"OK to Be White" Signs a "Sign of the Times"?


November 7, 2017 11:47 AM
by Susan Dutca
It's okay to be white signs were scattered on college campuses across the country, as well as in Canada over the past week. Reportedly, the signs were first suggested on an online chat forum called 4chan, calling on people to place posters in their area on Halloween night. At Harvard Law School, at least 20 handmade stickers with the message It's ok to be white were posted on light poles and electrical boxes. Harvard Law's Dean of Students Marcia Sells condemned the posters, stating the posters and stickers are intended to divide us from one another and that HLS will not let that happen here. The Department of Public Works removed the stickers shortly thereafter. Even after they had been removed, the message continued to circulate via social media through hashtags and videos, gaining both condemnation and support.

"It's okay to be white" signs were scattered on college campuses across the country, as well as in Canada over the past week. Reportedly, the signs were first suggested on an online chat forum called 4chan, calling on people to place posters in their area on Halloween night. At Harvard Law School, at least 20 handmade stickers with the message "It's ok to be white" were posted on light poles and electrical boxes. Harvard Law's Dean of Students Marcia Sells condemned the posters, stating the posters and stickers are "intended to divide us from one another" and that "HLS will not let that happen here." The Department of Public Works removed the stickers shortly thereafter. Even after they had been removed, the message continued to circulate via social media through hashtags and videos, gaining both condemnation and support.

According to a report on WUSA9 TV, the message represented "a concentrated effort to foment racial and political tension." Media Matters attacked Fox News Tucker Carlson for "suggesting that the hysteria over the 'OK to be white' postings was wrong-headed." According to the Washington Post, "...the episode is indicative of the efforts white-nationalist groups have made to recruit in and around the nation's college campuses and other mainstream settings with claims of growing white maltreatment and expanding anti-white discrimination."

The posters have also been spotted in Rocky River, Ohio; at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota; at Tulane University in New Orleans; at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland.; around college campuses in Cambridge, Massachusetts (including Harvard Yard); and at the University of Alberta in Canada.

In your opinion, were these signs inappropriate and/or divisive? Why or why not?

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Ryan L  on  12/7/2017 5:15:51 AM commented:

I see discrimination against whites all the time in the corporate world. It's like they took "diversity" and the four-fifths rule WAY too far. I think these firms realize they can pay non-whites less money and then actually be praised by utilizing diversity as a guise. This is of course indicative of only my experience, but it is definitely becoming more common. Soon the best way to get into school or a job will be to list yourself as a gay, transgender, Native American-black-Asian.

Spencer B  on  12/2/2017 3:08:48 PM commented:

I don't know the actual basis behind this "It's Ok To Be White" movement, but I think it's ok. No, whites are not under the same discrimination as some other ethnic groups, but especially this year I have seen a lot of movement against whites, labelling everyone Caucasian, especially white males, as Neonazis, racists, and sexists. Yes, there are a lot of whites that are these things, but it's not okay to generalize whites anymore than it's okay to generalize women, or blacks, or any other group. Yes, there are plenty of blacks that are criminals, but there's plenty of white criminals too. Yes, women are physically weaker in average, biologically speaking, but that doesn't mean that they are any less than men, and plenty of women I know are plenty strong enough to kick anyone's trash. Yes, there are plenty of white supremacists, and many white supremacists are not great people, but not all whites are like this. That's what I think the movement is about.

Destinee A  on  11/28/2017 7:15:33 PM commented:

I don't see anything wrong with the phase "it's ok to be white" who ever said it wasn't, it's just like saying it's okay to be any other skin tone. If I saw one of those signs while walking to class, I would wonder three things: who posted it, what kind of person are they, and why they felt need to post up that statement. then I would decide if it came from a divisive place or not.

John S.  on  11/25/2017 3:07:41 PM commented:

The question is, why is not okay to be white? People can't control the melanin in their skin at birth. and having a certain color of skin doesn't make you inherently good or bad. The current political climate absolutely despises white people, so much so that white guilt is a major issue among most if not all white Social Justice Warriors. people keep mentioning the context of the signs. WHat context? that a few people on 4chan thought it would be funny to shitpost? this doesn't have some racist double entendre. even then; politics, religon, sexual identity, etc etc should be left out of colleges. its all well and good to believe what you believe, but when you force it upon others; it builds resentment. and many people argue that it has to be racist since it was 4chan. So, a statement made by a bad person is automatically a bad statement? " Words build bridges into unexplored regions " -Adolf Hitler. bad person = bad statement. and if not, check your hypocrisy.

Brittany S.  on  11/25/2017 2:51:13 AM commented:

I imagine most students participating in this new "movement" have been raised with privilege and sort of expect people to continue treating them like they have their entire lives. The Black Lives Matter movement aims to protect the lives of the African American community first and foremost, but has secondarily called upon the white population to question their own privilege in the face of their tragedies brought to surface. I think these students have failed to understand why the BLM movement exists and in order to continue believing their entitled to that privilege, they tell themselves that their experience should not be questioned and having that privilege should not make them feel guilty. So although the signs themselves are not inherently racist, they come from a white guilt standpoint and continue to shut down voices that need to be heard.

Felix K  on  11/24/2017 4:10:49 PM commented:

If BLM is acceptable than this is too. Enough said. I don't support either "movements".

