ITHACA, N.Y. — A Facebook group called the Union of White Cornell Students, meant to allegedly “preserve and advance” the white race at the university, is officially a thing.

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The group, claiming to be thought of by over 100 Cornell students, began posting photos and comments on March 2.

The following is a portion of an open letter written to the Cornell Community and posted March 2:

“This is an Open Letter to the Cornell Community and the greater public. We are a like-minded community made up of undergraduate, graduate, and even doctoral students. We are scholars, athletes, and fraternity/sorority members. What started as a conversation amongst friends has advanced to become a community of white students who wish to preserve and advance their race. To date, we are a group of over 100 people that meet in secrecy to avoid potential character assassinations of the press and the Black Lives Matter extremist groups.

The rhetoric in mainstream media and even our own higher academia has proven to be toxic and divisive attempting to undermine the efforts of the white race and even promote shaming and self-guilt. We are a community that attempts to recognize the many accomplishments of the white race and preserve our heritage.

All attempts in recent history to protest for perceived structural inequalities and grievances against white people to gain social footing has resulted in outright trivial demands and hostilities against us. We have observed this here at Cornell and are ashamed at the response of the university to placate these delusional minority groups on-campus honoring their demands.”

The group goes on to cite instances where people of color have made demands of colleges and universities to address racial concerns, such as a recent incident where Cornell’s Black Students United group said they want the university to change the name of the Cornell Plantations.

About that, the group wrote, “Please disband the extremist BSU group as they wish to perpetuate nothing more than their own tuppence of frivolous demands with all the media noise surrounding ‪#‎BlackLivesMatter‬ and ‪#‎Mizzou‬. Whether our community warms to our messaging or not, I assure you that nobody wishes to waste any expense on mandatory “racial re-education” classes.”

Last fall, about 25 fake similar fake sites were started, allegedly representing schools across the country, The Daily Beast reports. The sites were allegedly made by racist groups to create racial tensions on campuses.

It is unclear who started the group claiming to be affiliated with Cornell University students.

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Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.