Purdue president releases 2nd statement reiterating the intolerance for racism

Some of the posters put up around Purdue by the political organization American Vanguard said: "White guilt, free yourself from cultural Marxism" and "We have a right to exist" with a picture of a white man and woman. But other posters on the group's website said: "American Vanguard, for a white America" and "Imagine, a Muslim-free America." (WLFI Photo)
Some of the posters put up around Purdue by the political organization American Vanguard said: "White guilt, free yourself from cultural Marxism" and "We have a right to exist" with a picture of a white man and woman. But other posters on the group's website said: "American Vanguard, for a white America" and "Imagine, a Muslim-free America." (WLFI Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Purdue President Mitch Daniels is reiterating the University’s intolerance for racism after white supremacy posters were found throughout campus Wednesday.

As News 18 reported, Daniels first released a statement Wednesday saying he refuses to give the group the attention it doesn’t deserve. A “No White Supremacy at Purdue” emergency meeting was held by students and faculty Wednesday night, and they demanded more from the president.

On Thursday, Daniels addressed the Purdue community again. He said his words may not have been harsh enough for some, but each person can choose the language he or she thinks best meets an occasion like this.

Daniels continued, “But Purdue University’s opposition to racism in all its forms couldn’t be more clear, both from yesterday’s statement and a host of others that preceded it. No action by a self-promoting fringe group can do anything to change that; in fact, it only furnishes another opportunity to underscore our commitment to equal access and opportunity, inclusion, and respect for all people.”

The Purdue Social Justice Coalition still plans to hold a demonstration Monday on the steps of Hovde Hall.

Here’s the full statement released by President Daniels:

“My condemnation of the apparent motives behind the posters at issue wasn’t sufficiently strident for some, and that’s fair enough. Each person can choose the language he or she thinks best meets an occasion like this. But Purdue University’s opposition to racism in all its forms couldn’t be more clear, both from yesterday’s statement and a host of others that preceded it. No action by a self-promoting fringe group can do anything to change that; in fact, it only furnishes another opportunity to underscore our commitment to equal access and opportunity, inclusion, and respect for all people.”