NAACP Head Concerned About Temple’s White Student Group
PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ The head of a Temple University group that advocates ″white pride″ says the organization isn’t racist, but was formed to balance the ″pro-minority ″ stance taken by school officials.
″I’m not against anybody. I don’t hate anybody,″ said Michael Spletzer, leader of the White Student Union. ″I think we have one of the richest cultures in the world. But as soon as anything about rights for whites comes up, it’s called racism.″
A flier promoting the 89-member WSU says whites are ″the only major segment of the population that is not encouraged to take pride in its heritage and in the achievements of its ancestors.″ It encourages people to ″Be White and proud 3/8″
Spletzer, 22, pointed to other Temple student groups, such as the African- American Student League or the Society of Black Accountants or the Society of Black Engineers as examples of organizations that use racial designations.
Spletzer also said he was disillusioned by Temple’s special scholarships for minorities, affirmative action programs and the educational philosophy.
Temple spokeswoman Kathy Gosliner said Tuesday that university officials decided to recognize the WSU after reviewing the group’s application with a lawyer. Another spokesman said official recognition entitles student organizations to use certain university facilities, a faculty adviser, consideration for university office space and $1,000 annual support for student activities.
The school’s chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People ″will take direct action″ against the WSU if they determine it to be racist, said chapter president Vaughn Goodwin.
″For one race to come out and say racial pride of others is just talk is indirectly indoctrinating racism,″ he said.
Gosliner said she did not know whether similar groups had formed at other schools.