University of Buffalo ‘White Only’ Art Project Stirs Up Controversy

University of Buffalo is currently in hot water after a student art project turned into a reenactment of segregation.

Students at UB found “WHITE ONLY” signs near their bathrooms and water fountains Wednesday morning, and a university spokesperson has since announced that they’re part of an art project.

After an initial investigation by University Police, it has been determined that the signs posted in Clemens Hall were part of a student art project. The University is continuing to review this matter through appropriate university policies and procedures.

Um… that’s what you call an art project?

“It brought up feelings of the past of a past that our generation has never seen which I think is why it was so shocking for us to see,” said Micah Oliver, the President for the Black Student Union. “There was fear expressed, anger, disappointment – all of that.”

More than 100 students showed up at the club meeting Wednesday night to discuss the signs and several students left in tears.

Grad student Ashley Powell admitted to posting the signs for her “Installation: Urban Spaces” class, which requires the creation of an art installation in a public space.

Powell, who is black, apologized for hurting people but defended the project as a work of art.

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