White Student Union Protesters Blocked from Towson U. President's Inauguration

The protestors were attempting to deliver petitions against the proposed student group to President Maravene Loeschke during the ceremony.

A group of protesters opposed to a were turned away from President Maravene Loeschke's inauguration ceremony Friday afternoon.

A news release sent from the —a group serving low-income people, particularly minorities—Friday morning stated that the organization's activist branch Change Nation planned to deliver more than 12,000 petition letters asking Loeschke to denounce the proposed student group during the ceremony.

In an email, the Washington, D.C. based service organization's press secretary Donna De La Cruz wrote that the protestors, who as of Friday afternoon had collected more than 18,000 letters, were escorted out of Towson University Arena, where the ceremony was held.

Students looking to start the White Student Union were previously involved in the former student group , which prompted controversy when members allegedly scrawled "White Pride" in chalk at various campus locations.

A spokeswoman for the university said Thursday that as of Monday, no paperwork was filed for the White Student Union.

, a former Towson University professor and student, assumed her post as president on Jan. 1. 

Janet September 16, 2012 at 03:59 PM
@ Melvan BSU and other colorbased groups allow membership from all races. Would the WSU allow membership of Non-Whites?
Baltimore Matt September 16, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I think at the end of the day if the White Student Union people go through the proper channels and processes to start a student organization, given that Towson is a publicly funded school, that to deny the students their organization would be a violation of their right to assembly and their freedom of speech, especially since the school has a precedence of allowing other racial organizations.
Janet September 16, 2012 at 04:35 PM
You make some excellent points Baltimore Matt. If these students follow through with the necessary paperwork why not allow WSU to have their organization? That is fair. After all the first amendment does protect Neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan to rally and march.
JD1 September 16, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Just more fuel for racial tension. Why can't people in this country get past all of this rail BS? Why do we still have "protected" groups. Everyone has free access to opportunity. Why can't we become a color blind society. Why is it so important to focus on cultural heritage? I could care less what my grand parents had to deal with. If I turn out to be a winner or a loser, it has nothing to do with wher my ancestors came from - it has to do with my own desire to achieve. Enough with black student unions, white student unions, Korean student unions .....how about American student unions.
Alex Cole September 16, 2012 at 08:25 PM
"@ Melvan BSU and other colorbased groups allow membership from all races. Would the WSU allow membership of Non-Whites?" Janet, that was an awesome response to Melvan, because it reveals the true intent behind WSU.
Thomas September 17, 2012 at 05:27 AM
You make the mistake of ignoring the fact that technically everyone has free "access" to opportunity, except that MOST people of color have the most difficult time accessing those opportunities by not necessarily any fault of their own. Check out a study completed by University of Chicago recently that had dummied up resumes to send to employers with the same qualifications and references only difference was some had "black" sounding names and the other "white" sounding names. It was proven in the study that there was racial bias in the hiring process favoring white applicants versus black applicants. Also you ignore the fact that we currently are living in a "colorblind" society. You see how that worked out don't you? I understand why you said American student unions, because you feel that all colors should just be united under one national identity "American" but first that hate has to stop in order for that to happen and you can't stop the hate if you don't address the problem and just sweep it under the "colorblind" rug.
JD1 September 17, 2012 at 01:20 PM
The Chicago study proves my point - there is a lot of resentment in the white community because while we are constantly demonized the minority community is supported by the efforts of the EEOC, NAACP, targeted urban programs, tons of money, Al Sharpton, Jessee Jackson, Pre college prep programs, Black Student Unions and organizations ...etc. this has only resulted in further polarization and hasn't really furthered the progress of minorities. Maybe ending all of that and simply working together for the succes for all people regardless of color should bethe next step since plan A, as you stated, has failed miserably. Why continue in the same direction.
M. Sullivan September 17, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Hey, Simone. I sure hope you're not an English major because you need some help in your writing skills.
Shin September 17, 2012 at 03:20 PM
