University of Michigan Says #StopIslam Messages On Diag Are Not ‘Hateful,’ Does Not Take Action
Messages chalked across U of M's "Diag" in the center of the Ann Arbor campus on Wednesday read #StopIslam and #Trump2016. Naturally, concerns were voiced, but a spokesman for U of M told Buzzfeed News that the messages did not constitute "hateful or threatening speech."
The spokesman also said that while the university was continuing to investigate, the messages were not something that university officials would remove.
So, students -- including those of Islam faith -- hit The Diag to clean up.
The university released a statement that reads in part:
“Earlier today someone used chalk to write a #stopislam message on the main square in the heart of our campus known as the Diag.
Attacks directed toward any member or group within the University of Michigan community, based on a belief or characteristic, are inconsistent with our values of respect, civility and equality.
We all understand that where speech is free it will sometimes wound.
But our message is this: We are fully committed to fostering an environment that is welcoming and inclusive of everyone.”