Indiana University removed a poster asking “Can Santa Claus Be a Black Man?” from an undergrad residence hall on campus.
No one knows exactly when the poster appeared on a bulletin board in Foster Residence Center, but was taken down Monday night after some students said they felt it was offensive and promoted negative racial stereotypes. As The Chronicle of Higher Education reports,
The display, posted for the university’s Community Education Program, features a black Santa Claus wearing sunglasses and playing a saxophone. It asks if a black Santa would visit only the ghetto, and whether or not people would let a black Santa down their chimney.
The university used their Twitter account to issue a public apology Monday night: