UI denounces 'Illini White Student Union' Facebook page

UI denounces 'Illini White Student Union' Facebook page

URBANA — A Facebook page for an “Illini White Student Union” decrying “terrorism” against white students surfaced Wednesday afternoon, drawing immediate criticism from other students and university officials.

The page had been taken down by 6:45 p.m., not long after UI spokeswoman Robin Kaler said university officials were alerting “the people who put it up” that they were violating the UI’s trademark, as well as reporting the page to Facebook since its content violates the social-media giant’s own policies.

A new community page with the same title was put up about 9:30 p.m. Its “about” section reads: “White Pride and a safe place for White students.” The profile photo no longer featured a picture of Foellinger Auditorium but a group of students.

The original page was described as a “new page for white students” at the University of Illinois “to be able to form a community and discuss our own issues as well as be able to organize against the terrorism we have been facing from Black Lives Matter activists on campus.”

The page drew prompt criticism on Facebook from organizers of a Black Student Solidarity Rally on the Quad earlier in the day.

“One result of our successful Black Student Solidarity Rally. An Illini White Guilt Student Feelings Union,” wrote Sunny Ture, a UI graduate student.

Another commenter, Kiana Kimbrough, wrote: “It is so sad to see that such ignorance still exists in 2015. The creator and supporters of this page are pathetic. These people are cowards that hide behind an anonymous account. Grow up.”

A message from the page administrator, in response to a News-Gazette inquiry, said the page was created as a response to recent protests on campus.

“We feel they disrupt student daily life and activity far too much. We are in the United States and not Africa and we don’t desire to have an African flag on campus,” the message said.
The message said the university fails to protect the rights and free speech of white students and “marginalizes them.”

The administrator would not comment further or provide a name. It’s unclear whether he or she is a UI student.

One post solicited pictures of black protesters on the Quad “so we know who antiwhites are.” Others linked to controversial organizations “devoted to fighting antiwhite racism” and provocative takes on the recent protests by black students at the University of Missouri.

“Nothing on this page is hateful. Everything posted on here will be factually well-researched and truthful. We are committed to the fair and equal treatment of all, and yes that mean whites too,” a post said.

Before the page was removed, Rene Romano, the UI’s vice chancellor for student affairs, issued a statement calling the posts “offensive to our university community.”

“Posts and pages such as these stand in complete opposition to the values of mutual respect and community that define the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While they may be protected exercises of free speech, they are offensive, divisive and stunningly narrow-minded expressions,” Romano said. “Just because someone has the power to make a statement does not mean that we should give those words weight or value.”

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K. Mitchell wrote on November 18, 2015 at 10:11 pm

I like the concept behind the "white student union" but they executed it poorly. Liberal fascism is undoubtedly sweeping across US campuses, with the goals of deleting history, censoring free speech, protecting feelings, and creating safe spaces for students to practice their budding totalitarianism. While these groups claim to be oppressed, they are actually the oppressors. They're free to provide their real names, show their faces, and make absurd statements without repercussion. Meanwhile, those in opposition face harassment, calls to their employers, and virtual lynching on social media. They claim to want "discussion" but seek to eliminate all dissenting voices. There is not "systemic racism" on campus, or "institutional racism" unless you include diversity hires and affirmative action. They are certainly not "marginalized", and do not experience every day racism. Their demands to hire more black faculty are racist, and this focus on "white privilege" to the exclusion of black privilege, female privilege...etc is also unfair. Phew, that feels better!

sdmerriman wrote on November 22, 2015 at 2:11 pm

K -Mitchell.  You got to express your point of view and nothing happened to you.  You're just blaming everyone for your problems.  You don't seem to undertand that there is a difference between expressing your point of view and being racist.  When you make deragatory remarks against other races people are going to call you out. 

Cassie wrote on November 19, 2015 at 3:11 am

If Illinois ever has a water shortage, they can check back here for all the excess white male tears. Good grief, I have never heard such WHINING. "Boo-hoo, white people only make up 80% of the university's staff instead of 95% like in the good 'ol days." Conteracting our culture's intentional and unintentional preference for white people is not oppression. Maybe if you guys can figure out how to stop reveling in your victimhood you can take responsibility for your own lives. Stop blaming black people for your own failures. 

K. Mitchell wrote on November 19, 2015 at 11:11 am

Please tell me you're joking. It's the black students who act as the perpetual victims of some imaginary oppression and constantly whine about it. It's their failures that they need to take responsibility for. No one talks about white failures. Black students can better their lives by improving their culture and working hard, but instead they prefer to blame others for their mistakes, which ends up huring them as a whole. 

sdmerriman wrote on November 22, 2015 at 3:11 pm


K-Mitchell-If you mean imagery oppresson such as by fighing for our rights for equal pay for equal work and fair treatment on the job then you are right. Also you have proof of this"imagery oppression" or are you acting the fool as usual.  Because Congress and the Supreme Court does not agree with you.

headshaking wrote on November 19, 2015 at 4:11 pm

Seriously?  "Stop blaming black people for your own failures"???  How about black people stop blaming everyone else for their own failures? 

