The University of Queensland has condemned a “racist” Facebook web page attempting to garner help for a “white student union” on its campus.
The so-named University of Queensland White Student Union web page was designed this week and purports to be “a safe place to assistance and promote the interests of domestic students of European descent” at the university.
The first post published on the page includes a rant about the number of international students enrolled with the institution.
“We’re forced to do group function with internationals who can’t speak English. We carry the load and do all the function, even though our marks are dragged down,” it says.
“We’re forced to put up with the antisocial behaviour of a specific group of students who treat study spaces as social spaces and consistently attempt to ‘reserve’ public resources, such as computer systems.”
The university released a statement right now distancing itself from the web page.
“The University of Queensland is in no way affiliated with the so-named University of Queensland White Student Union Facebook web page, and no ‘white student union’ exists at UQ,” the statement read.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Joanne Wright stated the university prided itself on diversity.
“We thoroughly condemn any attempt to undermine the significance of fostering an equitable society, each on campus and a lot more broadly,” she stated.
The web page has 27 likes on Facebook, but has responded to the university’s statement, saying it plans to apply to turn into an official group subsequent year.
“Our group has in no way claimed to be an ‘official’ club or society but that doesn’t imply it does not exist,” it mentioned.
“There are quite a few student groups that aren’t UQU affiliated but exist nonetheless.
“If we have enough assistance from the student body we will apply to affiliate a White Student Society at UQ in 2016.”
Web page portion of bigger US trend advertising white supremacy: UQ
The university said the page appeared to be part of a bigger trend that has spread from North America, where dozens of comparable pages have appeared, each and every claiming affiliation with university communities.
According to US media, “white student union” Facebook pages have popped up at colleges across the nation in current days, such as at Princeton, Berkeley and Stanford.
The pages are suspected to be in response to a wave of anti-racism protests which have been taking spot on campuses this month.
The trend come days right after photographs of black Harvard Law faculty members were defaced on the university’s famous Boston campus.
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