The White Group on a White Campus


Some students and employees at West Chester University were very concerned when they began seeing posters on campus calling for a whites-only student union group. According to an article by Kathy Boccella in the Philadelphia Inquirer:

The poster, which was hung on bulletin boards in several campus buildings Tuesday, called on those who “feel underrepresented on campus” or are “uncomfortable in other ‘special interest groups’ ” to go to a meeting Thursday night in Lawrence Hall.

In a campuswide e-mail Wednesday, the school said the flier had “caused a great deal of upset and concern on campus. In investigating the situation, we have learned that the meeting was, in fact, designed to draw antiracist allies together. There is no White Student Union at West Chester University, and there is no meeting.”

Because there’s no way to bring anti-racists together like throwing around a bunch of racism.

Some students, however, seemed not to get the point. According to West Chester junior Adam Rizzo:

Here at West Chester University we have multiple groups that exemplify reverse racism such as Black Student Union, Black Men United, National Association of Black Accountants, just to name a few. It is terrible that the formation of a group whose sole purpose was to have equal representation on campus was so rudely scolded and shut down.

Equal representation is an interesting way to put it. In fact, the school itself is mostly white. Only 15 percent of West Chester students identify as ethnic minorities. [Image via]

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer