Students at college campuses across the United States have begun forming their own satirical groups challenging the militant black separationist student movement, which the students say is unfairly demonizing and promoting violence against white students.
The organization of the White Student Union (WSU) on Facebook first began last week in response to a Black Solidarity Rally at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Illini WSU Facebook page encouraged students to “expose the double standards” at the rally as well as any references of hatred, violence against white students, projected by the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. The page also made reference to anti-white “terrorism” projected by the BLM at the University of Missouri.
“The White Student Union stands for protecting Free Speech, Free Assembly and Freedom of Religion,” a post on the page reads. “Yes, we want white students as members however, we will advocate for any minorities who feel their freedom of speech has been trumped on due to having a dissenting opinion from the Black Supremacist radical groups. We will also stand up for anyone's rights to practice and display Christianity on college campuses!”
Immediately on Thursday, the university released a statement condemning the WSU page and demanding that the administrator of the page shut it down. Soon after that, University of Illinois Police Department (UIPD) spokesman Jeff Christensen sent out a mass email saying that the UIPD was working with the university to monitor the page, offering support to students who were offended by the page.
“[W]e know that incidents like this create a sense of fear and shake your confidence in the safety of our campus," Christensen said.
The university also asked Facebook to remove the page and said that it would provide “safe spaces” Thursday, Friday, and “after Thanksgiving break” to all students affected by the incident.
“It is disturbing and cowardly that someone would create an anonymous and senseless social media page specifically designed to intimidate others, including and especially our students. When we became aware of the page, we immediately contacted Facebook and requested that it be removed," Illini spokeswoman Robin Kaler said in an email to students. "Facebook has been responsive to our requests, but the page continues to be reposted. We are continuing to work with Facebook to address this matter. We recognize that passions run deep on all sides of many issues, but actions like this are senseless and hurtful and do nothing to foster meaningful dialogue.”
“Yes, we want white students as members however, we will advocate for any minorities who feel their freedom of speech has been trumped on due to having a dissenting opinion from the Black Supremacist radical groups. We will also stand up for anyone's rights to practice and display Christianity on college campuses!”
Illini WSU Facebook page
The administrator of the Illini Facebook page, who chose to remain anonymous for now for fear of risking his or her safety, told The Daily Wire that the organizers of last week’s rally, the Black Students for Revolution, are part of a radical black supremacist group and that he or she “does not agree with any type of supremacy and we just aren't comfortable with the types of major disruptions happening on campuses across the US.”
Augustus Woods, a teaching assistant at the University of Illinois and organizer of the Black Students for Revolution, responded to the Illini WSU with a press release calling for “black student organizing” against the WSU and condemning America as a "white supremacist, imperialist empire whose existence is predicated on the oppression of people of color, particularly black people."
America is a white supremacist, imperialist empire whose existence is predicated on the oppression of people of color, particularly black people. The black community in the United States is one of many colonized communities across the globe dominated by the American empire; thus, our struggle to survive as a community is tied directly to other liberation struggles across the globe. We believe revolution is the only means to end racial oppression because black people will not be free or have equal access to material needs until we are able to determine our own destiny. Revolution means to exercise self-determination, or to use collective, grassroots action to restructure an oppressive system so that all people have equal distribution, rights, and opportunities to material wealth, health, and safety at the University of Illinois and other campuses across the American empire.
“These white student unions people get some nerve referring to Black people as terrorist,” another BLM Illini student whined. “We are the oppressed and marginalized minority not you!”
Within days, students at dozens of college campuses as reported by the College Fix yesterday and now counting Yale University, Virginia State University, City College of San Francisco, and San Jose State University, followed suit.
“It was absolutely wonderful hearing Ben Shapiro talk on campus on Saturday,” the Mizzou WSU posted, promising an official campus club in the future. “We were also able to talk to quite a few students after the speech who were interested in joining the Mizzou WSU, and we hope to see many of the same faces at our next club meeting.”
Jill, a student organizer at the Mizzou WSU, told The Daily Wire that her campus club has been receiving death threats since it started.
Not all WSU students seem hopeful that their clubs will be accepted at their college campuses. The organizer of the UCLA-WSU told The Daily Wire that it he or she fears jeopardizing other students or faculty members if the group were to become official on campus.
“For a club to become official I think it requires three full-time students and sponsorship from a professor,” the student said. “I do not believe that a professor would be willing to put his career on the line for something like this and I do not wish such jeopardy upon anyone's career at UCLA.”
The student organizer of the WSU at the University of Central Florida (UCF) told The Daily Wire that it was inspired by the WSU clubs formed at the University of Illinois, as well as chapters in Berkeley and UCLA.
“Reading the wave hateful and threatening comments by opponents made us wonder if this reception would be universal,” the student said.
In fact, the WSU at UC Berkeley page which initially began by lamenting that white students are now an ethnic minority at American campuses drew so much opposition that it was forced to shut down. Cal chancellor Nicholas Dirks released a statement condemning the page, and black student organizers called for an anti-WSU demonstration on November 30.
“We don't fear pushback, we fear for our physical safety,” the UC Berkeley WSU organizer told The Daily Wire. “The kind of rhetoric our racist opponents are using on our page makes us very uncomfortable. We don't hate anyone, and we don't want any racism, discrimination, violence, or any other bad thing to happen to anyone.”
A student at the WSU at the University of British Columbia told The Daily Wire that he or she, along with 28 other former and current students involved, has been receiving threats of physical assault similar to death threats received by the WSU’s at the University of Cincinnati and other campuses.
Many reporters have tried to pressure us into giving out names and phone numbers, but people are ready to eat us alive. So we've declined. People have tried to get us to click links, so that they can record our IP addresses and dox us.
Student organizers at the UCSB-WSU and PSU-WSU asked to remain anonymous as well, due to the following threats among many others received by WSU members:
"The point is white people are getting restless and tired of becoming the minority," the Illini WSU student organizer told The Daily Wire. "We very quickly are approaching that point and we are waking up to an extremely grim future in the USA and Europe."