Brittany S.  on  11/22/2017 2:03:59 PM commented:

I imagine most students participating in this new "movement" have been raised with privilege and sort of expect people to continue treating them like they have their entire lives. The Black Lives Matter movement aims to protect the lives of the African American community first and foremost, but has secondarily called upon the white population to question their own privilege in the face of their tragedies brought to surface. I think these students have failed to understand why the BLM movement exists and in order to continue believing their entitled to that privilege, they tell themselves that their experience should not be questioned and having that privilege should not make them feel guilty. So although the signs themselves are not inherently racist, they come from a white guilt standpoint and continue to shut down voices that need to be heard.

Steve Y  on  11/21/2017 6:37:33 PM commented:

I’ve run into them @ George Mason University as well. This is appalling, there’s no place for this on college campuses. Deplorable behavior!

Renee K.  on  11/20/2017 11:49:49 AM commented:

Typical entitlement syndrome. The rest of the country is used to this from them. "What about ME!"

Si'mone J  on  11/16/2017 12:56:34 PM commented:

Before I started this I went through the comments to see how others felt on it. People are stating that the Black Lives Matter movement is racist but fail to state exactly how it is racist. The Black Lives Matter movement was created to focus on the unfair treatment of black people in today's American Society. The "It's OK to be white" posters seemed to have been trying to send a message related to racism but in the end people were offended by it because that's how they perceived it. The signs didn't cause the problem nor complaints, the context of the signs did. Others in the comments are stating that the signs didn't have a slight racist edge to them, even after considering the places that they appeared. The Washington Post claimed that the signs were for the maltreatment of white citizens but as far as I'm concerned the white race is privileged when it comes to certain aspects of life.

Tyler G  on  11/16/2017 12:23:44 PM commented:

No one has ever said that there was anything wrong with being white, so what's the point of the signs other than to say "Don't forget about me!! I was important first" in a world that has began to appreciate its minorities? There is no blatant discrimination against white people anywhere like there was against actual minorities in the world, such as apartheid in South Africa, the Muslim Ban that Trump has imposed, and even the Jim Crow laws that were in effect in America not even 100 years ago. Minorities have begun to create safe spaces and appreciation for each other in a world where they previously didn't exist, and white people are angry about for what other reason than it's not all about them now? White privilege is still as prevalent in the world as it was back then, it's just that it's not being accepted as the norm as much, and racists are outraged.

Tyler G  on  11/16/2017 7:54:59 AM commented:

No one has ever said that there was anything wrong with being white, so what's the point of the signs other than to say "Don't forget about me!! I was important first" in a world that has began to appreciate its minorities? There is no blatant discrimination against white people anywhere like there was against actual minorities in the world, such as apartheid in South Africa, the Muslim Ban that Trump has imposed, and even the Jim Crow laws that were in effect in America not even 100 years ago. Minorities have begun to create safe spaces and appreciation for each other in a world where they previously didn't exist, and white people are angry about for what other reason than it's not all about them now? White privilege is still as prevalent in the world as it was back then, it's just that it's not being accepted as the norm as much, and racists are outraged.

Si'mone J  on  11/16/2017 6:03:14 AM commented:

Before I started this I went through the comments to see how others felt on it. People are stating that the Black Lives Matter movement is racist but fail to state exactly how it is racist. The Black Lives Matter movement was created to focus on the unfair treatment of black people in today's American Society. The "It's OK to be white" posters seemed to have been trying to send a message related to racism but in the end people were offended by it because that's how they perceived it. The signs didn't cause the problem nor complaints, the context of the signs did. Others in the comments are stating that the signs didn't have a slight racist edge to them, even after considering the places that they appeared. The Washington Post claimed that the signs were for the maltreatment of white citizens but as far as I'm concerned the white race is privileged when it comes to certain aspects of life.

Robert C  on  11/14/2017 7:48:57 PM commented:

The signs by the themselves are not problematic, but we have to consider the context. There's an internet subculture, epitomized by communities like reddit's "The_Donald", that are using ideas such as this one to create controversies and in their words, "red pill normies". The alt-right thrives in plausible deniability and by shrouding its ideas in respectability it gains sympathy from moderate whites and other groups that normally would not tolerate its ideas. The fact that this campaign originated in 4Chan shows its true intentions. That community excels in engineering outrage to spread its ideas. Of course its okay to be white. It doesn't need to be stated, but by planting a lawn sign these people are tacitly endorsing the alt right.

Emma H  on  11/14/2017 12:32:34 PM commented:

I find nothing wrong with these signs. This clearly means some white students got so fed up that they decided to plaster posters and stickers all over campus. At that point, rather than saying "sit down, little privileged kid" maybe we should realize that there's maltreatment among ALL races, whites included. Racism is an issue and it's not specific to one race or another.

Traniya J  on  11/12/2017 7:42:56 AM commented:

Personally, I don’t think there is anything wrong with the signs, of course it’s okay to be White just like it’s okay to be Black or Mexican or whatever race/heritage you are. I don’t think they were needed though. In America we are a very racially divided country, you can argue against that but we are. I think in the times we are living in the times we are living in we shouldn’t just focus on one race at time but all of them because even though I don’t believe these signs meant to do any harm or divide anyone. I do believe there was a better approach to it.