If there's a black student union, a latino student union, an asian student union.. there can be a White Student Union. Will they let anyone join? No one has given them a chance to say yes or no on that. Everyone jumped on it as a Neo-Nazi skinhead organization. Yes, the people behind it are not coming off as the most "classy" of folks in interviews after "White Pride", but that's not the point. The point is the group itself should be allowed to exist if the previously mentioned groups can exist. If the members of it happen to be horrible people, then they can be forced out. But do not deny the group's right to exist while allowing all the other "demographic-based" groups to exist. The hypocrisy they are bringing to light is priceless, even if the people involved are not exactly the most well-intentioned of folks from their past actions.
Steve September 17, 2012 at 03:39 PM
They are sponsoring a talk on campus by White Supremacist Jared Taylor on October 2nd. http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/intelligence-files/profiles/jared-taylor Jared Taylor has called African Americans a "retrograde Species of humanity." It's being promoted on Help Save Maryland's Facebook page.
Steve September 17, 2012 at 03:47 PM
LOL I wonder where they will burn the cross? http://www.onepeoplesproject.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1059%3Aex-towson-ywc-president-proposes-white-student-union-plans-to-bring-jared-taylor-to-campus-in-october&catid=29%3Aus&Itemid=14&lang=en
Thomas September 17, 2012 at 03:59 PM
JD1, clarify this for me.. your argument is that because minority community support systems like NAACP, EEOC, etc demonizes Whites, there is a resentment from the White community? I have to ask what is your definition of "demonized?" The NAACP calling out certain White institutions, establishments on their racist behavior and despaired treatment towards minority groups, that is demonizing? There is another recent study out there that states that "Whites feel more discriminated against Blacks" even though current statistics regarding housing and employment suggest the contrary. The study concluded that White's perceptions of anti-white attitudes has nothing to do with reality, that typically Whites perceive view "any focus on ethnic minorities as an 'attack' on white values." I do not agree that Plan A was the allowance of ethnic based study or organizations, I also don't agree that direction towards change and acceptance of all walks of life failed. I believe the notion of a colorblind society has failed, ending all "polarization" doesn't further minority progress it only makes it worst. For the reason that the focus on a colorblind notion, is unconcerned w/ the history, culture or disadvantage of minorities because the majority is unaffected for the most part. I still believe that addressing the sufferings and despaired treatment towards minority groups is a prerequisite to your idea of "working together for the success of all people regardless of color."
JD1 September 17, 2012 at 07:16 PM
How exactly would you like to "address the sufferings and despaired treatment towards minority groups?"we have tried that route and it hasn't worked. How about we get past it and move forward...celebrating "blackness" or "whiteness" serves absolutely no purpose. If your parents were poor and uneducated, white or black, get an education and a job and don't have babies until you can support them free of government assistance. There's nothing in our society that would prevent anyone from doing that. Urban schools get more funding and resources than at any time in our history. Educational opportunity is there, education leads to a good job,personal responsibility prevents having children before you can support them which breaks the cycle of poverty. No need for a black, white or green student union to promote that strategy for success.
Thomas September 18, 2012 at 01:01 AM
JD1 I have you ever sat inside an "urban" school classroom and felt that you were receiving the same level of education as a suburban school that is predominately white? Music and other enriching programs are being cut from public schools across the nation. There are students being taught by outdated textbooks in these urban schools and you make the claim that the opportunity is there. I don't completely disagree yes the opportunity is there, but minority groups are less likely to have access to DECENT education with encouraging (qualified) teachers, updated textbooks, etc. Then there is the issue of the racial bias that educated minority has to endure when applying for a job even though that individual is qualified. In Feb of this year the US Bureau of Labor statistics noted the national unemployment rate for white males was approximately 6.8% whereas the unemployment rate for black males was 14.3%. What about the individuals of color that do not have children or rely on government aid, maintain good work ethics, have upstanding credit and still have a difficult time accessing employment opportunities or even fair housing loans due to their racial background? Minorities are more likely to experience an impediment accessing opportunities. How would I like to address the sufferings and despaired treatment towards minority groups? Simple stop ignoring them and ignoring the fact that access (there are exceptions) for the most part is not "equal."
JD1 September 18, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Sat inside - no. Taught in them - yes! Have you? City schools have great textbooks, excellent teachers, computers and anything elsethatbisnneeded for a kid to learn. Your info is based on conditions from the past and not the present. The unemployment rate is directly related to social conditions that are compromised by irresponsible behaviors, drug use and other bad choices. Minorities that make responsible decisions regarding education and lifestyle find jobs, buy cars, qualify for mortgages ...etc. Minorities that have a good work ethic are not looking for excuses or handouts and they don't need to celebrate skin color - as a matter of fact the ones that live in my neighborhood and that I work with totally resent individuals that think they are entitled to special treatment because of the color of their skin.
