Texas State University’s student body president said that he will not buckle to the calls for him to step down after he had condemned the publication of an article calling for “white death.”
Student President Connor Clegg, in a statement said that the demand for his resignation from the groups such as the Pan African Action Committee (PAAC) is “ridiculous and their justifications even more so,” standing by his criticism of the University Star‘s publication last week which published a column titled, “Whiteness: Your DNA is an abomination.”
The author of that piece, Rudy Martinez, explained, “remember this: I hate you because you shouldn’t exist,” Martinez had written, addressing all the white people directly. “You are both the dominant apparatus on the planet and the void in which all other cultures, upon meeting you, die.”
Clegg has been the voice of reason, against a powerful faction of students and teacher dedicated to Social Justice on campus – AKA, calling for the extermination of white people. He has further called for Star editor-in-chief Denise Cervantes and opinions editor May Olvera to be removed from their respective posts. Should they remain, Clegg said in a statement on November 29th, he would push for full divestment of student fees from the newspaper.
“There is no reason for over 39,000 students to be forced to invest their student’s fees towards this brand of journalism,” he had concluded.
An online petition that is calling for the paper to be defunded has garnered 1,654 signatures as of Monday.
The Star has since deleted the Martinez piece from its website and has apologized, writing, “We screwed up.”
For his defense of white students, against calls for their death, Clegg has been called “openly biased and racist,” by minorities.
“To directly threaten a major student publication because of the content of an opinions piece that Clegg happens to disagree with is not only a threat to constitutional free speech as we know, but also a gesture of censorship reminiscent of an authoritarian regime,” wrote the PAAC. Clegg was further accused of having a “record of disregard for Texas State’s Black and Latin populations.”
Clegg further said that under the current leadership, the Star “has continuously put to print divisive, racially charged, and extremist articles such as ones proclaiming that black people can’t be racist, wealthy people shouldn’t be allowed to reproduce, the First Amendment is only for white people, and a celebration of communism on its 100th anniversary.”