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Campus paper fires ‘white death’ columnist amid calls for publication to be defunded

The University Star, the student newspaper at Texas State University, has fired the author of a controversial opinion piece that proclaimed “white death will mean liberation for all” amid calls from a growing chorus of students that the paper should be defunded.

“The author of this column has jeopardized the atmosphere of inclusivity at this university and will no longer be published in The University Star,” stated an editors’ note atop an apology note to readers from the Editorial Board which stated “we screwed up.”

The board pledged to install a more rigorous column vetting process, noting “we fully acknowledge the repercussions of our actions in allowing for such an incendiary and divisive column to make it into print. We were unequivocally wrong in printing it. It was neither constructive nor appropriate.”

The editor of the publication did not respond to a request from The College Fix seeking comment Saturday. The author of the column, Rudy Martinez, also did not respond to a request for comment.

The apology came two days after the Nov. 28 op-ed “Your DNA is an abomination” made national headlines due to its aggressive language celebrating “white death.” This caused anger and angst among many Texas State students who perceived the article to be blatantly racist.

More recently, members of the Bobcat Liberty Council, a coalition of conservative students on campus, have thrown their support behind a petition started by their Director of Operations, Collin Pruett. The petition, titled “Defund the Racist University Star,” argues that mandatory student fees should not be used to support the publication.

“Though each and every individual is entitled to their opinion, they are not entitled to the money from our pockets. Our tuition dollars should not support the call for annihilation of an entire group of people based upon something as arbitrary as skin color,” the petition states.

Student body president Connor Clegg also released a statement demanding that either the editorial board resign or the paper be defunded. Clegg stated that “to wish for the elimination of an entire race is an ignorant, dated, and close-minded opinion, one that does not belong on our campus” in his press release.

If the top editors do not resign, Clegg stated he will call for an emergency meeting of the Student Service Fee Committee to “reevaluate the paper’s funding and call for a full divestment of student fees from the Star.”

Pruett told The College Fix via email that the latest situation is nothing new, that the Star has a history of printing incendiary columns.

He pointed to an op-ed published in June of this year titled “Freedom of speech is for white people.” In it, author Tafari Robertson argues that free speech is mainly a tool that white people use to advance their causes.

He cited another example from The Star published in October that argued wealthy people should not be allowed to reproduce. The op-ed by Brad Waldraff advocates stripping reproduction rights away from wealthy people to protect the environment.

“It is unethical for the wealthy to have children, not because they may outstep some preordained boundary, but because the system that creates their wealth is fundamentally destructive,” it stated.

Pruett said he and his right-of-center peers are tired of being forced to pay mandatory student fees to fund such assertions.

“After years of the editors of the paper running hateful articles ranging from ‘Your DNA is an Abomination’ to ‘Free Speech is for White People,’ students at Texas State are calling for our tuition dollars to be yanked from the paper’s coffers,” Pruett told The Fix.

The petition has garnered about 1,600 signatures so far.

Pruett said the “Bobcat Liberty Council” is made up of student groups at Texas State including the Young Conservatives of Texas, Turning Point USA and the College Republicans, and was formed to “fight back against” extremist elements at their public university, “including the University Star.”

“The university administration never commented on those extremist articles because conservatives on campus were not organized and ready to blow the whistle,” Pruett said.

“While we believe and endorse freedom of speech, we do not believe our tuition dollars should fund hateful rhetoric that erode our university’s values,” he continued. “This was the primary motive for starting the petition, which has garnered widespread support with campus and with parents of Bobcats. We hope that our student government and our university administration will listen to our concerns and act to rectify this situation.”

In addition to the Bobcat Liberty Council and student body president Connor Clegg, the Texas State Alumni Association also spoke out out against The University Star.

In a Facebook statement, the Alumni Association said they have received messages expressing concern over the op-ed and share their concerns.

Texas State President Denise Trauth also released a statement denouncing the “racist opinion column” that the Star ran as “abhorrent” and “contrary to the core values of inclusion and unity that our Bobcat students, faculty, and staff hold dear.”

“As president of a university that celebrates its inclusive culture, I detest racism in any manifestation,” Trauth said in the statement.

