Fliers mocking “Welcome Black Week” with a “Welcome White Week” posted around the Northern Kentucky University campus this week have prompted demonstrations against racial intolerance on campus and an investigation by school officials.
The fliers advertise a number of events and seminars around campus such as “White Lives Matter vs. Black Lives Matter,” “Pizza Party for Tolerance” and “L.G.B.T.Q.R.S.T.U.V. and You” in an apparent attempt to ridicule the school’s annual “Welcome Black Week” events.
“Welcome Black Week” has been a fixture on the NKU and several other campuses across the country for several years. It is intended to introduce incoming freshman to the array of programs and organizations focusing on the black experience. Among this year’s events were a BBQ with the Black Student Union and a reception with faculty from the African American Studies program.
The student newspaper at NKU, the Northerner, said some students on campus were so incensed by the “Welcome White Week” messages that they joined hands in a circle in the student union plaza early Tuesday evening and chanted that they “will not be guided by fear or defeat” and “will beat the odds that are against” them.