The University of Massachusetts at Amherst told a college student Nicole Parsons to remove a sign from her dorm room window that read “Fuck Nazis. You are not welcome here” – because it wasn’t “inclusive.”
Parsons placed the sign in her window after a swastika was drawn on campus earlier this month.
Resident director Eddie Papazoni sent the following email to Parsons last week
“While Residence Education cannot force you or your roommate to take the sign down, I am asking that you or your roommate take the sign down so that all students can be a part of an inclusive residential experience, as well as having a respectful environment to be a part of here on our campus,”
Parsons said the sign had been up for less than a week before she received the email. Two other members of the resident life staff also approached her.
I decided that if UMass won’t condemn these actions, then someone should,” Parsons said.
The college later released a statement on the resident director’s email, calling it “poorly worded.”
“UMass Amherst emphatically rejects Nazis, and any other hate group, a view expressed in the students’ sign. However, we are sensitive to the use of profanity, which some could find inappropriate.”