BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) - Indiana University investigated and
removed a public bulletin board that asked, "Could Santa Claus be a
Students began spreading photos of the bulletin board
on social media. Once university officials got wind of what was going
on, they began tweeting to students that they were investigating.
The bulletin board was designed by member of IU's Community Education Program (CEP).
CEP tries) to get students to address and talk about difficult issues.
Racial issues, issues of sexual identity, things like that," said
university spokesperson Mark Land.
In addition to asking if Santa
could be a black man, the bulletin board asked if a black Santa would
only go to the ghetto, and whether people would let a black Santa down
"If you just saw the board and you walked by,
you're thinking, 'what the heck are they doing? This is not right,'"
said Land. "There was no intent to offend anyone and we are really sorry
if that was the result of this. We were just trying to spark a
conversation and I know it wasn't the one that they wanted."
When freshman Makail Dugan saw the board, she says she was immediately offended.
posted it on Instagram and so did a lot of other girls that live in
Foster. A lot of people were really upset about it," said Dugan.
Dugan was glad the University had the bulletin board taken down. She says there are better ways to discuss the issue of race.
"Everybody should have a free discussion, race appropriate questions. That definitely wasn't the way to do it," said Dugan.
Around 11 p.m. Monday, the university tweeted a series of comments about taking down the bulletin board:
Regarding a controversial bulletin board at
Foster Quad: There was a misguided effort to generate discussion about
racial stereotypes. (1/3)
The sign is being removed. The intention was to
educate, not offend, but we recognize the problem and apologize to
everyone effected. (2/3)
This incident has generated a lot of discussion
on important issues. Thank you to everyone who shared their concerns
with us. (3/3)
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