The student who is responsible for creating a controversial “White Student Union” at Georgia State University has accused opponents of the group of being “ignorant and closed-minded.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday reported that official at the university had started receiving complaints soon after freshman Patrick Sharp started his club, which he says is intended to celebrate European and Euro-American history.
“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?” Sharp told the paper. “Why is it when a white person says he is proud to be white he’s shunned as a racist?”
About 38 percent of Georgia State students are white, while 35 percent are black, 12 percent are Asian and 7 percent are Latino.
“I sort of took it upon myself, kind of with inspiration from Matthew Heimbach’s group in Maryland, at Towson University,” Sharp said.
But protest fliers have now started showing up on campus comparing Sharp’s group with Nazis and white supremacists.
“You know, to say this is some closeted or curtained white supremacy, it’s pretty — and I’ll go ahead and turn their words around on them — it’s pretty ignorant and closed-minded,” he explained to WXIA. “It’s a pride organization, it’s a cultural organization, what we have is not hate for any other group… Whites are becoming a minority… We have a voice, we’re unique people, and we have every right to make that voice heard.”
Vice President for Student Affairs Doug Covey acknowledged that the university had received at least six complaints so far, but he said Sharp had a right to speech even if some found it offensive.
“The campus, as a public institution, is a place where freedom of speech and association and the liberal exchange of different points of few is cherished and protected,” Covey insisted. “And any group that wishes to seek recognition must meet the standards of alignment with institutional mission and non-discrimination. And any group which wishes to exist informally, without institutional affiliation, certainly is free to do so, just as a right of their citizenship.”
Watch this video from WXIA, broadcast Aug. 1, 2013.
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"Just witnessed PPB riot police stab the wheels out of a medic van as it tried to drive away in accordance with their orders," one photographer noted on Twitter.
Video shared on social media shows riot police using tear gas to clear a street where the vehicle was parked. Before the vehicle can leave, an officer jabs a knife-like object into the tires.
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The video was posted by Instagram user Tammilaray.
"I wanted to share what happened to my son yesterday in SCV when he was with a couple of friends sitting at a bus stop headed home," the Instagram user explained. "He was attacked by a gentleman (homeless guy) who approached them and first asked them if they had any crack then tried to take their things."
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"Everybody keep their hands off their weapons!" one man can be heard shouting. "Keep punching each other in the face. Don't shoot anybody."
Ciara Wilson posted video of the confrontation on Instagram.
"I was at the Pro Police FCPD rally today," she wrote. "Counter protestors were violently beaten and had no signs of aggression or hostility. Pro Police protestors forced them to the end of the block and then savagely assaulted them. Afterwards the COUNTER PROTESTORS WERE DETAINED. The officers did not tell them why they were being detained. The pro police protestors who literally assaulted these people for no fucking reason other than being PSYCHOPATHS got away with it. I am so sick and tired of this."