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Signs saying 'It's OK to be white' pop up at Concordia College

Similar posters were found at other colleges in the U.S. and Canada.

Multiple signs saying "It's OK to be white" popped up near college campuses across North America this week, including at Concordia College in Moorhead.

The posters were found in various places on campus Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, Concordia College told GoMN in a statement. The school said the signs "did not follow the display policy for placing signage on the campus and were taken down." 

Concordia's Student Government Association (SGA) said in a Facebook post Wednesday that some students found the signs offensive, calling them racist and bigoted. 

Concordia President William Craft reached out to students after the incident, and said he's working on planning a forum so people can have a "more open conversation" about this topic. 

Concordia College isn't the only community where these signs were hung. Media reports say signs and stickers with the same saying were found at the University of Alberta in Canada, a high school in MarylandTulane University's campus in New Orleans, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and in Rock River, Ohio

Where did the signs come from?

Messages trying to get people to hang these signs and stickers on Halloween were posted on 4chan, with the post saying it'll make the media go "completely berserk" and will have the "media and lefties frothing at the mouth." 

The 4chan campaign apparently came after signs that said "Don't apologize for being white" were put up at Boston College near where students were rallying against racism, 7 News in Boston reported on Oct. 20. Police said they were investigating, but believed a white supremacist group had posted them.

These signs come at a time when the U.S. has seen a rise in white supremacy incidents, including on college campuses

During the 2016-17 academic year, there were 159 white supremacist flier incidents at 110 colleges in the U.S., the Anti-Defamation League reported

Meanwhile, the number of hate groups in the U.S. has also been on the rise. The Southern Poverty Law Center said there were 917 active hate groups in the country, with many of them agreeing with the ideals of white supremacy.

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