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IU removes ‘misguided’ black Santa display

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A bulletin board meant to provoke discussions of racial stereotypes has been removed from an Indiana University residence hall after generating outrage on social media.

The Foster Residence Center display featured an African-American in a Santa suit and the question, “Can Santa Claus be a black man?”

WTHR-TV reports ( that the display also asked whether a black Santa would be allowed down the chimney or would only visit poor urban areas.

IU spokesman Mark Land said the display was part of a residence hall diversity program designed to promote discussions about race, gender and sexual identity. He said the intent was good but calls the execution “misguided.”

The display was removed Monday night.