Hate speech signage found at the University of Utah has been removed

| Tribune file photo University of Utah students walk around campus.

A banner and stickers that officials say are linked to hate groups have been removed from the University of Utah campus.

In a message titled “Condemning Racism” posted on the U.’s website, President Ruth Watkins said a banner was found on the George S. Eccles Legacy Bridge on Saturday and stickers showed up elsewhere on campus earlier in the week. She said two separate groups labeled as white supremacists by the Anti-Defamation League were responsible.

She did not reveal what the banner and stickers said, but noted the university has an ethical obligation to call out hate speech.

“Let me be clear, while our campus is an open forum where individuals may express their views, the rhetoric used by these groups does not align with or reflect the University of Utah’s values,” Watkins wrote. “These cowardly, faceless and non-university sanctioned tactics are designed to disrupt and frighten individuals and communities, and to garner attention for an insidious ideology that has no place on our campus or in our community."

Racist flyers from the white supremacist group Vanguard America were posted on campus in 2017.

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