmed your own biases but next time maybe keep it to yourself. It's embarrassing.

Drew
Drew

So, um, there's no such thing as white privilege because there's crime in a predominantly black neighborhood? And a huge racial disparity in income and incarceration rates somehow indicates that racism doesn't exist? Nice "facts," I think they refute your point nicely. "they are doing it to themselves" is probably the most intellectually lazy thing I've ever heard. As if the cause of poverty and crime is simply poverty and crime. You really have two choices when you look at stark racial divides in statistics like income, education level, and incarceration rates. You can say its a product of inherent differences between races (racist answer) in a fair system, or it's a product of a biased system that treats fundamentally equal human beings differently because of their skin color, national origin, and other qualities (reasoned answer).

Guest
Guest

Um the first amendment limits govt power, not citypages.

MrGasso
MrGasso

Let's cut ALL funding to the U of M....aka the "Ivory Phallus"...............They deserve NOTHING!

Mumbasa
Mumbasa

Why she gotta call everyone a racist? You know who I talking about.

Watusi Jenkins
Watusi Jenkins

Because they are prone to violence. Don't you read the news?

Watusi Jenkins
Watusi Jenkins

Doug: That may be true, but more importantly, diversity has destroyed the United States. Nations that have a homogeneous society are generally more stable (i.e. Japan, China, Canada, etc.) than those who are not (i.e. the U.S., France, Spain).  When different cultures clash in a society, only turmoil will result.   When the founding Fathers of the United States declared, "bring us your poor", etc., they were referring to white European immigrants who came to America to work and/or start businesses.  Unfortunately, slavery ensued, forcing Africans to work as slaves.  When the Civil War ended, and the slaves were set free, crime in America increased.  Part of it was was "Anti-Establishment" (read Black Panthers), but most of it was (and still is) black on black crime.  Then in the 70's-80's, the Mexican (legal or not) population began to invade the United States.  Most of them came here to work, yes, but the unfortunate side effect were Mexican drug gangs (luckily, we have not seen this in Minneapolis......yet.  But go to Los Angeles and see what the war zone is like down there.)  Then we have the Somalis who insist that Americans should succumb to Islamic (Sharia) Law.   Bottom line is that you can see where we are headed. And it is not in a good direction. America was founded upon and FOR white European people.  Call it racist all you like, but it is the truth.  In the history of the world, there has never been a nation who succeeded with a multi-cultural society.  Some may disagree with me and argue that the United States is a prime example of a successful nation of diversity, but we are no longer a success story.  We are an embarrassment to the world.  Yes, part of it has to do with politics, but more importantly......well, instead of stating a theory, let me give you an example: A colleague of mine and his wife came to Minneapolis for a holiday.  They live in Pakistan.  Pakistan is considered by most Americans as a third-world shit hole.  And honestly, it is. However, when I was driving them through downtown Minneapolis on Saturday night (around 1 am), both of them asked me, "why do these blacks stand around the street corners?  What are they doing?"  My response was, "they are doing charity work".   They both laughed.   Enough said.

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