Ryan J  on  11/11/2017 3:57:24 PM commented:

I think that this was the result of frustration of white students. I definitely agree that racism was wrong, but in all honestly, has anyone *ever* seen a scholarship for a white person? There are so many scholarships out there for high achieving minorities, but not many for white people as a majority. In my opinion, there shouldn’t be any scholarships or bias given based based on race whatsoever.

Jacqueline M  on  11/10/2017 10:53:23 AM commented:

I'm not sure how it is in other places, but in the town I reside, there is far more racism towards mixed race people who only look white. I think its a great idea to open people's eyes up, force them to see everything. After all, I have already heard it being called a "hate crime"? Like, seriously? Does that make me racist for wanting to be comfortable in my own family, or would everyone prefer I began hating myself just because I am not as dark as the rest? My dear friend is black. By saying it is okay to be white, I am not saying he is any less of a person. I'm just saying its not a shitty thing to be who I was born as.

Mike J  on  11/9/2017 7:25:16 PM commented:

While I think there is nothing inherently wrong with the signs, I think that there is no reason or need for them. As whites are the majority and have inherent privileges because of this, this group doesn't need to be pandered to and coddled.

Jacob F.  on  11/9/2017 10:34:00 AM commented:

Everyone is getting pushed around, by everyone. Supposed activists bring down others in order to raise themselves. At the same time there are racist who make excuses to justify their behavior. Scholarships have been made to help those who's mistreatment is obvious, completely ignoring the injustices being done to others. Whites are often mocked and vilified for the horrendous deeds of their ancestors. However people tend to overlook the fact that many of the people involved in achieving equal rights were their descendants, who were disgusted by their history. However it is their heritage, and they don't want to loose it. This is why they are doing this, because they are simply scared. Now college campuses are not public grounds though, and therefore it is their right to decide what goes. However they should remain neutral if they are truly interested in achieving a safe environment for all colors, sexuality, and religions. If one group can make a complain, then all should be able to.

Andrew M  on  11/9/2017 9:11:56 AM commented:

I knew about this the day that it happened, and I knew that this would be the immediate response. While many see this as nothing more than an alt-right division project (which has quite a lot of truth to it), I see this as a cultural equivalent of a modern day trial court case. The signs were put up not necessarily to create division, but to expose it. The object of the project was to observe the greater reaction from it, provoking the question "if it really is OK to be white, then why are the signs being torn down and the story circulating as a racist hate incident?" While Black Lives Matter posters (I am not speaking on the movement itself in this case, but the message behind the name) are dotted all across campuses nationwide, the white equivalent is immediately snuffed out as hate or bigotry. The way to beat 4chan is the leave the signs be, since the project relies upon taking offence at a totally harmless phrase. I'm black, btw.

Lori N  on  11/9/2017 12:12:14 AM commented:

I do not believe they are devisive. If our country is going to tell some groups of people to speak freely and others to shut up, haven't they become the very thing they despise? Grow a skin, stop whining, and be thankful that none of us ...black, white, Jewish, fill-in- the blank actually participated in or were recipients of the atrocities that those who came before is did.

Davieon W.  on  11/8/2017 10:55:15 PM commented:

This is not racist in the slightest! It's just an simple message stating the obvious. If you are against this then you are saying that it's NOT okay to be white, making YOU the racist!

Alex F.  on  11/8/2017 6:03:40 PM commented:

It isn't racist to put up signs saying it's okay to be white. If that's the case, then Black Lives Matter is racist. This world has become so hypocritical and centered on the supposed inequalities in today's society that white men in general are now being suppressed in ways that most of society doesn't realize. If anything there is now an inequality amongst white males now a days.

Trisha J.  on  11/8/2017 1:39:23 PM commented:

...and Black Lives Matter signs aren't divisive?

Kirra B.  on  11/8/2017 1:12:20 PM commented:

I also think this is not a white supremacist statement. If if were, it would say "Better to be white" not "It's OK to be white." It's not saying that being white is better than being any other color, the very core of white supremacist groups . I do feel an increase in hostility towards not only white, but other races as well. I grow weary at all the hatred we as human beings have towards each other based only on our outer shells. The fight should not be against whites, or blacks, or any other race, but against the hatred that divides us all. You need all sorts of colors to make a rainbow; you need all sorts of diversity to make a world.

William W  on  11/8/2017 12:02:06 PM commented:

I believe that these signs, were a political statement and are not inappropriate or divisive. In today's society the left has made it seem like it is a sin to be white, or male, or even a Christian. These days you can get a scholarship for being a woman, black, Muslim, a refugee, just about anything but a white Christian male. The students that posted these papers around campus are reminding people that no matter what others say there is nothing wrong with being white.

Chris R  on  11/8/2017 11:49:55 AM commented:

I see nothing wrong with the signs. There has been a growing stigmatism that white is bad. All of the racial inequality that is projected in this country lately especially with the african american community is not about how they are not treated equal. Its about them pushing themselves ahead as being elite by saying that they are mistreated and using "white" people as a scapegoat as means to push the issue. Every time anything "white" comes to play. Its racial. The postings say. "Ok to be white" it doesnt say "its better to be white" which inturn makes the actions especially done by the powers at be, to be preceived as.. Its not ok to be white.. Which means whites are preceived as not equal and what we are trying to eliminate.. Racial inequality. I can post. Its ok to be lgbtq, its ok to be black, its ok to be hispanic. Etc. And its perceived as striving for equality but its not ok to use white... Because it shows inequality. How interesting.. Right?

