Bianca Saenz, a sophomore mortuary science student at Wayne State, said she found a flier promoting white supremacy and alt-right websites near campus on Monday, Sept. 25.
Saenz said she was walking to Domino’s Pizza on Woodward Avenue at around 1 a.m. when she saw the flier attached to a wall outside the Wayne Party Store on Cass Avenue - across the street from the College of Nursing.
The flier reads: “In 1960 America was 90% White. Today America is 60% White. We must secure the existence of our race and a future for white children. Make America white again.”
Nothing on or posted near the flier identifies a particular group or person responsible, and Saenz said it was the only one she found.
“I felt threatened because I’d never seen anything like that. I’d never experienced anything like that, so just to see it firsthand was like… Wow, this is a real thing,” she said. “This isn’t just something that you see on tv or you hear about on the radio, it’s real.”
Saenz documented her discovery through the social media app Snapchat by sharing it with her friends but right after finding the flier, Saenz said she took it down.
“I didn’t want anyone else, like a person of color, to feel how I felt. And how I felt scared and threatened,” she said. “I didn’t want anyone else to feel that way. So I just took it down.”
WSU Director of Communications Matt Lockwood said the university supports and protects people’s constitutional rights to free speech and assembly, and takes these values very seriously, but diversity and inclusion has always been a part of its mission.
“Similar to other universities, Wayne State has broader responsibilities, including diversity and inclusion, which are woven into our history, our mission, our strategic plan and most importantly our day-to-day interactions with each other,” he wrote in an email. “While freedom of speech is important, we will not tolerate acts of harassment or intimidation taken against anyone. It’s important that if you see something that you believe is inappropriate that you report it directly to campus police at 313-577-2222 along with any additional information available (e.g., time, location, photographs).”