White Supremacist Group Disrupts Ethnic Studies Class, Black Resource Center

    White Supremacist Group Disrupts Ethnic Studies Class, Black Resource Center

    The white supremacist group known as “Identity Evropa” interrupted an ethnic studies class at UC San Diego, according to the Jan. 11 UCSD Police Department logs. One member sat in the front of the class and another sat toward the back.

    The group announced it was only there to “observe” and left after a good amount of time had passed in the class. Some students thought the members were messaging each other on their phones and were worried more members were being called to the class.

    On their way out, they flashed Identity Evropa badges at the students attending the lecture. Most of the students there at the time were confused, and it is still unclear exactly what Identity Evropa was hoping to accomplish.

    After leaving the ethnic studies class, the members reportedly headed to the Black Resource Center in the original Student Center. It is also unclear what their intent was in doing this.

    Both the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center, non-profit organizations which track radical groups, recognize Identity Evropa as a hate group that advocates white supremacy. The SPLC notes that Identity Evropa often operates under the guise of “pseudo-intellectualism” to attract young college students.

    This same group has reportedly previously vandalized UCSD property and hung controversial banners from the roof of Price Center reading “No Amnesty, End DACA” in October 2017. The banners were quickly taken down, with UCSD citing a violation of posting policies.

    Identity Evropa have targeted various UC campuses several times in recent months. In April 2017, one of the group’s leaders was videotaped sucker punching a female protester during a protest that turned violent at UC Berkeley.

    The school released a statement about the incident.

    “The recent disruptions present an opportunity for faculty to enforce behaviors that facilitate the effectiveness of the learning environment,” it read. “Course instructors have the responsibility and authority to maintain order in the instructional setting. Safety of our students, faculty and staff is of paramount concern.”

    In an email sent out by the school, professors were given permission to remove disruptors from class, and students were allowed to film Identity Evropa members.

    I believe it is an important moment of the student body to use its own power in terms of free speech and remember that they have the power to organize and educate their fellow community members,“ Abraham Galvan, vice president of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion of A.S. Council told the UCSD Guardian. “There has to be more learning and teaching on white supremacist groups, as well as how to keep students safe when they may be affected by these actions and these groups’ rhetoric.”

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      Alex SmithFeb 12, 2018 at 5:37 pm

      So if I decide to sit in a class I’m not enrolled for, let’s say to decide if the professor’s teaching methods suit my learning, and text a friend quietly about how it’s going then I’m going to be labeled as a white supremacist because of the color of my skin? But if I were of any other race, it would be okay? Umm… isn’t that racism? And where’s the proof that these two students were even part of a white supremacy group? Did the teacher ask them? Well, it doesn’t mention it above, so I guess I shouldn’t jump to any conclusions.
      Thanks UCSD!

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      SolaireFeb 4, 2018 at 12:29 pm

      So:
      -When a white-pride group quietly listens to alternative views, it’s a disturbance.
      -When a black or brown pride group loudly disrupts, riots, and shuts down alternative discussions… it’s activism.
      Thanks for the clarification UCSD.

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      KnaveFeb 4, 2018 at 12:18 am

      If they wanted to observe, maybe they shoulda enrolled in the course?

      Who knows? Maybe they’da learned something, and maybe abandoned thier pathetic white supremacist ideology?

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      Brad SmithFeb 3, 2018 at 9:11 pm

      The professor/instructor allowed this to happen? Why? Talk about privilege and the acceptance of such. You have to enroll in a course to even audit it; you’re not allowed to just show up and “observe,” especially in such an intimidating manner. Clearly, we need more information before we can pass judgment, but it seems as though the professor/instructor was asleep at the wheel on this one. Then again, with so many courses being taught by graduate students, adjunct instructors, and non-TT faculty, what do we expect them to do? Jump in front of the cross, proverbially speaking? Administrators need to get involved, as this is their problem, not that of their faculty that are already underpaid. To have upper administration simply send out a memo giving guidelines on how to deal with hate group members popping into a class randomly signifies that the issue is more complex than we would otherwise think.

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        ADHFeb 5, 2018 at 5:35 am

        Most universities do have a rule like this.

        As an instructor, this is difficult rhetorically. It’s a question of what kind of free press you want to give them. If they are excluded out of hand (as any other student not enrolled in the class would and should be) they are going to claim bias and discrimination. If they are allowed to intend, they get to intimidate your students and claim that they have won some kind of victory over the institution.

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      Phil KonstantinFeb 3, 2018 at 5:23 pm

      The article fails to mention exactly how they disrupted the class. Was their presence itself the disruption? Were they yelling, chanting, waving their arms, talking, carrying signs, using hand gestures, did their clothing have white supremacist logos or messages on them ? What were they doing?

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        SolaireFeb 4, 2018 at 12:30 pm

        The disrupted it by being white, and not hating themselves for it.

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        ADHFeb 5, 2018 at 5:38 am

        The presence of two students not enrolled in the course, especially if they split up and text back and forth to each other, is itself a massive disruption.

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      MAX POWERSJan 29, 2018 at 4:16 pm

      Two guys attend class they didn’t sign up for

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