Tracy N  on  11/8/2017 10:57:41 AM commented:

So its not okay to put "Its okay to be white" but its okay to say Black Lives Matter? Sounds unfair to me!

Riley R  on  11/8/2017 10:40:11 AM commented:

This feels less like a White supremacist statement and more someone feeling trampled, accused and condemned for the sins of the fathers. Saying that something is okay isn't a call for it to be considered superior, it is a plea to not be treated as inferior

Leah B.  on  11/8/2017 9:29:42 AM commented:

It is okay to be white, brown, red, green, purple, or grey. I've seen people of all races turn all of these colors. At various times, I have even been all of these colors. I am weary of being singled out because of my color, no matter what it is today. It has nothing to do with slave ownership or not, but some people always make it about that. I had family that came to America as indentured servants and slaves. I had family that owned slaves. I had family with no money and no status. I also acknowledge that times were different then, and I'm tired of being blamed for it. There are still slaves in every country, now called different names (sex slaves, under-privileged, under-paid, hostages, to name just a few) but they are slaves, all the same. We should ALL stop whining our opinions about it, take responsibility for it, get an education about the truth of it, and WORK to do something about it. Action is much more effective than protest.

Bailey R  on  11/8/2017 9:27:00 AM commented:

If people can post " black lives matter", what could possibly be wrong with posting " it's OK to be white"? To me it sounds like a bit of hypocrisy! Just leave the signs at home and become ONE color "American"

Ernesto C  on  11/8/2017 8:55:29 AM commented:

I am hispanic (mexican) and proud of it. I don't think there is anything wrong with being white and being proud of that. There is nothing wrong with the sign "It's ok to be white". Last I remember, every time I fill out official documents I have to check the race box that says I am "white". There is not a box for race that says hispanic, latino, or mexican. Be proud of who you are white people. White lives matter too.

Charles B  on  11/8/2017 7:16:42 AM commented:

It IS ok to be white...or black or Asian or Hispanic. And it's ok to say it or type it or write it on a sign. There is nothing inately wrong or malicious about that. The question is "why did some people feel they needed to do that?" In my opinion, there is a growing discrimination toward white people simply bc of skin color. What do we call that? Racism. How I wish we could all forget the skin color. Honestly, I think most people have. But there are a few LOUD voices that spread division among our citizens. I believe they are the minority. We who are not racist and don't like being labeled as racist, or privileged, or an underprivileged victim need to figure out how to spread unity in a LOUD way.

Tina N  on  11/8/2017 6:45:20 AM commented:

I don’t think it was intended to be divisive, but rather, inclusive. It’s OK to be any color, and no one should be treated any better or worse because of their color. Only that is true integration.

Abigail C.  on  11/8/2017 6:37:21 AM commented:

Every single human race has racist individuals. To target white people as a whole as being racist is sad .. i find it hilarious that certain races can protest and shout out “Equality for all” and beg for the stereotypes to stop , when they stereotype others as well . There are good and bad people in every single race , but we’re all human . If everyone could stop making race a catergory , we would be more united . This is the “United” states of America and regarding Canada , well every country should have unity so the same goes. Its okay to be whoever you are , make that a poster .

Beverly C  on  11/8/2017 5:11:00 AM commented:

Singling out ANY race causes a stir. It should go without saying that it's OK to be WHOEVER you are. Society should not need signs and posters to reinforce the validity of ANY race. ALL lives matter. The problem is, however, our history reflects the poor treatment of minorities by whites and therefore raises up groups that feel they must have a voice and legitimately so. On the flip side of that are the whites who also want a voice perhaps to disassociate from racist mentality and thus "it's OK to be white" becomes the statement. Bottom line is ALL lives matter and it's OK to be YOU without racial, class, sexual orientation or any other divisive distinction.

Malik P  on  11/8/2017 12:13:41 AM commented:

If it isn't okay to be white, then it naturally follows that it isn't okay to be who you are. It is absolutely okay to be white, just like it is okay to be black, Hispanic, Asian, or European. A good trick I learned is to swap out the word "white" with "black" on statements like this. If that suddenly makes it racist, then it was a racist statement to begin with.

Audrey C  on  11/7/2017 11:01:20 PM commented:

In my opinion, the signs were not appropriate because they do create racial tension. Today in the United States, there has been a lot of dispute and division between our nation especially with whites, blacks, and hispanics. Of course it is okay to be white, however, I think it is also important to know why and how white people have been involved in racist history. The sign could very much likely be a message to all saying that not all white people are evil, racist, and conservative. The only problem with the sign is that it does cause racial tension between all races. We are living in times where there is a lot less unity and everyone tries to blame one another instead of coming together and trying to understand one another.

She G.  on  11/7/2017 10:33:47 PM commented:

This is clearly in response to certain people who irrationally kiss up to POC or believe themselves to be superior for being POC by giving anyone of any ethnicity or race praise unless they're white, where in that case they're looked down upon. The only problem I see is the reaction that this is meant to divide people when it's literally being supportive.

Common sense  on  11/7/2017 10:32:31 PM commented:

Of course its ok to love yourself, therfore it's great to be the race/culture that you are.

