Mysterious signs reading "It's okay to be white" have been popping up in a Fort Worth, Texas, neighborhood, and nobody is sure who is behind their presence.
What do we know about the signs?
According to KTVT-TV, the paper flyers — a stark white with plain all-caps black letters — simply stated, "It's okay to be white."
The station reported that no one in the neighborhood is sure what to make of the flyers — whether they were meant to be a joke, or if there was something more nefarious at work.
By midday Thursday, the signs were all removed.
What has been the response to the signs?
Many area residents — including a local councilman who represents the district — felt that the flyers were discriminatory and were disgusted by their presence in the neighborhood.
Resident Lois Burt said that she discovered the flyers while walking the neighborhood. She said she tore the sign down and ripped it in half.
"I don't care what color you are," she told KTVT. "I don't care what religion you are. I don't care what your economic status is. You judge people by how they act.
"If you have an opinion, you don't put it on public posts — that's littering," she added.
Councilman Cary Moon added that the signs appeared at a time following a report that was allegedly sent to the council regarding other discriminatory signs that appeared in other parts of Fort Worth.
“I condemn any type of literature sign that is posted that may be offensive to some folks,” Moon said.
What happened at Tufts University?
The flyers don't seem to be limited to the Fort Worth area. What appear to be exact replicas of the signs appeared in Medford, Massachusetts, Wednesday night.
The flyers were notably concentrated on the campus of Tufts University, many affixed to "get out the vote" signs placed in the vicinity.
On Thursday, university students and administrators said that the flyers were a symbol of white nationalism.
Tufts President Anthony P. Monaco condemned the messages in a note to the campus.
“We have watched with great sadness as incidents of hate and division have taken place across our nation in recent months — most recently in Pittsburgh, where Jewish worshipers were killed by an anti-Semitic gunman,” Monaco wrote. “These incidents remind us of the need for continued vigilance against hatred and those who espouse it.
“We are committed to ensuring that everyone here – students, faculty, and staff — can learn, teach, and work in safety,” he added. “We will not allow those intent on division to demean and diminish any member of our community.”
According to reports, "identical posters" appeared on campuses of nine other universities, including the University of Delaware, Duke University, and Harvard University.
The Tufts Community Union Senate Executive Board also condemned the flyers in a Thursday Facebook post.
“[We] were shocked to learn that posters with language linked to white supremacist hate groups were found on our campus last night,” the message stated. “We want to take this moment to reaffirm our support for the members of our community targeted by white supremacist hatred, especially our students of color, Jewish students, Muslim students, and LGBTQ+ students.”
“White supremacy has no place on our campus. It is more important now than ever to stand firmly against this hatred and bigotry while reaffirming that the Tufts community is strong precisely because of its diversity,” the Facebook message continued.