K-State students hold solidarity rally to denounce rise of white nationalism

Student organizers at Kansas State University in Manhattan held a rally Thursday night to denounce the rise of white nationalism and decry the end of a program for children born to illegal immigrants of the U.S. The solidarity rally was organized
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Student organizers at Kansas State University in Manhattan held a rally Thursday night to denounce the rise of white nationalism and decry the end of a program for children born to illegal immigrants of the U.S. The solidarity rally was organized
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Purple-clad K-State students denounce white nationalism, decry end of DACA at rally

By Toriano Porter

tporter@kcstar.com

September 14, 2017 11:22 PM

Student organizers at Kansas State University in Manhattan held a rally Thursday night to denounce the rise of white nationalism and decry the end of a program for children born to illegal immigrants of the U.S.

The solidarity rally was organized after fliers with racist and white nationalist themes were posted around the K-State campus on Wednesday.

Students and supporters clad in purple gathered on campus at Bosco Student Plaza Thursday to discuss the ramifications of the fliers and the recent decision to phase out the Barack Obama-era Dreamers program known as DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

Images of the posters showed up on Twitter before university officials released a statement saying the messages on the fliers were “unwelcome.”

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One flier, referencing Muslim immigrants, reportedly read, “How many is too many?”

Another showed a picture of a white family with this message: “Why are we told Asia for the Asians, Africa for the Africans, white countries for everyone. Diversity means less white people. We have a right to exist.”

The posters reportedly prompted statements of condemnation from other campus groups as well, including the K-State Sexuality and Gender Alliance, College Republicans and a joint statement from The Asian American Student Union, Black Student Union and Hispanic American Leadership Organization.

Toriano Porter: 816-234-4779, @torianoporter