Forrest C.  on  11/7/2017 10:22:49 PM commented:

Logic, as in a more formal logic, would ask the question: "It is true?" If it is true, who opposes it? If it is not true, who supports it? Or maybe, is the divisiveness of something more important than whether or not it is true? Let's stop talking about equality as if we agreed on what it is.

Bart L.  on  11/7/2017 10:17:56 PM commented:

"It's OK to be white" does not sound like a sign any white nationalist group would be putting up. I think a white nationalist group would be a little more aggressive than that. It sounds to me like something many white people in this country who are sick and tired of being shamed because we are white would distribute. The main stream media and hysterical liberal notions that are taking over this country and it's educational institutions are drowning in Hippocratic delusion. Why is it "OK" for Black Panther, Black Lives Matter racist hate groups to run wild and spew hate across the nation but a simple sign that says "it's OK to be white" is turning the media world upside down???

Sel  on  11/7/2017 10:07:17 PM commented:

It's totally okay for people to put "it's ok to be white" yea a bunch of people will agree and bring positivity to that ,but what if people put "it's ok to be Hispanic/black" will people contradict that just because Hispanics and blacks are a very shaky topic in today's society and because of previous actions made by these people that generalize hispanics/blacks? Let's think about that. Will people doubt themselves before agreeing to this ? Anyways, I belive that In Today's society we should unite twice as strong since the world is full of hate on diversed groups of people .

Tyler R.  on  11/7/2017 9:20:26 PM commented:

Yes, it is perfectly ok to be proud of your race. However, white pride is typically more associated with racist white groups hence the condemnation of the posters. Maybe the context of the motive changes the story but an initial look at this situation shows a different situation. And for those who decide to compare this to BLM: The organization was created in reference to unfair treatment of unarmed black men, not to hinder progression of other groups. There is no comparison.

Jessica L.  on  11/7/2017 9:17:00 PM commented:

I don't understand how this could be considered racist. We should want our society to praise individuality and pride in the self. I think what they are trying to imply is that there is nothing wrong with being who you are, even if you are the majority. This shouldn't be scorned, there is clearly a double standard and it's ridiculous

Matt G  on  11/7/2017 9:11:27 PM commented:

Probably not appropriate because the people didn't gain approval to post the posters. It would have been better for them to go through the proper channels and argue for their right to speech. Probably divisive based on the nature of divisiveness; it can be inferred without an explicit or intended implication. I can infer that taking down the posters was racist. Yeah. *****. Those schools taking down the posters was divisive and racist. See? See how this whole argument is divisive? Why you being divisive, Scholorships? Y'all been trolled by 4chan. Feels bad.

Joey O  on  11/7/2017 8:43:53 PM commented:

If the signs said, "It's better to be white" or something that would be bad. Stating, "It's OK to be white" is fine, if not simple minded.

Brendan D.  on  11/7/2017 8:43:51 PM commented:

Nobody said it wasn’t okay being white. Coming from a race that is already privileged and at an advantage, white people do not have to make themselves the conversation when there are more important issues to address. It’s like playing the victim and wanting sympathy for nothing. I think the people that posted these stickers with the phrase intended to cause harm rather than preach acceptance.

Samuel A  on  11/7/2017 8:37:19 PM commented:

I think it’s ok, it isn’t hurting anyone and stating it’s “ok” to be white is far better than stating white power or black power or hispanic power . Why is this subject considered convoluted when it just says it’s ok? Just stating that whites deserve to be brought up in arguments about racial profiling which has admittedly began to rise recently. Now if this college would remove other signs then by all means i’d accept that, but i cannot say they’d do the same for quotes such as “blacks matter,” or “asians matter.” That’s my opinion on the matter at least.

Logan S  on  11/7/2017 8:35:39 PM commented:

What's divisive is one group stereotype being permitted to express themselves and being commended for doing so, while simultaneously denying another to acknowledge its own existence. If the idea that a non-violent message must be silenced under the assumption of intent, it's those doing the silencing that have the division on their minds to the point they are helping to encourage its fracturing further by denying 1st Amendment rights and discriminating by deciding upon the intent of the message. It absolutely is okay to be white. As it is okay to be pink, tan, brown, etc.

Samuel A  on  11/7/2017 8:32:57 PM commented:

I think it’s ok, it isn’t hirtibg anyone and stating it’s “ok” to be white is far better than stating white power. Why is this subject comsidered convoluted?

Anthony R  on  11/7/2017 8:25:00 PM commented:

The fact that the news is covering this in a negative light and that colleges are condemning this is proof that there is an anti-white agenda. It's completely fine to be white. White people should be guilt tripped about things their ancestors have done in the past.

Sergio J.  on  11/7/2017 8:19:57 PM commented:

It's absolutely okay. It's no more divisive than the BLM campaign. Regardless of what color you are, just be satisfied with it. No one should have to attack another due to the color of their skin, whether they are hispanic, black, asian, or white.

Trenola B.  on  11/7/2017 7:44:02 PM commented:

I believe that it is okay to be proud of whatever race that you are. I wouldn't say the signs are "inappropriate" but I would say they are not entirely necessary. If compared to the "Black Lives Matter" campaign, the campaign represents more than hurt feelings. If there are going to be "It's okay to be white posters" have a reason toward it and not because of the color of your skin but what the color of your skin means in the society that you live in. Society is developed, not from the colors of the rainbow, but from the shades of history.

