United States / 09-02-2017
Michigan - The Central Michigan University president says he is “deeply disappointed” about an antisemitic Valentine’s Day card that was produced during a campus Republican group meeting, then apparently given to a pair of students by a member of that group, which says it was an unsanctioned mistake.
The card was in a bag that was handed to the students Wednesday night by a member of the College Republicans at Central Michigan, which immediately apologized while distancing itself from the incident. The card, which the group called “very inappropriate,” shows Adolf Hitler alongside the words “my love 4 u burns like 6,000 jews” .
University President George Ross said campus leaders met Thursday morning “to review the situation and determine next steps.”
“This is not who we are as a campus community,” he said in a statement. “Such hurtful, offensive language, while protected by the First Amendment, is unacceptable and is not consistent with our values and standards.”
School administrators, he added, “caution against concluding that the action is representative of the entire student organization or its members.”
In a statement, the College Republicans at the university in Mount Pleasant, Mich., said they were not responsible for the antisemitic card.
“At tonight’s College Republicans meeting, we had a Valentine’s Day party, in which each member decorated a bag and other members placed valentines inside of others’ bags,” the group said. “Unfortunately, a very inappropriate card was placed into a bag without other members’ knowledge. A bag was then given away to students sitting in Anspach [Hall], once again without members’ knowledge of its contents. The College Republicans as an organization did not distribute this valentine. We in no way condone this type of rhetoric or anti-Semitism. We apologize for any offense and want students to know that we do not tolerate this sort of behavior.”