When I Say White, You Say Supremacy: Hate Groups Come To Rutgers

When I Say White, You Say Supremacy: Hate Groups Come To Rutgers

"Identity Evropa" is a new white supremacist organization gaining traction on the Rutgers - New Brunswick campuses.
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There seems to be a common misconception that diversity leads to inclusion. More representation of and exposure to others of different races and cultures does not mean that people will be tolerant of such differences; if they were, there wouldn’t be a white supremacy group forming on my college campus.

“Identity Evropa” is a hate group (they refer to themselves as a fraternity) that intends to celebrate and assert European culture… through violence and racist rhetoric, that is.

The founder of the group, Nathan Damigo, is a white supremacist best known for his criminal activity (he robbed a cabman at gunpoint and spent 4 years in prison) and violent behavior. At the ‘free-speech demonstration’ in Berkeley, California, Damigo punched a female protester in the face.

He and his gang were also present at the infamous “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville. “Identity Evropa” may market itself as a sophisticated and progressive organization dedicated to uplifting those of European descent, but underneath its cookie-cutter exterior, anyone with eyes can see that the organization is rooted in racism and white supremacy (especially since Damigo bases many of the principles the group is founded on around the teachings of KKK grand wizard, David Duke). One of their focuses is on “[taking their] country back”... But from whom? And what makes them believe that “their” country is being annexed in the first place? The answers to both questions:

  1. Minorities, especially Mexican immigrants.
  2. Their white privilege and grandiose sense of entitlement make them believe that economic and social equality for minorities is a threat to the comfort and security of whites.

I have always been aware that people who hold these thoughts and beliefs exist in society, but I didn’t realize that they lived and breathed alongside me, in an area where I was supposed to be ‘safe’ and ‘appreciated’. Flyers supporting “Identity Evropa” have begun to appear on the Rutgers-New Brunswick campuses (so far, they have been spotted on the Livingston, College Avenue, and Douglass campuses, according to The Daily Targum). Phrases such as “Our Generation, Our Future, Our Last Chance” have appeared on the flyers. In addition to the flyer postings, an EE bus has been vandalized with racist and hateful rhetoric. Phrases such as "Black Lives Don't Matter" and "Black Lives Matter Only to Blood and Crip Thugs" have been sprawled onto the bus.

Out of all the places in the world, I didn't expect for such overt discrimination to be present at Rutgers. When I first saw the article in The Daily Targum about the flyer postings and bus vandalization, I remember thinking to myself, "how could hateful people like this go to Rutgers? We're the most diverse school."

But diverse doesn't mean accepting. Diverse doesn't mean safe. And diverse doesn't mean equal.

My problem with alt-right and white supremacist groups such as "Identity Evropa" is that their fears, concerns, triggers — whatever you want to call them — are based in delusion, irrationality, hypocrisy and sheer ignorance. These groups form because they feel the white race is being threatened, that their liberties are being encroached on, or that they, themselves, are being discriminated against.

Riiiiiiight.

My problem with alt-right and white supremacist groups is that their issues aren't even real issues. They are nonsensical claims formed from desperation and anxiety due to their system of oppression and dominance being challenged.

Let's break it down one-by-one:

1. Their biggest fear is being replaced.

They see an influx of immigrants, blending of cultures, and more freedom and equality for all people... and equate that to anti-whiteness. *Sigh* In their bubble of privilege, monopoly, and entitlement, they cannot fathom any other group of people being on the same level as them. Appreciation of other cultures is seen as a degradation of European culture. Diversity and inclusion are seen as 'hand-outs,' or a ploy to remove whites from the workforce and other spaces (you won't believe how many times I've had the affirmative action line thrown at me). Organizations or causes to promote equality for minorities are equated to terrorist groups. The FBI just recognized a new terrorist organization called "Black Identity Extremists" — aka BLM members — but white supremacists still aren't recognized as a threat, despite all of the violence.

Herein lie the delusion and irrationality: Not everything has to be about white people. The fact that they are so afraid of not being the most represented and most powerful in society (although they still have mass influence over the political and business worlds 80% of the members of Congress are white males, while there are only 5 Black CEOs at the 500 largest companies in America. What more do they want?) just highlights their tendency to distort the meaning and overestimate the influence of any program or movement dedicated to helping minorities.

