So this happened.
In what they called an attempt to raise awareness and promote discussion on race, gender and sexual identity issues, Indiana University posted a bulletin asking if Santa Claus could be black and if he was, would he be welcome down your chimney?
Naturally, this ill-advised display caused some controversy.
But then there was this:
And to add insult to injury, students were then asked to add their answers to the bulletin. But when replies amounted to absolute shock and disgust, the school admitted the campaign was misguided and took the bulletin down.
Not surprisingly, the failed attempt sparked massive outrage across the campus and on social media. The university was forced to promptly apologize for what they couldn’t see was offensive in the first place.
‘The sign is being removed. The intention was to educate, not offend, but we recognize the problem and apologize to everyone effected,’ wrote @IUBloomington on Monday.
‘While the intent was good the execution was misguided,’ University spokesman Mark Land told WHTR.
‘This program has a good record of fostering debate among students on important issues, but this effort missed the mark.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail | PHOTO CREDIT: IU Student Television/Screengrab