Thomas September 18, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Well to begin with I commend you for your work as a teacher. However I never said once that minority groups deserved special treatment. I only said they deserve equal treatment. minorities resenting individuals that think they are entitled to special treatment because of their color is not synonymous with not wanting to celebrate their skin color or heritage. Also you failed again to address the fact that there are minorities that have upstanding credit and work ethics yet are charged higher interests rates when trying to apply for a car loan or mortgage as compared to white applicants with similar or less qualifications, this is not in the past.
JD1 September 18, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Funny - I recently refinanced both my house and car. The application was online and there was no "race" box to check off. My brother sells cars and my wife works t a bank. Both refute your claim - again,this may have been the case in the past but it's simply not the case now. I will tell you though that my friend recently applied for a "governement" job. He is white male and actually checked off that he was african american on the application. He got through two screening levels and mysteriously wasn't called back after the face to to face interview.......hmmm. Live in the present and we can get past this BS in one generation.
JD1 September 18, 2012 at 02:01 AM
M Sullivan - don't be a dick
Thomas September 18, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Also to answer your question. I was taught at a predominately white suburban school yet I had friends that would attend the city schools and I noticed the difference between their curriculum and ours, It was usually a lower standard. You make the claim that the numbers of unemployment are related to bad life choices. What about the fact that according to Human Rights Watch in 2009 they found that Blacks constitute 33.6 percent of drug arrests, 44 percent of persons convicted of drug felonies in state court, and 37 percent of people sent to state prison on drug charges, even though they constitute only 13 percent of the US population and blacks and whites engage in drug offenses at equivalent rates. We have gotten off subject I still believe colorblindness doesn't solve racism and you have your beliefs. Agree to disagree.
JD1 September 18, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Again - in the past. As city schools have been held increasingly accountable for student performance things have changed. Here's more evidence of equity: Baltimore City schools benefit from art program : http://www.wbaltv.com/news/maryland/education/Baltimore-City-schools-benefit-from-art-program/-/9379316/16639136/-/btlmp7z/-/index.html?absolute=true As for resentment - read the posts on the article about the black woman who hit and run another woman at The Avenue. Time for folks to stop making excuses, forget skin color and make responsible choices.
JD1 September 18, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Even more evidence: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/education/blog/bs-md-historically-black-college-grant-20120917,0,1744769.story I guess historically white colleges don't qualify....
Thomas September 18, 2012 at 05:16 AM
Again in the past? Regarding my experience? I just graduated from highschool 2yrs ago. Thanks for your numbers of Baltimore Art School programs good to know. However I said programs in public schools across the nation are being cut do you have any numbers to prove the programs in other states are not, like California? Just because your wife or brother do not personally discriminate against minorities doesn't mean it doesn't occur. I never said that African Americans could not ever obtain loans. I said that they are more likely to charged a higher interest rates than that of their white counterparts. Besides the minority's experience of despaired treatment in housing isn't just limited to the difference in interests rates or obtainment of loans. There are various of studies and government reports as recent as 2011 that tell of illegal discriminatory acts against minorities in regards to housing, such as refusal from landlords to rent to African Americans. I don't understand what the Black woman who hit another woman has to do with anything??? you lost me. What excuses are being made by me? I only suggested that ignoring color doesn't solve for the racism. Addressing the issue that city schools (implied to be primarily minority based) were once at a disadvantage and they are now progressing proves my argument that you have to address the problem in order to solve for it. There is progress I don't deny that. But We as Americans still have a way to go, You prove that much.
