April 26, 2017

CMU College Republicans: anti-semitic Valentine's Day card a mistake

10 February 2017, 02:07 | Simon Arnold

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An anti-Semitic Valentine's Day card was passed out by a member of Central Michigan University's College Republicans on Wednesday, sparking national attention and a campus protest.

Rodriguez and her friend are part of Organization of Women Leaders, and their meeting was beginning around the same time College Republicans at Anspach hall on CMU's campus.

The group apologized on Facebook, saying it doesn't condone anti-Semitism and that the card was made and placed in the bag without its knowledge. "This type of hurtful, offensive language is unacceptable", Knight said.

"We caution against concluding that the action is representative of the entire student organization or its members and remind all that threatening others as a result of such an incident can have legal consequences", Ross' statement said.

In its Facebook statement, the College Republicans said the valentine went out without the group's knowledge.

We once again urge each of our students, faculty and staff to be beacons of peace, respect, inclusivity and civility - to be role models of integrity, dignity and leadership.

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"The College Republicans as an organization did not distribute this valentine". The club's president, Mackenzie Flynn, told Central Michigan Life that one of the club's members printed out a page of Valentine's memes - including the one of Hitler - and put one in each of the bags.

"We apologize for any offense, and want students to know that we do not tolerate this sort of behavior", College Republicans said in their statement.

The other two emails, written under the subject line "African American Student Diversity", threatened to kill black students and saluted the KKK and Donald Trump.

The card, however, sparked outrage among students on social media.

The messages were spoofed, according to the campus newspaper, The Michigan Daily, and even the school's renowned cybersecurity professor, Dr. J. Alex Halderman, was affected, along with his PhD-level assistant.

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