Racist Trolls Set Up “White Student Unions” For Colleges Across Facebook

Over the past week, more than 30 Facebook pages claiming to represent “White Student Unions” at colleges across the country have suddenly appeared, offering a “safe space” for white students to talk about how tough it is being white.

The “about” section of the page supposedly belonging to NYU’s White Student Union states:

European-American students on college campuses face unique and immediate challenges that are ignored or even actively denied in today’s cultural climate.

We unapologetically provide a safe space for white students to air their true feelings about the future of our nation, discuss and reflect on the lessons laid down for us by our great European writers, philosophers, and artists, and develop a positive program to restore the pioneering will and greatness of our unique and virtuous people.

We affirm the dignity and ancestry of our proud people who have gifted the world with countless works of beauty, science, and wisdom, and are committed to promoting a dialogue and political resistance that will secure a future for our posterity and spirit.

HARD EYEROLL.

As you might have guessed, these pages were not set up not by students themselves, but by trolls from 4chan, 8chan and the neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer, who have been planning this action for awhile now. The hope, apparently, is to appeal to white students who feel as though they are somehow oppressed by Black Lives Matter and other activist groups.

Most of these trolls subscribe to a set of beliefs known as the Neo-Reactionary Movement or the “Dark Enlightenment.” Feel free to go read up on it, but it’s essentially an amalgamation of every terrible political belief rolled into one. They’re essentially White Nationalists, who are also “traditionalists,” Men’s Rights Activists, and anarcho-capitalists, some of whom think feudalism was the way to go. Naturally, they are very upset about what they perceive as “political correctness.”

Several of these groups have been shut down, but most remain. The NYU “White Student Union” was told that they can’t say they are actually affiliated with the school and was required to remove the school logo from their main image.

The goal with these actions, essentially, was to appropriate the kind of activism done by social justice organizations on campus and to “highlight” what they see as the “hypocrisy” of them all. It’s essentially the same exhausting and tired-ass argument used by people who are mad there is no “White History Month.”

Unsurprisingly, the concept of “White Student Unions”–though fake–found a lot of support in the comments section of Glenn Beck’s site The Blaze. Per essemple:

It doesn’t endorse making “light of the efforts of activists locally and nationally.”
In reality, they are NOT making light. It IS VERY SERIOUS how whites are extremely discriminated against and are targeted by democrat minorities.(Christian minorities are loving and good, but not libs)
It’s really bad and needs to stop. Get rid of laws that give special rights to minorities to lord over whites. It is anti-American.
The only reason the account is fake is that if they give their true name, the liberal blacks might kill them, they won’t be allowed to graduate, or they may be prevented from securing a job. It is very serious.

SO SERIOUS.

[The Daily Beast]

[Washington Post]