JD1 September 18, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Keep on working your "Plan A" mentality - I hope it works out for you. The only thing that I have proven is that you continue to hold the narrow minded view that minorities require some sort some sort of group affiliation in order to succeed. My wife and bro spoken behalf of their employers and not their own views. California has F'ed up their entire economy with failed social policies. The responses to the article about the woman at the Avenue demonstrate the increasing frustration people, white and black, are finding with those minorities that continue to act out against whites despite the various social props that have been give to them. When does an entire culture stop calling themselves "oppressed" and simply go out and get a job? No need to reply - I'm done.
JD1 September 18, 2012 at 11:23 AM
By the way, since you are fresh out of high school and still a child, it's a shame that you are following in the footsteps of others that lead to unemployment and the victim complex. Step up, educate yourself, work hard and you will meet with success. Hang out in a black student union and talk about how " the man" has held you down and you will become a loser like the many that have gone before you..
Baltimore Matt September 18, 2012 at 12:27 PM
This article not about the conditions that minorities face or the quality of education in different types of school districts or history… it's about if a group of students can have a racially based club, in a public university that already has racially based clubs, if they follow the rules, submit the proper paperwork, and complete the process for legitimately doing so.
Dave September 18, 2012 at 01:49 PM
JD1, I love how you write as if your perspective is the absolute God's honest truth. You and Thomas were at least having a discussion until you referred to him as a child. He's old enough to die for this country. There are some decent to very good schools in Balto City. You must have been teaching at one of those. There are a whole lot more that fit Thomas's description. I mean come on, one of the main arguments that people give for leaving Baltimore City is because of a LACK of access to a quality education. I'll tell you this JD1, at least half the country if not more does not agree with your perspective about racism and discrimination being a thing of the past. I'd also be willing to bet that 95% of black people know it's not a thing of the past.
M. Sullivan September 18, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Hey JD1, what's with the childish name calling? Are you still in high school? Anyone who writes in a public forum should at least use good grammar if they expect any respect, AH.
Thomas September 18, 2012 at 05:06 PM
My belief isn't limited to just believing that minorities need group affiliation in order to succeed. However I believe that groups like BSU that tend to promote awareness of opportunities and celebrates the history of successful blacks helps give encouragement to black youth which then inspires them to succeed. Your statement that BSU talks about how "the man holds black people down" proves your ignorance. To assume and generalize that all BSUs (if any) blame whites is unfair and inaccurate. I had the privilege of growing up in a stable two parent household in a suburban neighborhood. My parents are Black middle class Americans that hold good work ethics, own their home and drive a BMW and a Honda. My father does look at his siblings with a bit of resentment for them oppressing their own mind because of fear of rejection but at the same time my father never denied the fact that he experienced racism and obstacles while trying to obtain the success that he now has. My parents purposely named me "Thomas" so that if I sent a resume to an employer it would not automatically be tossed aside. I know from personal experience in the classroom I didn't always receive the same treatment as my white classmates from some of my teachers often times I was ignored. At the beginning of this discussion you conceded that there was a racial bias in society that tended to favor whites in the hiring process you called it "Resistance from the White community" now you want to say simply get a job?
Preston Wiginton September 22, 2012 at 01:24 PM
"'Racism' is a natural love of that which is closer genetically to you. As such racism is a good thing and has kept us alive for millions of years. It is an integral part of the group survival instinct in all humans. It is part of nature. Nature favours diversity and uses the group survival instinct to promote and further diversity. It is 'racism' that causes us to love our children above all others, then our family, then our extended family and community. To tell us to ‘love’ strangers in the same way and to the same extent as we would love our own sounds good and righteous, but when analysed is perverse. The logical extension of this ‘equal love’ doctrine would make us extinct in a few generations. We would be prevented from showing any special care for our children. We would have to neglect them and look after others. To fail to show that extra love for our family and community would break the bonds of that community. It would cease to be a community and would collapse. ’Racism’ binds us together as a family and a community. It is not hate. It is passionate duty. It is selfless commitment to those we care for. It is love without lust. It is indeed the purest form of love. It is what makes life worth living. Without love we are nothing. Without love we are fodder for the tyrants, able to be manipulated by the trivia in an ever unfulfilled search to fill that hole in our souls which can only be filled by love of our own. Racism is love. 'Anti racism' is hate."
Dave September 23, 2012 at 03:40 PM
War is peace. Slavery is freedom. - 1984


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