Oct. 30, 2017

Students offer passionate responses to inflammatory signs

Students continued to voice their opinions days after the fliers appeared. Peter Sherman, a senior at Cleveland State studying theatre, said he believes the fliers need to be taken more seriously by the president and the school.

“As a gay man, I know that hate is out there and hate is prevalent,” Sherman said.

“What I do not appreciate is me being told to go kill myself, because there are such a high number of people killing themselves in the LGBTQ community.”

Sherman also mentioned that upon doing his own research he found that the name at the bottom of the poster, “Fascist Solutions” is linked to blog relating to white supremacist notions.

“The fact that the administration didn’t do their research, or even if they did do their research, the fact that they’re defending these fliers is defending white supremacy,” Sherman said.

In an open forum on Oct. 18 that approximately 200 people attended, President Ronald Berkman began by apologizing for his initial reaction to the flier and then opened the floor to questions from the group.

“Yesterday was one of the most painful days in the nine years of my presidency, as I realized I had failed,” Berkman said at the beginning of the forum. He added that he believes the material posted was “hideous” and that it doesn’t reflect his or the university’s values.

The forum went on for two hours, allowing people to discuss their outrage and concern surrounding the incident.

Chief Officer of Diversity Maurice Stinnett moderated the forum and encouraged the attendees to make suggestions about what the school can do better.

“I have felt unsafe on this campus before, but never had I felt undoubtedly sure that this administration will not protect me,” one student said.


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