The gun violence in Champaign - all whitey's fault?

The guy who just got convicted of attempted murder for stabbing his ex girlfriend in the chest - all whiteys fault?

A culture that places no value on life.  A culture where father's do not raise their children.  A culture where even mother's don't raise their children. A culture of entitlement and blaming others for their own failures.

sdmerriman wrote on November 24, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Headshaking-How dare you come out and point a finger at Black people???!!!  Let me go ahead and educate you on the facts and dismiss you as a fool.  First of all, who is repsonsible for killing 26 teacher and teachers in Connecticut?  Who is responsible for the Boston Marathon?  Who is responsible for the massacre up in Colorado.  There has been over 110 mass murders committed in the US over the past ten years; all of them committed by White males.  You want to talk about Black culture; its not like some Black kid went onto a university and killed some kids.  Wait a minute, that was a White kid from a two parent family who killed some kids at Northern Illinois University.  White people are no different than Black people;only in your mind  That's why you call yourself Headshaking; because you are trying to get rid of that stupidity inside of you.  And by the way, as of this year, single parent household outnumber Blacks percentage wise. Try educating yourself on the facts before talking about things you obviously know nothing about.  Also, try takng care of your own little mass murders and serial killers before jumping in our backyard.  Aynything else you want to say, Fool.

Marty wrote on November 25, 2015 at 4:11 pm

According to the FBI murders committed by whites and blacks is pretty close.

2012
murders by whites 2755
murders by blacks 2698

2013
murders by whites 2875
murders by blacks 2896

Nice Davis wrote on November 19, 2015 at 7:11 am

I don't understand why so many white people are so insecure

cjwinla wrote on November 19, 2015 at 8:11 am

J. Crispen... White Entertainment Television is alive and well and doesn't need any title.... The good ole boy network is a fact and reality even if it doesn't benefit you.... FOX news does have black folk on it... Those who agree with their point of view ... Television, movies, and news is almost all from a white point of view. You can't see it because it's part of your everyday life. White is not a bad thing but when you try to attack the little pieces of black culture on TV and media it seems to be an attempt to make everything from the white point of view. Black colleges ? White people can apply and attend and many do. But just like you, most white people would not attend a school where they are the minority. Google the whitest colleges in the U.S. And they are in MO, WI, IN. Their are many 90% white universities in Illinois. Plenty of places for you to go where your cultural point of view is dominant. However, the demographic numbers are changing and so the voice of black students and their insistence on zero tolerance of racist micro aggressions against people of color, is rising all across campuses across the nation. All of this will be part of the natural progression as the USA moves to a majority minority in the next 35 years.... And those like yourself who is accustomed to a white dominant culture will become even more inflammatory and dangerous in your rhetoric and actions.

 

wayward wrote on November 19, 2015 at 9:11 am

Here we go ... a website dedicated to stuff white people like:

http://stuffwhitepeoplelike.com/

Dragonseed wrote on November 22, 2015 at 3:11 am

Was that supposed to be amusing? What a bunch of ****. They can't even build a decent website, let alone have any entertaining or informative content. -- L A M E.

ohnoes wrote on November 19, 2015 at 9:11 am

@cjwinla  Well this is getting interesting...so for a black person to be legitimately black, they have to have "black views"?  I'm starting to see how this works, well out in the open anyway.  Thanks for taking the veil off.  There is more to it than the color of skin.

cjwinla wrote on November 19, 2015 at 12:11 pm

@ohnoes... That's not what I said... Within the Black community there are core issues where 85%-95% of black people agree ... Healthcare for all, Disparity of Justice in the drug war, diversity and inclusion as a key element of Public Policy.... Fox News always seems to find that black person out of step with large majority of black views that for the most part are opposite of Fox News viewpoint... That doesn't make them not black just black folk who are on the outer edge of the Bell Curve where the right wingers dwell... And you are absolutely correct this is more than about skin color which is why you see many white folk aligned and joining the cause for which we fight.

cjwinla wrote on November 19, 2015 at 12:11 pm

@ohnoes... That's not what I said... Within the Black community there are core issues where 85%-95% of black people agree ... Healthcare for all, Disparity of Justice in the drug war, diversity and inclusion as a key element of Public Policy.... Fox News always seems to find that black person out of step with large majority of black views that for the most part are opposite of Fox News viewpoint... That doesn't make them not black just black folk who are on the outer edge of the Bell Curve where the right wingers dwell... And you are absolutely correct this is more than about skin color which is why you see many white folk aligned and joining the cause for which we fight.

InTheMorningCU wrote on November 19, 2015 at 12:11 pm

The Central Black Student Union's page background doesn't even include a black person!

https://illinois.collegiatelink.net/organization/centralblackstudentunion

When will these microaggressions stop?!? I feel so traumatized, I am going to hold a candelight vigil for myself

Dragonseed wrote on November 22, 2015 at 2:11 am

LOL.

