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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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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American Or Christian?

Can you really be both?

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This is a thought that has lingered in my mind for a very long time.

Personally, I hate news and politics. It's depressing and it seems like both parties (and people in general) just don't get it. Political conversation gets on my ever-loving nerves and literally gets me down in the dumps for the day.

I just simply don't watch it anymore. There is too much negativity.

That doesn't mean that I am uniformed. I am not advocating for ignorance or anything like that. I prefer to read and figure out my information from sites "in the middle."

As I was eating dinner with my wife the other day we started talking about the new Abortion laws in Alabama and Georgia. As a Christ-follower and a staunch defender of Biblical inerrant, I detest abortion.

Before you read any farther, you must understand something: This article is not about my defense of my beliefs regarding hot topics like abortion or homosexuality. I do not have the time to write about said topics now. I am just asking you to accept what I believe for the sake of the article.

But, anyway, these abortion bills. I can make a pretty good case that they are Constitutional because they are protecting the Life (one of the Rights given to American Citizens) from others. Yes, I know the arguments against said point but continue with me please.

This led our conversation to talk about Homosexual marriage, something that I am against as well. And not just because of Leviticus but because of the New Testament as well.

But, shaking my head, I said something that my wife seemed to agree with:

"As a Christian, I know it's wrong and I cannot agree with it. As an American, I see no reason why it should be illegal. Unless your choices infringe someone's Rights, you should be free to do what you wish (technically speaking)."

This is my dilemma. Well, actually it's not a dilemma. I know that I am a Christian before I am an American. I love this country greatly, and I know how blessed I am to be born here. For all the hate this country gets (and some of it is deserved) and all the problems we have (and we have a lot), we are shoulders above other countries in many ways. I am so thankful for all the men and women who have served to protect me and keep me safe. I'm thankful for a lot of things. And I am proud to be an American.

But my identity in Christ comes first. This is why I do not get into politics much. I don't really care at the end of the day. Because while America has been blessed, we still have work to do here. And this is not my forever home. This is not where I will spend eternity.

I try and respect everyone's opinions, and I earnestly try to love everyone, even when they trash and disrespect my beliefs and convictions. But I must put my call to Christ about anything that has to do with this nation. I will pray for ALL our leaders because I was told to do so (I prayed for President Obama when he was in office). And I will be here to support this nation. But I cannot put it above Christ's commands.

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