At Rutgers specifically, we attend a session about microagressions at New Student Orientation, titled "Language Matters." The session is meant to teach us that certain common phrases are offensive to minorities (not just race-wise either — the session included those affecting women and the disabled), but one white student believed the session to be anti-white and an excuse to degrade white people. Much like the female student at NSO, white supremacists lack the skill of discernment, and instead result to self-absorption, automatically demonizing anything meant to promote the wellness of non-whites.

2. Groups like "Identity Evropa" pride themselves on their history, but how quickly they are to forget it.

Everyone in the world knows who the original people of America are. Everyone knows whose land this actually is. White supremacists feel intensely possessive over their "land", but fail to remember that European explorers pushed their way into America, tortured, beat, and enslaved people. They tossed them from their homes and forced them to relocate, destroyed and replaced the culture of Indigenous and African people, and exploited non-whites while they got to reap the benefits. That is the definition of taking someone's land. That is the definition of replacing people.

They chant "blood and soil," but the main blood spilled on American soil came from those who had no rights or opportunities to protect themselves from abuse and demoralization. European explorers and settlers spilled blood to instill a system of racism, oppression, and violence. I don't believe that's anything to be proud of. White supremacists fear the same thing being done to them, although there is no basis that the two situations are even remotely similar. Their irrational fear is a reflection of the system we live in: they see how terrible minorities are treated and they fear that with the influx of ethnic people and cultures, they will become the new minority. They fear they will be targeted due to their skin color, their heritage, and their background. They fear that the system will no longer benefit them. And if that's not even more of a reason to fight for equality, then I don't know what is.

Immigrants come to America for better economic and social opportunities, not to dominate others. Immigrants come to America to escape persecution and civil tension, not to wreak havoc on groups of people. Alt-rights and white supremacists highlight their right to freedom and opportunity, but do not extend their ideologies to others not descended from Europe. Now, what do we call that? Racism.

3. Lastly, they're extremely hypocritical.

They spew so much rhetoric about how minorities are inferior, more violent, and a hazard to 'American civility', but ignore and justify their savage behavior. A KKK leader threatened to "burn" an Afro-Latina journalist, while white supremacists beat people with poles and run them over with cars at their rallies.

How can they be so up-in-arms about their rights when they try to take rights away from others? How can they see people who are darker than them as savages, but not feel any disgust from their own behavior? How can a group of people be so deluded and hateful?


It doesn't make sense, but their beliefs aren't rooted in logic. They're rooted in bigotry and hostility. Although I am concerned for my safety on the Rutgers-New Brunswick campuses, I have not lost hope. I believe in my peers and from personal experience, I know that there are way more of us that love and accept one another. We are stronger and more powerful than hate and we will not go backwards. And we will not be replaced.

Cover Image Credit: Jessica Dufort

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I'm An 18-Year-Old Female And I Will Never Be A Feminist

Honestly, I'd rather be caught dead than caught calling myself a modern-day feminist.
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"A man told me to have a good day... I'm triggered." How ludicrous does that sound? Tune in because that is the extent of modern day feminism.

Sure, I think boys are stupid and that I'm probably better than 90% of the male population, but that doesn't make me a modern-day feminist. Now I believe that woman should stand up for themselves, and Golding's quote: "I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men, they are far superior and always have been," is by far one of my favorite quotes... but modern day feminism is not something I want to be associated with.

I'm all for "anything you can do I can do better," and "We can do it!" but realistically speaking in some situations, that isn't feasible. As an 18-year-old woman who works out regularly, and is stronger than the average female, I couldn't carry a 190-pound man back to a safe zone after he was shot on the front line of a war even if I tried. It is not anatomically possible for a grown woman to be as strong as a fully developed male.

Reality check: Men and women are not equal.

They are not physically equal, they are not mentally equal. Modern-day feminism is equality between the two genders, but corrupt and on steroids. I support what feminism used to be. I support women who work hard and have goals and ambition... not girls who hate men and stomp around with no shirts on to piss off the public. Feminism has developed into a polluted teaching that young men and women are plunging into.

We are built dissimilarly.

The human brain is literally an organ that is sex oriented. There is a cognitive difference, that singlehandedly destroys gender equality.

