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'It's okay to be white' posters spotted around Bristol University

Credit: Bristol SU BME Network

Posters with the phrase "it's okay to be white" have been spotted around Bristol city centre this week.

Students from the University of Bristol have expressed anger at the posters. The statement has previously been linked to far-right activist groups after it was popularised on t-shirts sold by right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos.

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A University of Bristol spokesperson said it was asking people to take them down and contact security services if seen on university premises, although it added currently it was only aware of those in the wider city.

The University of Bristol aspires to be a community where everyone should feel safe, welcomed and respected.

Together with the Students’ Union, we have been working actively with staff and students to ensure that our commitment to inclusion, diversity and equality is reflected in all aspects of our University.

It appears that the posters have so far only been seen in public spaces – we have not had any reports of them being put up in University premises.

We would ask that if anyone sees one of these posters on university premises, they take them down and contact security services.

– University of Bristol spokesperson

The University's BME network said the phrase "presents ethnic minorities as intruding 'others', whose equality, and even existence is detrimental to white people."

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The Bristol Student-Staff Solidarity group added:

It directly suggests that there is some sort of attempt to subdue white people as if they are some oppressed minority.

The important question to ask is who are they supposing is orchestrating this attack on whiteness?

When we begin to interrogate the implications, it becomes quite clear that the phrase "it's okay to be white" is just a harmless, silly quip, but rather a construction of people of colour as an intruding Other whose partial progressions towards equality, or perhaps even their existence is detrimental to white existence.

– Bristol Student-Staff Solidarity group