Stickers from a West Virginia neo-Nazi group appeared Monday on the Washington State University campus.
“Earth’s Most Endangered Species: The White Race,” read the stickers. “Help preserve it. Write or call the National Alliance.”
The National Alliance, based in Hillsboro, W.Va., is headed by William Pierce, a former Oregon State University physicist who wrote “The Turner Diaries.” The book, set in the future, is the tale of American white supremacists who, infuriated at “race-mixing,” begin a campaign of domestic terrorism that leads to bloody revolution.
The half-dozen bright-orange stickers, about 3 inches by 4 inches, were stuck on light poles and overpass railings between the Compton Union Building - a popular student gathering spot - and the French Administration Building, the university’s administrative headquarters.
It’s unclear whether the university will remove the stickers, although passers-by had torn away parts of several Monday. Michael Kenny, acting WSU police chief, couldn’t be reached late Monday afternoon.
Fliers with a similar message appeared on campus last spring, minority students said Monday. The fliers, patterned after “Missing Child” posters, showed a white baby and said the white race is disappearing.
Minority student leaders said the literature was disturbing, but said the best thing is to not blow it out of proportion.
“The best thing we can do to counter this type of literature is to not entertain it. People are going to look for how you’re going to respond,” said Eric Garris, vice president of the African-American Students’ Association.
“People who do stuff like this are asking for a lot of controversy. And it is a setback to the university,” he said.
“It doesn’t really affect me that much. I just ignore it. It’s basically out of stupidity,” said Bill Dowdy, chairman of the Native American Alliance, an umbrella group of American Indian student clubs.
Overall, he said, WSU’s racial climate is “pretty good,” although minority student groups would like to see more hiring of people of color.
The stickers may encourage racists on campus, said Jessica Sherburne, president of Mujeres Unidas, a Chicana and Latina women’s group.
“It provokes a lot of racial tension and angers a lot of people,” she said.
On the plus side, such incidents encourage the minority student groups to band together, she said.
“Our biggest defense in fighting stuff like this is education,” she said, such as inviting whites to more minority student functions.