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Members of the social work community respond to alt-right posters found on campus on Nov. 21

Dec 09, 2016

On December 7th members of the social work community gathered together to talk, make posters and raise awareness in response to alt-right posters found on campus.

Their goal was to name and to learn from the incident; to collectively make a public response; and to affirm our commitment to equity - as one step in an ongoing process, undertaken in collaboration with others organizing for change and justice within the university and in Hamilton.

The posters expressed how how students feel on the campus these days and posed questions they would like to ask of the creators of the offending posters.  The overarching theme was about how we can better pursue equity on campus and beyond.

Since Trump’s electoral victory, incidents of hatred in the US and Canada, including in Hamilton, have increased. On November 21, posters linked to white supremacy appeared at the McMaster University Student Centre. This is a pivotal moment for teaching and learning about equity, ethics, and social justice in our own university community.

As a School of Social Work we wish to join a conversation about how to respond to the posters and the ideology behind them.

Two students bearing protest signs. 

White blonde woman holding a protest sign that says "Oppressor... and here to undo it."

Indigenous woman with protest sign that says "Fight white supremacy" and  "Decolonize our campus"