‘White Only’ signs stir up controversy at University of Buffalo

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — Students at the University at Buffalo found signs reading “White Only” posted near restrooms and water fountains Wednesday morning.

“It brought up feelings of the past of a past that our generation has never seen which I think is why it was so shocking for us to see,” said Micah Oliver, the President for the Black Student Union.

He said emotions were running high as the club had more than 100 students turn out to their regular meeting Wednesday night to discuss the signs.

“There was fear expressed, anger, disappointment – all of that,” said Oliver.

A University at Buffalo spokesperson released this statement to News 4 —

“After an initial investigation by University Police, it has been determined that the signs posted in Clemens Hall were part of a student art project. The University is continuing to review this matter through appropriate university policies and procedures.”

Students on campus say art or not, the signs cross the line.

“I think a lot of people like artsy extreme stuff and use that sometimes as an excuse to get away with anything,” said Mikhal Gonzalez, a UB freshman. “I don’t think that’s right.”

We reached out to the student who allegedly posted the signs around campus. She hasn’t gotten back to us with a comment.

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