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Unofficial White Student Union Launched at Georgia State University

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ATLANTA – Fall semester won’t start for several weeks, but Georgia State University has already received a handful of complaints about a new student club — the White Student Union.

Freshman Patrick Sharp said he started the club so that students of European and European-American descent can celebrate their shared history and culture and discuss issues that affect white people, such as immigration and affirmative action.

The club is not an official student group recognized by the university. Sharp said any student can join and that he would work with other clubs, such as the Black Student Alliance, on common issues.

Georgia State is highly diverse, with whites comprising 38 percent of the student body, followed by blacks at 35 percent, Asians at 12 percent and Latinos at 7 percent.

“If we are already minorities on campus and are soon to be minorities in this country why wouldn’t we have the right to advocate for ourselves and have a club just like every other minority?” said Sharp, 18. “Why is it when a white person says he is proud to be white he’s shunned as a racist?”

Sharp, who is from Birmingham, Ala., enrolled this summer. Six students complained to the university after seeing his fliers around campus, said Doug Covey, vice president for student affairs. Covey said he responded to each by explaining the group is within its right to exist and that speech is protected even if offensive to someone.

Covey said Georgia State prides itself on diversity. “Many students choose to come to Georgia State over other colleges because of our diversity. We are proud to have a richly diverse environment that looks like the world in which our students will live and work and lead.”

Georgia State has more than 300 university-recognized student clubs. These groups can reserve meeting space on campus and are eligible for financial support from activities fees.

Even without official status, the White Student Union can meet in common areas on the downtown Atlanta campus, Covey said.

Sharp said he doubts he will seek official status. The group would need a faculty or staff advisor and Sharp doubts he’d find one. He said a handful of students have joined so far…

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3 thoughts on “Unofficial White Student Union Launched at Georgia State University

  1. Good for this student. It has never made sense that there are unions for every other race and now this club can probably never be official. There is BET television, Latino TV, and LOTS of race organizations within our political system. None of them are ever condemned for being racist so hopefully the same respect will be given to these groups. Many minority groups preach hate against whites so lets learn a lesson and be tolerant of this group as they should have the same rights as other race groups that are formed. I am sure the ACLU will be right by the side of this student & this organization as they launch…yeah, right!

  2. Jean Stock says:

    I think its about time!!!!!!!!!!!! Why not? Whites should have the same rights a d privileges as other race's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Joe Schmoe says:

    If I knew how to get in touch with them I’d send a donation to help ’em get started!!!

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