Dozens Of ‘White Student Unions’ Appear On Social Media Amid Anti-Racism Protests

Given the rapid speed with which they have emerged, some have questioned whether the groups are really created by students.
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    At least 30 social media profiles of so-called “white student unions” have been set up in the last week, in response to nationwide student protests demanding action to address campus racism.

    The pages claim to represent students at universities like Stanford, New York University and UC Berkeley, as well as at the University of Missouri, where protests this month forced the ouster of president Tim Wolfe and inspired activism on campuses elsewhere.

    It appears that the first of these WSUs was the “Illini White Student Union”, created at the University of Illinois just hours after students gathered for a black solidarity event on campus last Wednesday. Its page has since been taken down by Facebook at the request of campus administrators.

    “The Illinois student union that came on last week made us jump at the chance of creating an online presence,” according to someone claiming to be a spokesman for the WSU at UT Austin, who would not give his real name. “We kind of kicked ourselves for not doing it beforehand.”

    UT Austin’s WSU describes itself on its page as a “group to promote the ethnic interests of white students and to protect us from BLM [Black Lives Matter] terrorism”. The spokesman said the group started as a collection of like-minded friends who began meeting to discuss topics like pride in white heritage and a sense that, in college classes, students are “drowning in an anti-white narrative”.

    Pedestrians walk by Sather Gate on the UC Berkeley campus on May 22, 2014 in Berkeley, California.Given the rapid speed with which they have emerged, some have questioned whether the groups are really created by students. In a Medium post by the author “Bears for Equity”, it was noted late Sunday that well known white-supremacist and Neo-Nazi blogger Andrew Anglin called for his followers to “[m]ake more of these White Student Union pages on Facebook for various universities. You don’t have to go there. Make one for Dartmouth, Princeton, etc.”

    The spokesman for the UT Austin WSU denied any connection to Anglin, and said that Anglin’s call for more group pages “really makes me cringe” and “cheapens what we are doing”. He also noted that the first post on his group’s page was made Friday, one day before Anglin’s post.

    Other groups contacted by the Guardian also denied any connection to Anglin. A representative for the University of North Carolina WSU told the Guardian that “we denounce Anglin’s call for ‘dummy’ WSUs” and said they do not want to be associated with Anglin’s blog “The Stormer”. Similarly, a representative for the UCLA WSU said that Anglin’s “views and website are not at all representative of what we believe”. The WSU at UC Berkeley also denied any affiliation.

    None of the representatives contacted were willing to identify themselves, citing security concerns. All of them also refused requests to confirm their student status by sending a message from an official school email.

    Several of the WSUs claim to be part of the “National European American Student Association”, which, according to the representative for the UNC WSU, was “founded late last month as an umbrella congress for white student unions”.

    María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo, a professor at NYU’s School of Social and Cultural Analysis, said that the analogy the groups were making between white student unions and the student unions for black, Latino, Native American and other marginalized groups was a weak one. “The celebration of whiteness as a race has a particular history of racial violence, and exclusion,” she said.

    In the late 1980s, according to the Journal of Higher Education, at least six white students’ groups emerged around the country, and, at Temple University and the University of Florida, even managed to become officially recognized by the schools. Several school administrators told the journal in 1990 that the students were largely inspired “by the conservative politics of Ronald Reagan”.

    According to a spokesperson for the University of Florida, that school’s WSU had just five members and only lasted about a year, dissolving when its members graduated. Temple University did not respond to a Guardian request for comment.

    In 2012, Townson University senior Matthew Heimbach briefly gained national attention for founding a white student union which sought to “create a safe space for members who have filed hate/bias reports and who have had anti-white language used against them”. Some other students, often claiming to be inspired by Heimbach, have launched similar efforts since, but not with the apparent frequency seen in the last week.

    Some of the recent pages seem more likely than others to be fake. A recent graduate of NYU, who didn’t want to give his name out of fear of online reprisals, said that when he started engaging with posters on the NYU WSU page, he noticed many had online ties to the white supremacist website Stormfront, and were far from New York City, in places like Atlanta and Portland, Maine. “I think that it probably did originate on Stormfront,” he said, “and got picked up by people on 4chan who just get amusement out of riling up ‘social justice warriors’, as they call them.”

    Saldaña-Portillo said that even if the NYU WSU group wasn’t “real”, it still presented a problem. “It’s a parody that wants to belittle the language of black student movements and to try to show them as ridiculous,” she said. “So they don’t get let off the hook if it’s a hoax, because the hoax is the point.

