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USD Staff Declining to Remove Unauthorized Anonymous Racist Posters from Student Center?

The Volante reports that the anonymous creeps from Identity Evropa—now rebranded as the “American Identity Movement“—are back sneaking around the state posting their racist filth… and, at least in the Muenster Center, USD isn’t doing anything about it:

Posters from a white nationalist group appeared on bulletin boards in buildings on USD’s campus Monday morning.

The posters, one reading “Diversity Destroys Nations” above an illustration of a burning city and another reading “Defend America” above a painting of a white woman standing atop a globe and holding a U.S. flag, belong to the American Identity Movement (AIM), “a non-profit activist and fraternal organization,” according to their website.

Students and faculty reported seeing the posters in the Muenster University Center (MUC), Patterson Hall and Al Neuharth Media Center. Posters in Patterson and Neuharth have been removed. Posters in the MUC cannot be legally removed by University staff, as it violates campus free speech policy

The individual(s) responsible for hanging the posters is unknown [Austin Lammers, “Posters from White Nationalist Organization Appear on USD Campus,” The Volante, 2019.08.26].

That’s odd: my understanding of campus policy was that anyone seeking to post materials on campus property had to get permission from the university first. The MUC Advertising Policy opens with these requirements:

  • All signs must be brought to the Muenster Center Information Desk for approval. The Student Center staff will be responsible for hanging all signs. The Student Center staff will remove any non-approved signs.
  • All posters must display the name of the recognized student organization or campus organization that is sponsoring the activity [MUC Advertising Policies, University of South Dakota, retrieved 2019.08.27].

Unless someone at the MUC info desk received and approved these posters, unless Student Center staff put up these posters, and unless the posters have the name of the recognized student or campus organization that invited the white supremacists on campus, University staff can take this whiney white-boy crap down.


  1. Kathleen 2019-08-27 09:26

    Don’t call theses groups nationalists. They are Nazis.

  2. Randee Huber 2019-08-27 10:55

    If faculty and staff can’t remove posters, students must be able to. So tear them down, kiddos.

  3. TAG 2019-08-27 11:23

    This is the end result of the anti-intellectualism in the GOP, and all the whining about wanting to force “academic diversity”. The University is now afraid to suppress hate groups and domestic terrorists. I guess we need more racist professors.

  4. o 2019-08-27 12:00

    It sounds like USD needs to monitor its public postings. The rules seem clear for posting – so FOLLOW THEM and remove those not in compliance. Now, IF USD gave permission (literally the stamp of approval), then we have another discussion on our hands.

  5. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2019-08-27 12:11

    Kathleen, these Nazis give nationalists and socialists a bad name.

  6. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2019-08-27 12:12

    Or, Randee, we respond in kind, troop down to the Muenster Center, and paper it wall to wall with a list of Donald Trump’s lies.

  7. Porter Lansing 2019-08-27 14:35

    I disagree. I went to USD during the Vietnam “conflict” and saw lots of things posted in the common areas that I didn’t agree with. Glad I saw them. It strengthened my resolve and convinced me that taking to the streets in war protest was the proper path.
    *Also saw and heard lots from Hare Krishnas, Buddhists, Moonies and other lesser known religious cults trying to recruit. If you’re easily swayed in your beliefs, maybe University is the right place to be, to be introspective and think out your choices.

  8. Joe Nelson 2019-08-27 19:36

    So, no free-speech then? I am all for the first amendment, and freedom of speech. If a bunch of idiots want to post their idiotic ideas, they should be free to do so. Makes it easier for us to identify who the idiots are. I say keep the sign up, and then have the universities diversity student group put up a sign right next to it that says “ these guys over here, yeah they’re a bunch of idiots and racists. “

  9. Debbo 2019-08-27 22:08

    Cory is right, “whiney white-boy crap.”

    Get a life you whiners, and be responsible for yourselves. Your problems aren’t due to people of other skin colors, genders, religions, languages, cultures or anything else. Pull up your big boy pants and manage your own selves like a adult males.

  10. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2019-08-27 22:49

    Hey, Joe, you know I support free speech, but I also recognize that the universities have an obligation to manage their property.

    The problem is, these posters don’t allow us to identify the idiots and racists. They sneak in, without permission to use the campus, and put up the kind of message that is getting people killed in America.

    You want to hang up a white supremacist poster? Walk in to the student affairs office or whoever’s in charge and say, “Hi, here’s the poster I want to put up,” just like everyone else does.

    That said, if we’re seriously going to let racist posters remain on our campuses, then I should face no opposition to throwing my campaign signs up all over campus, handing out my campaign flyers in the Union, petitioning in the dorms….

  11. Debbo 2019-08-27 23:23

    Joe Biden was interviewed about race and the Strib published the story.

    “White folks are the reason we have institutional racism,” Biden said. “There has always been racism in America. White supremacists have always existed, they still exist.” He added later that in his administration, it would “not be tolerated.”

  12. Sandra Star-Wagner 2019-08-28 04:34

    So sad that this university is letting this happen. They need to find out who approved the posters to be displayed. They have policies in place so the dean or the powers that be need to take responsibility!!

  13. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2019-08-29 07:11

    Debbo, Joe Biden offers exactly the proper response. White supremacy is not to be tolerated in government and public life.

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