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University of Iowa students react to offensive messages popping up across campus

An offensive flyer posted on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City, Iowa on Tuesday, Oct....
An offensive flyer posted on the University of Iowa campus in Iowa City, Iowa on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016. The fliers target the Latino, Native American, African American and LGBTQ communities. (Phil Reed/KCRG-TV9)(KCRG)
Published: Oct. 25, 2016 at 5:58 PM CDT
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The University of Iowa is trying to figure out who is behind offensive fliers found on campus. The fliers target the Latino, Native American, African American and LGBTQ communities.

On October 10th, someone first found fliers near the campus’s Latino Native American Cultural Center, LGBTQ Resource Center and Afro-American Cultural Center.

Just this past Sunday, a resident assistant discovered a bulletin board in a residence hall with fliers with similar messages.

Alantrah Wright is trying to keep an open mind on the hateful messages that someone posted outside of the Afro-American Culture Center.

She says, "You just can't blame every white person you see from now on. If you want, try to make a social change."

Some of flyers read “are you sick of anti-white propaganda in college.” Another one reads “we have a right to exist.” The flyers cover Hillary Clinton yard signs.

Wright wants the people posting the messages to come visit the cultural center.

She says, "Anyone and everyone can come here. Black, white, Asian, Latino, Hispanic…. It's just a great study spot anyone can come here, and they will feel inclusive here. It's just a great study spot to hangout and have an open conversation.”

The University is urging students and staff to use their new Hawk Watch app to report any suspicious activity.

To get the app, you have to search and download “Rave Guardian.” You then use your campus email to login.