White supremacy and Virginia Tech

Steve Bannon at Virginia Tech in 1975. (Photo provided by the university)

For the past three months, racist fliers supporting white supremacy have appeared at the University of Maryland in College Park.

Similar fliers have popped up at many campuses around the nation, including Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.

“It is your civic duty to report any and all illegal aliens,” one of the fliers said.  “They are criminals.  America is a white nation.”

Such fliers contain a link to the website of Vanguard America, a blatant white supremacy web site.

Tech has long had its share of racists who fly the flag of white supremacy.  Stephan Bannon, former boss of Breitbart News and now aide to President Donald Trump, expressed such views while attending Tech in the 1970s.  He served as President of the Student Government and graduated in 1976 with a degree in urban affairs.

A letter from the “Virginia Tech Community” earlier this year denounced Bannon for what it called “standing in opposition to the values of the university.”

“He has encouraged prejudice as the Executive Chairman of Breitbart Media, a mouthpiece for the white nationalist ‘alt-right’ movement,” the letter read. “Breitbart, under his leadership, published articles disparaging women, Muslims and the LGBTQ community. He has suggested that only landowners should be allowed to vote.”

More than 5,000 alumni, students and faculty of Tech signed the letter.

Bannon admits openly that he supports the “white nationalist” movement but claims it is not a racist group.

Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine says otherwise, noting that Bannon directed “a news organization that traffics in white supremacy and anti-Semitism.”

White supremacists consider President Trump and Bannon allies.

Declares Vanguard America on its web site:

Our America is to be a nation exclusively for the White American peoples who out of the barren hills, empty plains, and vast mountains forged the most powerful nation to ever have existed; it is logical that America must be once again built from the ground up to recapture the glory an Aryan nation deserves.

Responds University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh:

The white nationalist posters found on college campuses, including our own, contain detestable language that is an affront to who we are, and what we stand for, as the State’s flagship university. As a community, we stand for excellence, diversity, and inclusion. We stand against all forms of ignorance and hate.

At Virginia Tech, Mark Owczarski, said otherwise in a response to the Collegiate Times when it asked about the university’s community outrage over Bannon’s activities:

Why would Virginia Tech go out and make a statement disavowing anybody? It doesn’t make sense to me, I don’t understand the logic and the reasoning of what you’re asking. Who are we to determine any of that stuff? He is who he is. We’ll allow his actions and his works to speak for themselves — as we do with all our alums.


Bannon now as a “senior adviser” to President Donald Trump (Photo: Breitbart News).


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