Stop the Un-Fair Campaign's new Duluth billboard: 'Embrace diversity, don't deface it'

Categories: Duluth, Racism
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Stop the Un-Fair Campaign is fighting billboards with billboards.
-- University of Minnesota-Duluth suspends involvement with "divisive" Un-Fair Campaign [VIDEO]
-- 11 white supremacists turn out in Duluth, get pelted with snowballs
-- "It's hard to see racism when you're white" billboards roil Duluth

The Un-Fair Campaign has divided Duluth since "It's hard to see racism when you're white" billboards first debuted last winter. Now, a new anti-Un-Fair Campaign group is putting some money where its mouth is.

A new billboard near downtown Duluth calls for the end of the anti-racism effort that has allegedly done more harm than good. "Diversity: Embrace it. Don't Deface it. STOP the Un-Fair Campaign," it reads.

The Un-Fair Campaign's goal is to make white people aware of white privilege, but singling out white people does more harm than good, says a statement on Stop the Un-Fair Campaign's website:
This is a place for people of all races, creeds and colors to come together to join in the fight against racism, and with a common goal: to END the Un-Fair Campaign in Duluth, MN because of its divisive nature, as it persists in using negative stereotyping of all white people in its attempt to address racism, an issue that negatively affects us all.

We believe that you simply cannot open a discussion on racism and hope to see it move in a positive direction when you raise the topic by stereotyping an entire race. It will be perceived as biased and accusatory. Instead of spreading love and togetherness, it spreads animosity and hate, teaches a new generation to point fingers and focus on the color of our skin instead of the idea that we're all human, and we're all in this together.

Because the Un-Fair campaign has chosen to base their efforts on a racist stereotype, and more recently have decided that they wish to change the very definition of the word racist to include only white people, we can't bring ourselves to support it, and there are thousands who feel the same.
The site calls for a boycott of the Un-Fair Campaign's 16 remaining sponsors, including the YWCA, city of Duluth, University of Wisconsin-Superior, and League of Women Voters.

In June, the University of Minnesota-Duluth decided to pull out of the Un-Fair Campaign after a video spot "alienated some UMD alumni, supporters and others in the broader community" with an allegedly divisive message. But even in the wake of Stop the Un-Fair Campaign's billboard buy, there's no indication the other 16 sponsors are thinking of following UMD's lead and severing ties.

An Un-Fair Campaign spokeswoman told the Northland's NewsCenter that the campaign plans to publish a report in October detailing the campaign's successes and shortcomings thus far.

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Celebrate Divershitty, NAIVE white-guilt "progressives"!  These brave strong youfs pack-attacked a young white woman!  It's OK though, they were just helping to relieve her of some of her unearned "white privilege"!   Where's Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, Rachel Maddow, Amy Goodman, or any of the other white-guilters who screeched for months about poor Saint Trayvon of the Skittles?


Woman hopes video will help ID attackers

Tuesday, 04 Sep 2012, 6:42 PM EDT Published : Tuesday, 04 Sep 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

Rich Newberg Posted by: Eli George

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - When a 24-year-old woman saw a deli worker in trouble, she tried to help and ended up paying a painful price. Now she's hoping a video will help identify her attackers.

The victim, whose name and identity News 4 is protecting, suffered broken bones above her right eye and a fractured nose after being assaulted by some of these teenaged boys shown in surveillance video from the deli. The boys had been inside before the attack, filling their pockets with items they allegedly didn't pay for.

She happened to be outside the deli at the time and noticed the young brother of the owner chasing the alleged shoplifters confronting them. Then the mob, including some teenaged girls, turned on her. She was mercilessly beaten by six to ten people.

"Within five seconds, [I] was surrounded by a group of boys who just started punching me in the face. And when I fell to the ground they kept hitting me, and I stood up once and they knocked me down again and started kicking me in the face and back," the woman said.

She said Buffalo Police showed up quickly, but did not make any arrests, even though she could identify at least one of the girls who was still on the street.

She also says the boy, seen in the video wearing a red hat and red shirt in the upper right frame, was the one who initially punched her and broke bones in her face. The injuries will require surgery.

The victim said, "The bone is fractured in multiple places, and my nose is fractured, so they have to put in a wire mesh to keep all the bones together so that my muscles can work properly. Right now my eyes aren't moving correctly."

In another incident just days ago, four Buffalo State students were assaulted in another part of the west side at Grant and Potomac. One of the students was shot and all of them were robbed.

Students are being warned not to venture to off-campus neighborhoods unfamiliar to them, to be aware of their surroundings and all time, and not to travel alone. The city is stepping up patrols around colleges and universities.

Mayor Byron Brown said, "We don't tolerate this type of crime anywhere, to anyone in the city. The police are following up very aggressively."

The mayor was not aware of the west side assault until we brought it to his attention on Tuesday. His spokesman, Mike DeGeorge said he will look into it.

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