While Trauth says she respects that The Star lets students share their opinions freely, she says she expects the “student editors to exercise good judgment in determining the content that they print.”

MORE: Student columnist defends his op-ed celebrating ‘white death,’ says it isn’t racist

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  • Byrd Westbrook

    So there are limits to stupidity and racism, at least at Texas State U.

    • nraendowment

      They got caught. The fact that something that horrendous would even be printed tells me what they really believe.

  • TxMedRgr

    Like South Africa, America will learn that fewer whites does not necessarily equal more prosperity, freedom and peace

    • mary12000

      As in Rhodesia’s case, now Zimbabwe it meant poverty and 1000 % inflation in what was the bread basket of Africa. Just a little bit of history.

  • matt10023

    Defunding the paper because it published an unpopular column would violate the first amendment. It’s a public school. Accordingly it’s subject to constitutional prohibition against government censorship.

    • Hughlon Thornbury

      Not the same ting when students vote on the spending of fees they pay to fund their own student activities.

    • EndTimesComing

      Change the name of the author, instead of white replace with mestizo, then how would you feel? Would the article be okay and NOT an incitement to riot and murder?

      • matt10023

        The article was never OK. It was blantantly racist and offensive. It’s fine to criticize it. But that’s different than calling for censorship via defunding the newspaper. The first amendment is not needed for bland or popular speech. It’s pretty clear cut to me.

        • Marash Raman Basid

          Wrong again matt. If this was a newspaper with stock holders, they would be calling for the executive management to be fired. Students not wanting to pay for this abomination is the same thing.

        • Down With Blizz

          call to violence fuckwit. nothing protected about it.

          • nraendowment

            He doesn’t seem to see that or understand the difference between opinion and advocating violence and genocide.

          • misterturner

            Is he advocating the death of whites or just of whiteness? Sounds like he is envisioning a world where whites are rendered cultural zombies, not annihilated. I don’t agree with that, but I’m cool with it being said.

          • nraendowment

            He’s advocating violence and genocide. Read his manifesto again and substitute black for white. He’s right out in the open about it.

            The kid says he hates us. I believe him. He’s unstable.

          • throttler

            According to you, what is whiteness?

    • Agincourt

      “white death will mean liberation for all”

      Incitement to mob violence is not protected, you faggot

    • Marash Raman Basid

      Incorrect matt10023. A school newspaper is governed by the school, the school president and the trustees of the school. They have rules that apply to incidences like this. The university has acted correctly so far but more needs to be done. The faculty advisor needs to be replaced and the executive members of the school paper should be fired immediately.

    • Down With Blizz

      ok well leave the paper because muhmendmants and just go through and fucking trash the place, belt the crap out of anyone that works there, and show what white people think of calls to genocide whites then, but you cant sit there and say punishment shouldnt be doled out.

      we all know what happens when white people print things calling for blacks to die, you want your fucking freedom and equal rights, start holding yourselves to it.

  • Jonney Quest

    Perhaps its an indication to what the Professors teach in Journalism School at TSU. Seems the same concepts of hate conservatives are in most Journalism Schools.

    • TexanPatriot

      Reverse the races and you notice it never happens. Always anti-white nonsense. It’s getting tired and the left really lost their little minds. OVer at Drudge’s competitor Whatfinger News they highlight this site and things like this often. I have no idea what’s in these little piece of craps heads, but Federal dollars needs to be taken away from all institutions of higher learning that teach racism against white people.
      Trump can do this and America will applaud.

  • Agincourt

    the day of the rope can’t come soon enough

    • Marash Raman Basid

      Hail Kekistan!

  • Marash Raman Basid

    I don’t know if the paper should be shutdown, but everyone on staff, especially the editor and faculty advisor, should be fired immediately. College administrators are so afraid of doing the prudent thing these days. This people would get eaten alive in private sector jobs.

    • Down With Blizz

      absolutely they should. to pretend that only the person who wrote the article is to blame when it is printed in a campus newspaper with other contributors, staff, editors, etc, that means *a whole bunch of people allowed this to be printed* – the words dont just magically appear on the paper when you buy it. someone put them there, someone allowed them to be there, someone approved it for print, someone printed it, someone sold it.

