Message Posted on UF Campus Sparks Racial Controversy
Published February 28th, 2014
GAINESVILLE- It was the flier heard about around campus.
This week at UF a racially charged message was posted around campus as a joke-but a large group of asian and pacific islander american students see it as everything but funny.
A fake advertisement for an asian restaurant, preying upon a sensitive stereotype.
At least 10 of these fliers were reported to have been seen posted on campus in heavily trafficked areas.
Those assumed to be responsible for the messages sent an anonymous email to the director for Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, Alex Cena.
Part of the email explains the motive behind posting the flier.
UF APIA member, Kayla Tran read a portion of the apology:
"...We created the poster as a social experiment to get people's responses. We wanted to put reactions to the voicemail on youtube, what we really wanted was to make fun of the people who called in thought it was a serious ad."
Criminal charges can't be filed against whoever is responsible for the message because they did not threaten anyone.
However University administrators say they would send those who posted the flier to counseling services available on campus
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