It's OK to be white

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It's OK to be white is a slogan and meme based on a poster campaign organised on 4chan in 2017.[1] Posters and stickers containing the sentence "It's okay to be white" were placed in streets in the US and on campuses in the US, Canada and the UK. Its purpose was to demonstrate that the sentence would be considered racist.[citation needed]


Many of the flyers were torn down, and their posting was widely condemned as covertly racist.


A spokesman for a Waterloo Region District School Board commented "Our schools are safe spaces. We want to see them be safe for all of our children, so to see this kind of thing emerge is a worry."[2]

The University of Utah said "If, indeed, these tactics are meant to silence our work in diversity and inclusion, please know we shall not be deterred."[3] Concordia College said that their president was planning a meeting where students could "discuss the matter".[4]

Police were contacted regarding the flyers being posted at University of California Berkeley. A police department spokesperson said "the signs did not constitute a hate crime because they did not target a specific race and because no criminal act was committed".[5][6]


While some media sources reacted in the way the 4chan plan had expected, others described the campaign as "trolling",[7] or a "prank".[8]

Tucker Carlson on Fox News, according to Media matters defended the campaign, in a segment entitled "High school Fliers Create Shock and Horror".[9][10]

The Root compared it with the children's book It's Okay To Be Different and said "But white folks have taken that beautiful sentiment and distorted it to suit their infinite need to center themselves."[11]

In other media[edit]

According to Think Progress, T-shirts with the slogan were put on sale at Shopify by Milo Yiannopoulos.[12]


  1. "'It's okay to be white' signs and stickers appear on campuses and streets across the country". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-11-05.
  5. Richardson, Bradford (10 November 2017). "'It's OK to be white' campaign rankles higher education". The Washington Times. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  6. Upwelling, Elise (7 November 2017). "'It's Okay to be White' posters found at UC Berkeley". The Daily Californian. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  7. Eric Sandy. "4chan Troll Movement Hits Rocky River with 'It's OK To Be White' Signs | Scene and Heard: Scene's News Blog". Retrieved 2017-11-05.
  8. "Maryland High School investigating flyers with simple 5-word message about white people". TheBlaze. Retrieved 2017-11-05.

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