Controversy is brewing at Pennsylvania's West Chester University after students posted flyers on campus announcing the formation of a “White Student Union.”
No one showed up to the group’s first gathering Thursday after school officials who investigated the fliers sent a campus-wide e-mail stating that "there is no White Student Union at West Chester University, and there is no meeting,” local paper the Daily Local reported.
University spokeswoman Pam Sheridan said the fliers were part of an effort to organize people those are who against racism and are not the seeds of a racist organization.
Still some students are taking issue with the fliers while others are taking issue with the backlash over them.
Several students told the Daily Local they felt the fliers were done in poor taste.
"In my opinion, it seems like it's mocking the Black Student Union," Briana Rollerson, a freshman and member of the Black Student Union, told the paper.
But others say the students’ backlash over a proposed White Student Union when the school has a Black Student Union is hypocritical.
"So there is a 'double-standard' at WCU, a state university which receives funding from the taxpayers,” a Daily Local reader wrote on the website’s comments page. “Blacks can have their 'own' group who can sit around and discuss the bad old days of 'slavery' but whites, a majority on campus, cannot have their own organization to discuss the merits of Western European Culture which is the 'backbone' of modern civilization. Are you kidding me?”
A website purporting to belong for the White Student Union’s national chapter says the group was founded April 2, 2009 “to promote a new strong brotherhood of the white race.”
A Facebook page for "W.S.U. at WCU" has two members who have only posted advertisements.
West Chester University has roughly 14,000 students. About 85 percent are white.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.