White College Student Punished for Flier Supporting Black Men

White College Student Punished for Flier Supporting Black Men

An act of support for Black men landed this White student on probation

by Shantell E. Jamison, June 2, 2017

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White College Student Punished for Flier Supporting Black Men

The flier SMU student Emily Walker was originally responding to in support of Black students

A Texas-based college student says she is just a step away from suspension after creating and handing out a flier that supported Black students.

25-year-old Emily Walker, who attends Southern Methodist University, is on disciplinary probation following a months-long investigation by officials linked to the university.

Walker says she created a flier last November titled, “Why White Women Should Date Black Men” in response to another flier titled, “Why White Women Shouldn’t Date Black Men.” The latter flier included a series of racist and offensive claims about Black men.

She believes that she did nothing wrong and is being unfairly targeted.

“They handed me one of the hardest punishments you can get on SMU, Walker told WFAA. “I was like, ‘I’m a White woman.’ I’m going to show the author, ‘No, sorry buddy. You didn’t win.'”

Walker printed out 150 fliers and distributed them on campus. One week later, she learned she was under investigation by the school. But what was supposed to be a quick process turned into an anxiety-filled investigation that resulted in her being placed on probation, Walker said.

“The university does not disclose information about student disciplinary matters in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act,” SMU officials said in an emailed statement sent to WFAA.

Walker says the university felt her fliers added to an already tense and hostile environment on campus. While they contained risqué generalizations about White men, Walker says it was a satire meant to send a supportive message to African-American students on campus.

“If you do one thing wrong, you could be suspended and off this campus,” Walker said. “It tells me I can’t speak out for other people.”

 

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