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Portland State University denounces White Student Union webpage

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SCREENSHOT OF PSU WHITE STUDENT UNION FACEBOOK PAGE - A PSU White Student Union page popped up Nov. 22. The page is not affiliated with a recognized group at Portland State University. A new White Student Union Facebook page affiliating itself with Portland State University has garnered more than 140 page likes — and the denunciation of Portland State University.

The page, which appeared on Facebook Nov. 22, comes at a time when college campuses across the city and nation are facing rising racial tensions.

A black male Lewis & Clark College student reported three white males beat him up late Friday night, Nov. 20, while making racist comments. Police are also asking the public for more information on rumors of an assault to a transgender student on campus. The college's president met with dozens of protesters outside his office Tuesday demanding a more diverse faculty and improved safety.

Called “PSU White Student Union,” the new Facebook page says it is a place for like-minded students to gather.

“We have been manipulated by communist infiltration to demoralize us and make us think that we can't be proud of who we are and where we come from,” reads the About Us on the page. “Our community have decided that this ends now, that together we can save the white race from destruction. Our one and only goal is that we must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.”

Portland State University issued a statement on its own Facebook page Nov. 24 calling the site “phony.” PSU also said it sent a cease-and-desist notice to Facebook that the page's use of PSU’s name and logo was illegal. The page has since taken down the logo.

While several fake White Student Union pages for universities have popped up around the country in the past week, the page's administrator told the Portland Tribune: "I live in Portland, yes.

"As for the community, I'm not sure," the adminstrator, who did not want to be identified, wrote in a message. "With all this political correctness stuff, it can really harm a person's political career, depending on what they associate themselves with. There have been multiple people in Portland who agree with me, though, and a lot of them were just happy to know that they weren't alone."

A post on the page objects to "the overtly cultural Marxist jargon that's being fronted at the PSUSU page."

PSUSU refers to the Portland State University Student Union, a group of about 30-40 members, according to member John Monroe.

Monroe says the left-wing organization has had multiple meetings about the White Student Union page and called on PSU leadership to denounce its existence more strongly than calling it “phony.”

“A white student union is deeply rooted in racism, deeply rooted in a white supremacist line,” he says. “Regardless of who created it, it’s a threatening gesture by white supremacists.”

Monroe, who is white and not currently a student at PSU, says he doesn’t believe the PSUSU would ever support the formation of a white student union in the same vein as the campus’ Black Student Union.

“The idea of the BSU or organizations like that are to help organize and advocate for people who are not given equal opportunities in our society,” he says. “It’s not like the world is great for poor whites in particular ... but there isn’t the same level of systematic tether that is leveled against poor blacks and poor Latinos.”

John Fraire, PSU’s vice president of enrollment management and student affairs, says to become a recognized student group, at least five students have to bring forward a mission statement and constitution for approval by a PSU committee.

Friare says that student groups organized by race that are currently sanctioned by PSU are allowed "because those student organizations do not espouse racism and hatred the way this organization has expressed itself.”

Fraire says a White Student Union such as that proposed by the Facebook page will never formally exist at PSU.

“No, the tenets and philosophy expressed by such a group would never receive approval on Portland State University’s campus,” Fraire says. “We are opposed to discrimination in any form.”


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