  • Uncommunist

    Fire all fascists (left-wingers) at the paper and defund that undiversity and put pressure on the admin to resign in disgrace … ok ok just Fire all leftist scum.

  • Char Sal

    Methinks he just needs that ass beat…

  • lolwut? (Deplorable Hoser)

    Another one bites the dust….

  • Andy Maxwell

    Next week she’ll be interviewing with both CNN and NBC.

    • bik

      Bwaaaaaajajajajajajajajajajajaja! Unfortunately you are absolutely correct.

    • throttler

      Not “she.” It is a “he.”

      • Andy Maxwell

        Oops. Typo. Thanks.

  • bik

    This is why we must protect Freedom of Speech. It allows us to identify the racists, bigots, and lunatics and know them for what they are. And seriously, why is journalism even a major? It’s a waste of time and money. This racist is living proof of that.

  • mary12000

    I am surprised there were 1600 people with enough courage people to sign it.

  • UtopianPlan

    Somewhere……… Martin Luther King is saying…. “I actually took a bullet for these morons?”

  • Peter from Oz

    We conservatives would be rightly disgusted if a college paper fired a journalist for writing an article that expressed an opinion with which we have sympathy. It follows that we should not cheer the firing of this idiot.
    It would be much better to give space to an article rebutting the nonsense in the offending piece.

    • Down With Blizz

      nothing to rebut there that hasnt already been rebutted debunked argued peer reviewed, and found to be completely and utterly racist before.

      just fire them, send a message that racism and ignorance is racism and ignorance no matter how black the person making the call for white genocide is.

      • Peter from Oz

        ”Peer reveiwed” ha ha. There are so many examples of how peer review is a bunch of bollocks, particularly in the humanities.
        And since when did we on the right give a Friar Tuck about racism against us? We shouldn’t behave like whining little prats like our friends on the left.

    • misterturner

      Agreed. We all know that a truthful rebuttal would be far more incindiary than this. Now we’re talking actual discourse, instead of shoving everything constantly under the carpet. How exciting that would be.

  • Down With Blizz

    WHY ARENT ALL OF THEM BEING SACKED.

    The asshole that got fired might have written the article, but the editor allowed it to be included, and the printers printed it.

    Then the other people who absolutely had a hand in it get to post not ‘we are truly sorry’ not ‘what was said was wrong’ not ‘we need to make peace with white people instead of attack them’ all they did was post ‘we made a mistake’

    too right you made a mistake, you got caught.

  • Scytale

    Why would you censor this evil little bastard? If that’s how he feels about white people he should come out and say it. That way white people can know that they are in mortal danger at least around the company of people such as he.

    • throttler

      Because he might influence others with pea-sized brains to commit violence.

  • nraendowment

    That kid needs psychiatric help before he becomes a headline. He just oozes hate and evil.

  • misterturner

    It’s vague whether he was calling for extermination of whites themselves, or just of whiteness. Maybe it doesn’t really matter. In any case, as a conservative, I was actually ok with the column being published, even if I disagree. I have a soft spot for incindiary opinions.

  • Buddy McKenzie

    perhaps it is time to close all colleges and universities except those of science. tech, and medical. oh and keep the football teams too

    • throttler

      Don’t keep the football teams. Football is a useless game.

  • Duce LaRue

    The entire paper should be shut down because the Rudy Martinez article was approved by their editorial board. Each and everyone of the board members read the article and they were OK publishing it.

    The editorial board is only partially at fault. The real burden lies with the White students who put up constant hate against White. Until White students in general and White men in particular stand up fight institutionalize hate aghast them it will not stop.

    I ask this of the White students. What kind of person are you to accept being hated continuously for being white or male? How much can your degrees be worth at the cost of becoming beaten and obedient dogs.

  • travieso

    I am a Texas State University Alumni. Back then it was called SouthWest Texas State University and, in the mid-90’s, it was such a great college. I got my Masters there and we all got along. I was openly gay, had friends that were Democrat, Republican, Christian, Atheist, and everything in between. Sad to see that such racism has dominated the Texas Star.