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    • TeeJae

      Good god. Nothing like a pro-black article to get the racists to come crawling out of the woodwork. You people should be ashamed of yourselves.

    • Mike Pressley

      Every picture of them shows them posing like they smelled sxxt. Shades of the Black Panthers era.

    • IronThor

      The anti white hatred and rhetoric is epidemic, and they are even turning on their white liberal counterparts.

      • TeeJae

        How so?: What are they doing? Give some specifics, with source citations, if you want anyone to believe you.

    • Trolls-GFY

      All the people involved in these organizations have been recruited by SOROS. The purpose is, and has always been, to divide this country. It’s called divide and conquer. These kids have no vested interest in any of this. They are merely puppets.

      • taz smith

        These are clueless, mindless kids. Most of them have no clue if any of them do, who george soros is…. Much less all the atrocities that soros wants to create in America to destroy America.

        • TeeJae

          Soros? LOL Try the Koch brothers.

    • Vaughn H

      Can you blame them for organizing a White Student Union? Let’s look at just some of what kind of exclusive organizations black people have:Black Student Unions, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. College Negro Fund. Black Entertainment Television, Black All-American Football
      Team. Black College Bowl Game. Soul Train. “Soul Night” at the Club. BET Awards. Afro-American in the Arts. Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Awards. The National Association for the Advancement of
      Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards. National Coalition of 100 Black Women. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Theatre Awards. Black Country BeActive Partnership. Black College Football Hall of Fame. Black College Football Poll. Black College Football National Championship. Etc. etc. etc. Where’s the uproar? Change the word “Black”, “Negro”, or “Soul”, to “White”, “Hispanic”, or ‘Asian’ and watch the riots begin!!! I guess racism is a one-way street called African-American Avenue!

      • TeeJae

        When whites become slaves to black landowners, and when blacks start enjoying more civil and legal rights than whites, then come back and talk to us. Until then, STFU.

    • Bigscott

      There will never be perfect harmony between different colored people, adversity seems to be the natural order of things.

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    • theTurnerDiarrhoeas

      People need to re-cap on some history before they condemn Black Student Unions. There is a reason why they were created decades ago….Furthermore, Black Student Unions are about justice, natural balance, and against discrimination and persecution of all people. Where as, White Student Unions are about white supremacacy , bullying, racism, terrorist acts( burning of items, literature inciting violence towards people of colour, lynchings etc) and the wrongs that SOME hites have done.

      • Jim Kennedy Summers

        Who are you to think you can determine what White Student Unions are about? And Black Student Unions are NOT about justice, balance, or against discrimination or ending persecution of all people, they are about idiotic blind racism and Black supremacy directed against Whites.

        • TeeJae

          Let’s ask you the same question: “Who are YOU to think you can determine what Black Student Unions are about?”

      • IronThor

        You know, Guy Fawkes was white. Perhaps you should use a Louis Farrakhan mask instead.

      • Alexis Faith

        You’re making some pretty big assumptions there based primarily if not solely on the race of the people involved. Sounds more racist to me than the racists you and the BLM movement claim everyone else to be.

    • Jim Kennedy Summers

      The author of this article would never put quotes around ‘Black Student Unions’, the use of the quotes for ‘White Student Unions’ is propaganda by the author to suggest that White Unions are by definition not real while Black organizations of the same nature are completely legitimate. None of this bias is surprising if you already know that The Guardian is an anti-White Socialist paper.

    • slappy d

      all white students should file a class action law suit on their universities for letting this racist and fascist behavior on their campuses. demand your tuition back and organize and protest your congressman or senator to cut off funding to every university in the country that is letting this revolting behavior continue. whites have a right to the exact same treatment as any other minority on campus. we have seen this behavior before in the world, when Mao took over china without firing a shot, Hitler campaign of hate against minorities, and Chi Guerra, with the murdering of any person with a education. all americans shuld petition their representatives with the threat of voting them out if they give a dime to this racial lynching by minorties

      • TeeJae

        “Revolting behavior?” “Racial lynching?”

        How so?

      • Pamela

        It’s really lynching of majority poor working class whites, by RICH ARROGANT WHITE DEMOCRATS. Their weapon of WMD? Non-whites, and their “minority privilege” given to them by RICH ARROGANT WHITE DEMOCRATS.