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Hate-filled fliers target UC Davis, other colleges

UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi released a statement condemning racist fliers received on UC Davis printers. Photo taken Oct. 30, 2012.
UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi released a statement condemning racist fliers received on UC Davis printers. Photo taken Oct. 30, 2012. rbyer@sacbee.com

UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi is condemning racist and anti-Semitic fliers that were received on networked campus printers on March 25 and have also been transmitted to universities across California and nationally.

Fliers assailing Jews and advocating for “global white supremacy” have turned up on printers at other University of California campuses as well as at Princeton University in New Jersey, DePaul University in Chicago, and other public and private universities in Massachusetts, according to news reports.

The Southern Poverty Law Center connects a Web address associated with the fliers to a neo-Nazi hate group.

In a statement, Katehi said: “Our university takes very seriously incidents that are intimidating, threatening or hostile to any member of the UC Davis community.”

She added: “We condemn this latest affront to our community in the strongest terms possible. As we are all painfully aware, bigotry and hate are plagues experienced around the world. As Friday’s incident reminds us, we must be ever vigilant in striving for a society where everyone feels safe and welcome. I deeply regret that anyone was exposed to such ugliness, and pledge to you that we will work with our peer institutions and authorities on campus and off to determine its origins and take appropriate actions.”

The fliers arrived a day after the University of California Regents adopted a report on “Principles Against Intolerance” that declared that “anti-Semitism ... and other forms of discrimination have no place at the University of California.”

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