SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Educators at Santa Barbara City College are concerned after white supremacy posters were found plastered around the school's entrance.
The posters were found by Raeanne Napoleon chemistry professor early Thursday morning and reported her findings to school administration.
"I don't know what made me notice the sign, but something made me stop and read it. It wasn't particularly big. It wasn't colorful. It was black and white, but something about the sign made me stop and read it," said Napoleon.
From one street light pole to the next, Napoleon tore down the posters.
"I started reading the small print associated with it and the language and it was saying. It was extremely problematic almost instantly. I knew right away it was clearly a white supremacy advertisement," said Napoleon.
Santa Barbara City College's administration and security department are concerned about the posters. The posters were brought up during the SBCC Board of Trustees meeting Thursday. This news comes a week after the school adopted a resolution to ensure that all their students would be safe on campus, particularly AB 540, DACA and undocumented students. Every staff member was instructed to direct any inquiries regarding SBCC students and their records from law enforcement such as ICE to President Anthony Beebe or Executive Vice President Paul Jarrell.
It's unclear who printed and taped the posters up, but it's clear the posters came from the American Vanguard Organization. According to its manifesto posted on a website, "White America is under attack."
Reporter Vicky Nguyen showed photos of the poster to some SBCC students.
"I think it's out of anger and misinformation that whoever did it needs to get some major education, learn more and realize that what they're saying is not just morally wrong, but flat out untrue," said Jackson Hayes, a SBCC student.
We reached out to American Vanguard. This was the response we received:
"American Vanguard's mission is the establishment of a white homeland in North America. This is a goal shared by many college students today, indicated by the dozens of universities across the country where our organization is active."