Flyers comparing crime rates of blacks and whites in the United States were reportedly found on the Cal Poly campus on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Photos of the flyers, which circulated on social media, prompted angry reactions and allegations of racism from numerous commenters. Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong responded, albeit not to the specific flyers, with an email statement saying “hate has no place at Cal Poly.”
Last Week, Cal Poly student Gina Welisch stated on Facebook that “extremely racist flyers” were found hanging on campus on Martin Luther King Day. Welisch included photos of the flyers in her Facebook post.
The flyers list numerous crime statistics, citing the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics’ 2010 National Crime Victimization Survey.
“62,593 blacks were the victims of white violence while 320,082 whites were the victims of black violence,” the flyers state.
“With those numbers blacks commit 5x more violence against whites than whites do against blacks.
“But this figure is misleading because the population for whites and blacks are not the same.
“When adjusted for population size… blacks commit 25x more violent assaults than whites do against blacks.
“And when it comes to a specific kind of assault… aggravated assault
“The rate for blacks is 200x higher against whites than it is for whites against blacks
“So is there an epidemic of racial tension and violence in this country against blacks? I don’t know, you tell me.”
Additionally, the flyers cite statistics comparing blacks’ and whites’ rates of committing domestic violence and homicide; getting incarcerated; receiving welfare and food stamps; and contracting AIDS.
On Monday, Armstrong responded in an email sent to the Cal Poly community.
“We condemn any act intended to intimidate, frighten, harass or hurt a member of our campus community. Such actions are borne of ignorance and cowardice and seek to promote division and false narratives rather than empathy and thoughtful discussion — the very ideals for which our university stands,” Armstrong stated.