Most students were shocked that Powell is black herself and hung the signs that evoked segregation and that she believed the signs were “OK” because it was art.
“The first thing you do when planning something like this is seeing if it’s ethical or not and that was where the line was crossed,” said a student at the meeting.
Eric Turman, a UB graduate, went to the BSU meeting not knowing what the topic of discussion was.
“After I got a gist of what happened, no one understood the problem,” Turman said. “Everyone attacked [Powell] for awakening us and acknowledging the fact that white people didn’t care about the signs and we are still hurt.”
Chelsea Whitney, a freshman biomedical sciences major, said she was appalled the signs would be hung in 2015. Whitney, who is white, said no matter Powell’s intention, there was no excuse for the signs to be put up.
“Even white students were offended,” Whitney said.