Jonathan B  on  11/7/2017 7:34:26 PM commented:

Nothing wrong with the signs, it more than OK to be white or any other color. It's probably a bit of a backlash against the BLM idiots and lbgqxyz folks trying to make out they are more precious than others....

Tyler H.  on  11/7/2017 7:31:12 PM commented:

Why should this be interpreted as a motion made by white nationalists the term nationalist itself means someone who feels strong patriotic feelings for their nation. The nation that we all live in black, white, mexican, asian, muslim, christian, gay, straight it shouldnt matter we are all apart of this nation its divided by extremists on evey side why do news outlets only cover one. Its only creating more of a divide. You cant judge all muslims, whites or blacks based on one persons desicions it all honestly ridiculous. We all need to come together and realize that everyone who takes part in this is at fault and grow the hell up and move on as a nation

John W  on  11/7/2017 7:29:12 PM commented:

Exposing racists is the primary reason people are putting them up. It is working as intended.

Valeria M.  on  11/7/2017 7:16:34 PM commented:

Firstly, reverse racism is not real, nor will it ever be, so get over yourself, Mike. White people will never suffer or be at a disadvantage because of their race in the United States, and it's ignorant to believe so. White pride is racist because it's fundamentally about supremacy and the concept that white people are somehow better than people of color. It's okay to be proud of being Irish, Czech, Russian, etc.; but "white pride" is not acceptable. "White pride" is different than "Hispanic/Latinx pride" and/or "Black pride" because the pride is based upon being prideful of the culture that surrounds the aforementioned (and those unmentioned) ethnicities/race. People don't lose lives over "Hispanic/Latinx pride;" lives are lost, however, because of showings of "white pride." If you don't think so, what do you consider Charlottesville to be? But my ultimate question is, who ever said it wasn't okay to be white? Are white people that bothered by the demand for racial equality?

Gabrielle S.  on  11/7/2017 7:00:41 PM commented:

The hysteria raised over these signs has revealed the formerly more covert biases of so-called "social justice warriors". If anyone's been reading the news lately, they might've read articles like "IS It Okay to Be White?" (as if they'd never really considered the possibility before...?) and other equally ridiculous nonsense. It's almost hilarious how hypocritical these people are. Rather than focusing on a person's individual value, society has become obsessed with "identities" (race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.) and are directing all the blame over perceived injustices on light-skinned people. These signs are not an attack on other races or divisive or inappropriate, it is simply a statement and one that, at this point, needed to be said.

Pablo R  on  11/7/2017 6:54:11 PM commented:

I don't see anything wrong with saying it's okay to have any skin color

Anonymous S.  on  11/7/2017 6:52:35 PM commented:

Unacceptable during this time period as it implicitly conveys the inability to acknowledge the upsurge of racism towards those of color. Due to the increase of vocal minorities, some individuals are beginning to feel threatened due to the fact that people of their color have never been portrayed in a negative way in such a way that colored people have - which is understandable. If there was no racism, there would be no need for Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter was a response to not only police brutality but the undeniable truth that colored people are denied many privileges. In a time of blatant contention towards those of color, the simple phrase implies a greater danger. Not too recently the Charlottesville, NFL, and Niger incidents raised a large awareness and support towards white supremacy. By spreading the phrase around, HLS especially, it essentially reinforces one thing: SOME White individuals are apprehensive about having privileges level out towards minorities.

Ryan H.  on  11/7/2017 6:40:35 PM commented:

I think this was probably an effort to bring unity among races. But with the current situation of there being white supremacists, any positive talk about racism at all concerning whites is condemned. In other words, people saw this as an effort to uplift white people, and white people only, above the rest. Too bad we're too scared of the media to do anything about this...

Lori E.  on  11/7/2017 6:26:44 PM commented:

Why would it not be ok? Everyone should be proud of who they are.

James D  on  11/7/2017 6:24:16 PM commented:

If Black lives matter then it too should be ok to be white!!!

Joshua W  on  11/7/2017 6:15:46 PM commented:

I completely support the "It's ok to be white" signs. Why? Because, for far too long, far left liberal crazies, through their demented obsession with identity politics, have attempted to demonize and shame white people, simply for being white. They wrongly hold white people accountable for all the atrocities committed by their ancestors (e.g., racism, slavery, conquest, etc.), blaming the sons for the sins of the fathers. All the while ignoring the fact that literally every other race has, throughout history, been responsible for the exact same thing! As Amanda B. pointed out in her comment, if these were signs that read "it's ok to be black." then those on the far left and people like Marcia Sells (see article above) wouldn't be condemning it as "intending to divide us from one another." On the contrary, they would be celebrating it as a bold stand for cultural diversity and inclusion. The bias is sickening. The hypocrisy is typical.

Mark Bertumen  on  11/7/2017 6:09:11 PM commented:

4chan is known for creating social experiments and spreading fake information around the web for the sake of humor. Remember the BaldforBieber hashtag? 4chan. The "flexible" new IPhone? 4chan again. "Pool's closed" written on a poster with a black man in a suit with an afro with the assumption that AIDS were in the pool? Real life raid by 4chan. But this time around, it seems they had a goal in mind; to see if these new signs would spur the idea of racism when viewed by the public. Of course it would--they just wanted to see how much publicity it would get. It's likely that 4chan doesn't even believe in whatever racial message their signs offer, they just wanted a rise out of it. That main intention is wrong to have, of course, but the consequences of what they did are worth looking at. People get on their soapboxes at the drop of the racist hat, and while racism is still present in modern society, the extraneous reactions by responders is disproportionate enough for 4chan to laugh at.

