A Pennsylvania faculty eliminated “skinny blue line” coronavirus face masks from its campus bookstore final month after receiving complaints from college students and the college’s multicultural workplace, with one workers member linking the image to White supremacy and the alt-right.
Muhlenberg School’s Workplace of Multicultural Life stated it was notified by a number of college students on Aug. 14 that the faculty’s bookstore was promoting “American Flag masks with black, white, and blue colours together with the label, Tactical US Flag with Police blue line…”
The “skinny blue line” flags are related to the pro-police Blue Lives Matter motion and normally exhibited to convey assist for legislation enforcement and first responders.
Muhlenberg School’s Workplace of Multicultural Life stated it was “outraged and deeply offended” that the bookstore was promoting “skinny blue line” masks and “instantly known as for the removing of this offensive show.”
The workplace stated it contacted Muhlenberg School President Kathleen Harring and Dean Allison Gulati and the masks had been faraway from the shop inside 30 minutes of them being notified.
In an e-mail obtained by Campus Reform, the college’s chief enterprise officer and treasurer Kent Dyer stated the “skinny blue line” masks had been amongst many others that had been ordered for college kids.
Dyer reportedly linked the flag to white supremacist and alt-right teams, calling it “an emblem that seeks to low cost and erase issues associated to police brutality and different facets of the Black Lives Matter Motion.”
Dyer reiterated the college’s assist for “Black Lives Matter and its targets of valuing the Black members of our communities and making certain we do all we are able to to be extra anti-racist.”
A scholar advised Campus Reform that the college’s try and hyperlink the skinny blue line image to White supremacy “is clearly making an attempt to foster division inside the scholar physique.”
“Publicly desecrating the picture of legislation enforcement, shaming law enforcement officials and linking these of us who assist them to white supremacists and neo-Nazis is the place we must always draw the road,” the scholar stated. “No tutorial establishment ought to get away with such harmful rhetoric and open discrimination.”
Muhlenberg School didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information’ request for remark.