Bulldogmojo wrote on November 19, 2015 at 1:11 pm

 

George Carlin 'Pride' (NSFW) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OnWnwwxNPA

headshaking wrote on November 19, 2015 at 4:11 pm

This is a perfect example of reverse racism/discrimination.  Every single group out there can have their own "group", "name", "cause", or "purpose", except white people?  How does that make sense?  It's freedom of speech when any other group of people forms some type of coaltion.  But if anyone calls something "white" anything..............watch everyone freak out.

My head is shaking with confusion.

Phil S wrote on November 19, 2015 at 6:11 pm

It's hilarious watching all the insecure white folk's heads explode over this issue.  Relax, the webpage is still up.  It has 7 whole "likes," and is being defended by anonymous Facebook users who have no friends or identifying information.  The U of Illinois has already stated that the page owners have the right to free speech--just not to use University trademarks.

As for your "head shaking with confusion," I think they have pills for that.

wayward wrote on November 19, 2015 at 4:11 pm
Phil S wrote on November 19, 2015 at 6:11 pm

A brilliant bit of satire.  I'm a boxers man all the way, and I'm still not offended, LOL!

wayward wrote on November 20, 2015 at 10:11 am

Thanks.  Given that the idiots behind the "White Student Union" page apparently aren't going to stop, might as well make fun of them.

iltyler25 wrote on November 20, 2015 at 7:11 am

Black "terror"?  What a joke, the only black terror is the fear many students fear walking on the streets day or night when they are attacked or robbed for no reason. The first thing people need to do if we all want to be one is drop the term African-American, we are all Americans period. If you dont like it here, move to another country that you feel more comfortable. 

lwilliams wrote on November 20, 2015 at 11:11 am

Wow "headshaking." You took a comment made by one individual and insulted a whole culture of people. How is that? Because you know the black culture so well? As it happens, I was raised by my mother and father. It is just as common for there to be absentee parents in a white household as there are in a black household. It's funny that when you look at the black race, you seem to only see the negative..but you are unable to see that same negativity within your own race.

Phil S wrote on November 20, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Well, it didn't take long for the "Illini White Student Union" Facebook page to become a national magnet for white supremacist KKK types who have nothing to do with the University of Illinois or students at all.  Since this news story has gone national, it will be hard to undo the damage to the University of Illinois' reputation.  Meanwhile, the U of I is trying to get Facebook to remove the page, evidently to no avail.  Congratulations white racists.  After you've destroyed this University's reputation, maybe you can move on to other universities and do the same.

bettercallsaul1967 wrote on November 21, 2015 at 10:11 am

@phil

 

that sounds dramatic. most people in america couldn't care less about the U of I. it is also very likely this page was created by BLM cronies and sympathizers just to stir the pot and get attention.

Phil S wrote on November 23, 2015 at 10:11 am

I doubt that very much.  Check out this article and follow the links.

https://medium.com/@b4e2015/racists-probably-started-a-white-student-uni...

leftylib wrote on November 21, 2015 at 10:11 am

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Dragonseed wrote on November 22, 2015 at 2:11 am

Well, this is disappointing, to see the nonsense spewed by U. of I. spokespeople, in an effort to deny WHITE STUDENTS the right to create their own Student Union, just as any other ethnic group is allowed to do. White people have rights, too! It is high time that the efforts of White people be respected, just as any other racial or ethnic group is respected.

These students are not trying to cause trouble for anybody; they only want to be able to do what every other ethnic/racial group is allowed to do on the U. of I. campus.

Prediction: There will be a severe backlash against the U. of I. for their repressive tactics in persuading Zuckerberg to shut down the Facebook accounts of students who wish to have their own White Students projects. Hope that these students will find other venues for their efforts and that they will succeed in coalescing a healthy membership that is free to explore their ethnic heritage and express it.

This is still AMERICA and we still have FREEDOM OF SPEECH and EXPRESSION.

sdmerriman wrote on November 22, 2015 at 4:11 pm

"They are not trying to hurt anyone???!!!!!!  They are targeting members of groups that they do not like and posting them on the internet as racist.  Did you not read the article?  I have no problems with White people having groups.  You act as though White groups are not allowed the freedom of speech.  There has been many White groups advocating their rights (Do you remember the "Bake Sale" many years ago that targeted the Black community) on the U of I campus over the years. You got to protest against Native American students concerning "Chief Illiniwek."   The U of I staff stood behind you.  The Black community and the other minority groups did not do anything except let it pass.  But enough is enough. We shouldn't have to be subjected to your ethnocentric point of views.  I don't mind you expressing your views but if all you have to do is downgrade other races than yes we are going to respond. I pay money to go to this university just like you and should not be subjected to your abuse.

Phil S wrote on November 23, 2015 at 10:11 am

Just in case anyone is still reading these comments, the Illini White Student Union is probably a fake troll site set up by white supremacists.

https://medium.com/@b4e2015/racists-probably-started-a-white-student-uni...

Phil S wrote on November 23, 2015 at 10:11 am

Not that anyone cares, but the "Illini White Student Union" Facebook is probably a fake troll site:

https://medium.com/@b4e2015/racists-probably-started-a-white-student-uni...

sdmerriman wrote on November 24, 2015 at 11:11 am

Have a nice day.