Steve H  on  11/7/2017 6:08:11 PM commented:

These posters are not “efforts by white nationalists to recruit”. These posters are saying that being white in today’s age should should be shameful with black/minority activist groups trying to condem the white.

Jane W.  on  11/7/2017 6:02:58 PM commented:

completely inappropriate. obviously done with no good intentions. what was the purpose? when has mainstream media ever established that being white was not okay? NEVER. in America, that seems to be the only race that is acceptable.

Justin D.  on  11/7/2017 5:57:28 PM commented:

The media and the left did exactly what was expected by the people on 4chan. By freaking out over this they proved the double standard was true. Their hysteria over the whole thing will just drive more people to the alt right.

Julia L.  on  11/7/2017 5:52:41 PM commented:

I think it was unnecessary. Never have white people experienced any true oppression that they have to claim that it’s ok to be white. Things like Black Lives Matter are groups created on the oppression of black people. It’s absolutely necessary to bring to light the hardships that follow with being black. White people don’t really need any “meaningful” thing like stickers claiming it’s okay to be white because no one said it wasn’t. POC will say that they hate white people as a generalized statement, and while in some cases it’s not /all/ white people, it’s not necessary to clarify that they clearly do not hate all white people. They’re not saying it’s bad to be white or whatever; they’re simply stating that white people are more likely to say and do more ignorant stuff which can be annoying. Point is, the stickers were unnecessary and probably irritating for students of color to have to see because white people believe they are oppressed.

Mindy S.  on  11/7/2017 5:48:54 PM commented:

“It’s ok to be white” signs are less offensive than “Black Lives Matter” signs due to the fact that it is stating plainly that it is ok to be white. Black lives matter state black lives don’t matter. In reality all lives matter to each one of us. Your life matters to you and mine matters to me. Yours may even matter to me as well. There should be no division. Not one live is more important than the other. It’s ok to be white simply states it’s ok to love who you are if you are white. It does not say white people matter more or less however, Black lives matter signs could be precived as such. I mean who is to say a mixed race person did not make the first sign? Has anybody thought of that. What if it’s ok to be white is because that person is part white and feels divided. We all bleed the same color. What if a signs were created that said we all bleed red. Would that be offensive? It is ridiculous what people are offended by today. It is all about perception and how you can benefit.

Azura A.  on  11/7/2017 5:47:51 PM commented:

I find it silly that in such a blooming time the phrase "It's okay to be white" enrages people to the point where we need to ask these questions. People should be allowed to love themselves and feel okay with themselves as long as it does not harm others or infringe on other people's rights and last time I checked being inherently white does not make you do any of those. While I feeling like most would ask "Why do people need this?" Being on both Tumblr and Twitter has really shown me the hypocrisy of this insane age. Being born white will subject people to unnecessary hate, in the same vein as being born black was during the 40's. It's awful. We shouldn't be discriminating at all for innocents but everybody needs a scapegoat I suppose. It's okay to be whoever you are. It's okay. If you're doing good and not hurting others in some way then you are okay.

Alexandria O.  on  11/7/2017 5:47:01 PM commented:

I understand the group the signs we coming from would cause outrage; however, there is nothing wrong with being white. These days, it seems everybody associates white with racism, but just because there are racist white people, doesn't mean all white people are racist. So no there's noting wrong with the sign. I agree, it is okay to be white.

Max N.  on  11/7/2017 5:45:09 PM commented:

Thats unnecessary. White people aren't oppressed or being taken advantage of by a system whose foundation was built on racism. The majority group (white people) feel as if they are now being oppressed because equality to them means losing privilege they didn't realize they had. To make things simple, it's like the first law of thermodynamics: energy cannot be created or destroyed. In America we only have so many resources, but unfortunately they are unequally distributed due to our primitive/ racist ancestors in power. All that's happening now is that resources such as money and education are being equalized and are flowing from the top to the bottom so there is no group that holds more power than another. By saying "it's ok to be white," you convey the message to minorities that you're being oppressed and discriminated against because you are white. There is nothing wrong with being white, but when you say "it's ok to be white" it just shows every minority that you don't get it.

Morgan L  on  11/7/2017 5:41:24 PM commented:

White people are not oppressed. The fact that us white people want us to be victimized is ridiculous. You do not go through any oppression when you are white. "But they said all white guys hunt, all white girls wear uggs and like pumpkin spice lattes." Us white people constantly want to be the victims, we have to help minority groups in having a voice. It has always been okay to be white. But being any other race besides white has shown to be disapproved of. There's more to it than just loving the fact that you're white or that you're Asian, Black, Latino, Middle Eastern, etc. Just because you aren't exposed to it or haven't experienced minority oppression doesn't mean it's not happening. White people are favored more than any other ethnic group. People who are dark skinned, or don't pertain to the white features consider themselves less of a person because most white people in this country have made it very clear that their type isn't welcomed with open arms. These are facts people.

Grace B.  on  11/7/2017 5:35:18 PM commented:

I don't think there's anything bad about these posters. They're probably going up in an attempt of consolation because of all the hysteria, anger and confusion that's being targeted at white, conservative groups today.

