Georgia State University officials say that six students have complained after seeing fliers around campus advertising a new student club known as the White Student Union.
Freshman Patrick Sharp says he started the club so that students of European and Euro-American descent can celebrate their shared history and culture. He said members can also discuss issues that affect white people, such as immigration and affirmative action.
'Why is it when a white person say he is proud to be white he’s shunned as a racist?'
- Freshman Patrick Sharp
Sharp, who is from Birmingham, Ala. and enrolled at the Atlanta school this summer, said any student can join and that he would work with other clubs, such as the Black Student Alliance, on common issues.
"If we are already minorities on campus and are soon to be minorities in this country why wouldn't we have the right to advocate for ourselves and have a club just like every other minority?" Sharp, 18, said. "Why is it when a white person say he is proud to be white he’s shunned as a racist?"
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that whites comprise 38 percent of Georgia State's student body, followed by blacks at 35 percent, Asians at 12 percent and Latinos at 7 percent.
The Associated Press contributed to this report