A university featured a poster depicting a whistling, golf club-carrying President Donald Trump walking away from a dead Puerto Rican child, according to a Tuesday report.
East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania displayed the poster as part of an “Inclusion Project” for a graphic design class taught by professor David Mazure, reported the Washington Examiner on Tuesday. The poster of Trump is similar to a photo of a Syrian child who was found dead on a Turkish beach in 2015.
“To see this poster hanging up on our main building, the first thought [I had] was how embarrassed I was and how I felt isolated from the campus…which greatly upsets me because I loved this university,” student Chris Ferro told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “The poster is in horrible taste, and yet the university has approved it and continues to have it hanging up.”
“For an inclusion project, I’ve never felt more excluded here at East Stroudsburg University,” Ferro added.
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The graphic design project “is intended to continue the dialogue and conversation by providing a public resource that challenges students, faculty, staff, administration, and visitors with the many facets of social inclusions,” said Jo Bruno, the school’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, according to an email sent to the campus community and obtained by the Washington Examiner.
The poster depicting Trump is not the only one hung Mazure’s class. Other posters included “messages of acceptance” like same-sex and interracial couples, as well as a poster that says “labels don’t define you.”
“We typically do a poster project every semester so I thought it was a great way to engage the ESU community with an important social issue as well as to teach my students the necessary elements of poster design,” said the professor to ESU Insider. “I really want this to spark awareness and possibly start deeper conversations about issues of inclusivity on campus. Every university should be having these discussions.”
Some students have other views.
“These posters literally isolate any Republican/conservative student on this campus. We talk about unity but exclude a group entirely,” Matt Deegan, president of the school’s College Republicans, told the Washington Examiner. The school has told him to change projects to ensure that people do not think the university is taking a political stance, Deegan said.
TheDCNF reached out to East Stroudsburg University for comment, but received none in time for press.
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