Over 30 White Student Union Pages Associated With Universities Created on Facebook Last Week
At this time, no one knows who’s creating these pages. They could be a deliberate attempt to inflame an already tense situation on many college campuses, they could be a prank, or they could be created by racial protesters to fan the flames of their cause.
The College Fix reports:
More than 30 ‘White Student Union’ pages created on Facebook in last week
More than 30 “White Student Union” pages have recently sprung up over the last several days on Facebook, pages that affiliate themselves with various universities around the nation.
The creation of an “Illini White Student Union” Facebook page that surfaced Nov. 18 in response to a “Black Student Solidarity Rally” at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign gained national attention, but apparently it’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Over the last week, at least 33 other “White Student Union” pages have appeared on Facebook, according to research conducted Sunday by The College Fix.
Notably, “White Student Union” Facebook pages have been created for Stanford, Penn State, UCLA, UC Berkeley, the University of Missouri, and NYU, along with many others.
These “White Student Union” pages currently exist only as social media creations, and it is not clear whether they are created by students at their respective universities. It is also unclear if these groups plan to become actual student organizations on campus, although a North Carolina university page states they plan on holding “group meetings, info sessions, rallies, and protests on the UNC campus.”
Commonalities between the pages exist. Many share a copy-and-paste like description in the “about” section. Word choices in these descriptions are largely identical across certain pages with the exception of the differing university names substituted in.
One common description states: “A safe space to support and promote the interests of students of European descent at [relevant university name]!”
The situation on college campuses is probably going to get worse before it gets better.