UPDATE: We found Patrick Sharp. He appears to be transparently an advocate of White Supremacy. He and the GSU White Student Union are associated with the “Traditionalist Youth Network,” an organization that openly espouses racial supremacy and Neo-Naziism. Maybe he’s not so harmless after all. Read about it here.
It is well known that the college freshman is among the most pitiable and revolting species of the animal kingdom. Much like the Click Beetle, these poor young souls spend much of their day clumsily falling upon their backs, then sadly wriggling around, unable to get themselves out of their own mess, until some reasonable adult comes along to turn them back onto their legs. Confused and desperate for attention, these poor children sidle themselves with massive amounts of credit card debt, get roped into porn, and annoy everyone around them with their own tragic psuedo-intellect. Those lucky enough not to embarrass themselves into a hermetic existence often go on to turn into productive members of society.
This bring us to the tale of one “Patrick Sharp,” who is apparently going around the campus of GSU handing out some dumb leaflets he made on his dorm-room HP laser jet (thanks mom and dad!), advertising a “White Student Union” (membership: 1 [Patrick Sharp]). Somehow, his dumb little fliers made it to the Atlanta Journal Constitution which, let’s face it, will publish just about anything. Alt-weekly Creative Loafing launched its own piece, misleadingly titled “White Student Union coming to Georgia State University.” Again, people, as far as we know, this is just one dude handing out some leaflets to get attention! Why are our primary media outlets heaping so much legitimacy and weight upon this kid? Surely, the page-views you garner through over-hyping some weird kid’s attention-quest is outweighed by the damage done by validating this dude’s meaningless enterprise?
Sharp’s rationale is total “freshman philosophy major” stuff. He basically regurgitates the standard BS that I, and my fellow white people, often hear when forced to visit cranky old relatives over the holidays. (“If blacks can say nigger, why can’t I?” “Black History Month? There ought to be a White History Month!” etc.) Says Sharp,
“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?” said Sharp, 18, who is from Birmingham, Ala. “Why is it when a white person say he is proud to be white he’s shunned as a racist?”
Yawn. Whatever, bro. We’ve heard it all before. We get your psuedo-philosophical argument. Sure, in a vacuum, if there is a “Black Student Union,” why can’t there by a “White” one, right? The reason is that most of these Black organizations were founded during a time when black folks were legally excluded from white society, and had to form these sorts of organizations in order to survive. When you go around saying you’re going to create, essentially, a “white’s club,” the image that will immediate come into your classmates’ eyes (both white and black) is one of the KKK and other, historically real clubs that were designed to “celebrate white culture,” as you purport to want to do. You’re offending people and making yourself look like a real asshole, and for no gain to yourself. Might as well take out a big ‘ol hand-cannon and shoot yourself squarely in the foot.
Patrick, my friend, hear me out: I understand your thinking, and will give you the benefit of the doubt that you’re not trying to be hateful. You’re trying to do something clever and make some kind of philosophical point. But you’re making yourself look like an idiot, and are isolating yourself from the classmates who might be your best friends for life if you give yourself a chance. You’re also creating a Google-trail that is going to haunt you throughout your working life. It’s too early in life to jump down a rabbit hole you might never come out of. Don’t be a dumbass, my white brother.