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Writing alluding to white nationalist ideas found on the Multicultural Student Center whiteboards

Someone wrote messages alluding to white nationalist ideals on whiteboards at the Morris family’s multicultural student center on February 26. (Bailey Britton | Collegian Media Group)

Phrases such as “all lives matter,” “because it’s a huge joke” and “donate to white nationalist causes” were scrawled on whiteboards at the Morris Family Multicultural Student Center on Feb. 26. Whiteboards, usually filled with questions and positive messages, are open to anyone to write on.

Someone wrote messages alluding to white nationalist ideals on whiteboards at the Morris Family Multicultural Student Center on February 26.  (Bailey Britton | Collegian Media Group)
Someone wrote messages alluding to white nationalist ideals on whiteboards at the Morris Family Multicultural Student Center on February 26. (Bailey Britton | Collegian Media Group)

Vedant Kulkarni, a candidate for student body president and a senior in journalism and management information systems, said he ran from the K-State Student Union to the multicultural center after receiving a Snapchat from the whiteboards around 1:45 p.m.

“I just rushed to the Multicultural Student Center to see with my own eyes what happened and thought it was just a sentence,” Kulkarni said. “When I arrived at the Multicultural Student Center, I met Trumanue Lindsey…and we saw that on every chatroom and everywhere they could write, they had written statements that were disgusting to say the least.”

Someone wrote messages alluding to white nationalist ideals on whiteboards at the Morris Family Multicultural Student Center on February 26.  (Bailey Britton | Collegian Media Group)
Someone wrote messages alluding to white nationalist ideals on whiteboards at the Morris Family Multicultural Student Center on February 26. (Bailey Britton | Collegian Media Group)

Kulkarni said Trumanue Lindsey, director of diversity and multicultural student life, was in the building when he arrived. Lindsey did not respond to a request for comment at the time of publication.

“It’s awful,” Kulkarni said. “It’s horrible and it makes me nauseous. Just because we’ve been through so much with the issue of white nationalism, white supremacy and groups promoting bigotry and seeing that happen at the Multicultural Student Center, which is supposed to be our sort of beacon of inclusivity, is appalling.

Someone wrote messages alluding to white nationalist ideals on whiteboards at the Morris Family Multicultural Student Center on February 26.  (Bailey Britton | Collegian Media Group)
Someone wrote messages alluding to white nationalist ideals on whiteboards at the Morris Family Multicultural Student Center on February 26. (Bailey Britton | Collegian Media Group)

The story will be updated as new information becomes available.

My name is Bailey Britton and I am the former editor of Collegian. Previously, I was associate editor and editor-in-chief. I also articled for the Manhattan Mercury and the Colby Free Press. I grew up in Colby, Kansas and am a major in journalism and English. Through the Collegian, I aim to provide the K-State community with quality media coverage as we learn to serve our campus.