I will not spend my time running a revolution against anyone who likes Donald Trump. I am not going to binge watch Trump's twitter in an effort to start some leftist gob of drama. I refuse to be part of this head hunt to attack all Republicans on the newest Instagram post made about how feminism is stupid. I do not hate men, and society would crash and burn without the successful men and women who work together to create what we call the United States of America.

Why, you ask? Why are the 15-25 year olds of our society clinging to feminism? They are hopping on the rapidly growing bandwagon where all the hipsters, feminists and Trump haters reside. It's "cool" to hate Donald Trump. Twitter is a world of liberalism, hatred and fake love towards all. Social media is where this generation is living — and modern-day feminism brews there.

We need to keep separation in the household within roles.

We must raise our children to do what they are best at rather than trying to do something they are incapable of just to prove an irrelevant point.

Women must stand up for what they believe in and be strong in their shoes, while not getting so caught up in what your modern day feminist says she thinks is right.

We cannot let this briskly changing society sway us away from what is going to keep the world working precisely.

Cover Image Credit: Macey Joe Mullins

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President Trump's Government Shutdown Is A Threat To National Security

National parks are unstaffed, but not closed. Americans can visit them without paying an entrance fee, but it is "go at your own risk."

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Just as Americans were settling in for the holiday season, President Trump intiated a shutdown of the federal government by rejecting any budget that did not include funding for a massive wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. There is a four-way wrangle between, Mr. Trump, senators who are for the wall, senators who detest the wall, and senators who are clueless about what to do next. About 380,000 of federal government employees(civil servants and government contractors) are on unpaid leave while another 420,000 essential security personnel (FBI agents, Border Patrol, Secret Service agents, airport security agents, etc.) are working without pay. The shutdown began on December 22, 2018, and is still continuing in mid-January, 2019.

Mr. Trump's is asking for over $5.6 billion of homegrown American taxpayer dollars to complete the wall. Neither Mexico nor Central America countries have indicated any desire to pay for it, another promise Trump campaign on. Mr. Trump states that "Drugs, terrorists, violent criminals, and child traffickers are entering our country" with consequences of "drug debts, violent murder, gang violence." Of course, we cannot allow that to happen. From his "state of emergency" and "TEXT BORDER" advertisement, it looks like America is in a war zone.

But are we?

A concrete or steel wall might be practical if there were a stamped of drug dealers, gangs, and violent criminals charging toward the U.S.-Mexico border. The only war zone there is on the U.S. Senate floor, where neither party nor the president can come to a conclusion about border funding. President Trump is also pushing for the establishment of the United States Space Force to keep our country safe. The issue is that if the country can't even maintain a ground force at the southern border, how can there be a Space Force?

On a more serious note, hundreds of thousands of federal employees will be missing their first paycheck. While raising the minimum wage is debatable, receiving no pay is not. This past Christmas, many federal employees, and their families had to cut back on Christmas gifts and spending in general as they face financial hardship. That's not even the worst part. The 420,000 essential security personnel are forced to work for no pay because America cannot be kept safe without them. Recently, close to 21% of TSA employees, who work in airport security, have called in sick. The men and women who work in airport security usually earn an average starting salary of $15.50 an hour. Airports now have fewer screeners and security agents, which entails shutting down security lines or conduct more brief security checks. Longer lines will lead to more frustrated passengers and lateness for those traveling for business purposes. It is very likely that airports will move towards looser security check since impatient crowds of people aren't going to sit still. It is also possible that more people will avoid flying and drive instead-if the route is driveable.

National parks are unstaffed, but not closed. Americans can visit them without paying an entrance fee, but it is "go at your own risk." Bathrooms are unmaintained or closed, there are no rangers to ask for guidance or help, and few if no one to call in an emergency.

The FDA is affected by the shutdown, meaning food safety inspections will be conducted even less frequently, which will increase one's risk of foodborne illness, especially the elderly, those with weak immune systems and younger children.

While the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is still in operation, but the staffing is down to 45 percent, which will reduce their capability to detect and prevent cyber security threats. These individuals already overworked, and not paying them would only decrease their morale, further lowering productivity. DHS was also received one of the lowest ranks in the best places to work in the government, which can lower prospects for seeking new employees to fill vital roles in government cybersecurity.

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