Jordan C.  on  11/7/2017 5:30:56 PM commented:

Us as Americans, need to in all respect wake the fuck up. We are a people, that was united under freedom. True during that time there was slaves and women couldn’t vote. However over the generations we have used the rights of the Declaration of Independence to become free. Yet movements against men still arise, from false statistics and simple biological issues. Then there is in fact movements against whites because of historical backgrounds. Why do people look at the past and attack the now with it as if the new generation created it. Most people look at things from their life experience instead of actual reports and research done globally thus causing these ignorant issues of wanting to tear down signs of saying,”Its okay to be white.” Why? Is being white bad, is it bad that I was born with white skin? Now if you Martin Luther king now he would be using black instead of white. Through triumphant none segregation acts we have formed segregation because of complete foolishness.

Jack D  on  11/7/2017 5:30:32 PM commented:

There is nothing wrong with this, there is no problem with being white anymore than any other skin tone. The drastic over reaction of the Dean is what the internet was banking on. When something as simple as "it is okay to be white" is labeled as divisive and indicative of white supremacy it is a sign of dark things to come. If these signs are unacceptable does that mean it actually isn't okay to be white? Are we to make white people the new racial "other"? The race baiting in the West needs to end and to do it people need to stop framing everything in the context of racial theory. Privilege doesn't exist. Merit is what should be focused on not quotas.

Lihall  on  11/7/2017 5:30:03 PM commented:

I totally agree with : Zoe W.  on  11/7/2017 4:25:14 PM commented: There is a group called "Black Lives Matter" but it's unacceptable to put up a sign saying that it's ok to be white? Now I understand that there are people who are racist, and honestly that's pretty stupid, we're all people, but there's a double standard. It is socially acceptable for a primarily black school to post a picture of a bunch of African American children holding a sign that says black pride, but think about what would happen if a bunch of white kids did the same thing??? They would be labeled racist. Just something to think about. agree with Amanda B and several others on this matter.

Katia S  on  11/7/2017 5:26:52 PM commented:

I think everyone should be proud of who they are and accepting of others, especially if it’s sonething as superficial as skin color. The fact that there was such an outrage over these signs shows that those claiming to hate racism are some of the very same racists perpetuating it.

Tucker S.  on  11/7/2017 5:22:24 PM commented:

It is absolutely ludicrous that this is even a conversation for a number of reasons. 1. The people who planned and executed this were looking for the exact reaction that a large portion of the media gave, so congrats, you pantsed yourself. 2. The statement in and of itself is meant only to provoke those who think that it isn't ok to be white, so any outrage makes you look as if you have a disdain for white people. Again, congrats. And 3. It is perfectly fine to be white. No person of any skin color is born with some sort of "Original Sin", but white people are tagged with the sin of racism, even if that individual is not racist. To believe otherwise is a-factual nonsense, and collectivist to a reprehensible degree.

BD  on  11/7/2017 5:05:54 PM commented:

It's okay to be white because it's okay to be white. I've applied for lots of scholarships over the years and all I've ever gotten are a few $200 merit-based music scholarships. I'm in debt, can't afford to go deeper into debt, and had to drop out of school because I couldn't get any scholarships. People think I'm a rich white hipster but actually I did almost 7 years in prison and I'm poor as dirt. The left has failed me 100% and they continue to ramp up the race-based hatred. But I don't care because I've already been through the worst and have lived on starvation diets and when shit hits the fan all these people will be crying and I'll be comfortable because I already have discovered happiness in my situation.

Mike H.  on  11/7/2017 4:55:28 PM commented:

Perfectly acceptable. It's okay to be whoever you are. White, black, asian, hispanic, gay, straight, republican, democrat, etc. Whoever you are, you should be proud of it. Being white is yes, okay. No shame in being white, it's only racism when you start judging someone by the color of their skin, not the content of their character. Reverse racism is also racism.

Amanda B.  on  11/7/2017 4:50:22 PM commented:

I'm sure that if there were signs put up saying "It's ok to be black" or "It's ok to be Hispanic", the act would be praised and not labeled as "dividing" or "racist". How is "It's ok to be white" any different? Everyone should be proud of who they are and what they look like!

NannB  on  11/7/2017 4:46:10 PM commented:

There is absolutely nothing wrong with saying it’s ok to be white. Why can’t white people love their race????

Titus S.  on  11/7/2017 4:31:56 PM commented:

It's not something i would do, but i don't see anything wrong with this action. "It's okay to be white" translates to, in my opinion, "there are white, racist people in society but we won't allow those people to represent our race". It is a simple message but meaningful to the white people like me who don't have much pride in my own race because of our involvement with racism historically.

Zoe W.  on  11/7/2017 4:25:14 PM commented:

There is a group called "Black Lives Matter" but it's unacceptable to put up a sign saying that it's ok to be white? Now I understand that there are people who are racist, and honestly that's pretty stupid, we're all people, but there's a double standard. It is socially acceptable for a primarily black school to post a picture of a bunch of African American children holding a sign that says black pride, but think about what would happen if a bunch of white kids did the same thing??? They would be labeled racist. Just something to think about.

Julia R  on  11/7/2017 4:14:33 PM commented:

There were also signs like this posted at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.

Matt L  on  11/7/2017 2:10:04 PM commented:

Hit Central Wahington University as well. Public Safety and Police Services Case #417-3536

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