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Campus Newspaper Column Asks All White People to Die

December 1st 2017

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An article titled “Your DNA is an abomination” that appeared in the student newspaper of Texas State University has been denounced as showing blatant racism. Rudy Martinez wrote in the article in The University Star that among his peers, lovers, professors, police officers, and others, he has met only twelve white people he has met that he considers to be “decent.” He continues in the article by denouncing “white privilege” and that white people do not have to worry when pulled over by police. “I see white people as an aberration,” Martinez wrote.

While some readers understood him to mean that he does not like white people, Martinez claims that he is adhering to an ideology. “The idea of whiteness and the way we currently understand it in which you have white privilege, you have our system of mass incarceration, you have a history of slavery in this country followed by Jim Crow. Mass incarceration is the new Jim Crow. These are all ideas born out of whiteness; they were born out of the minds of white people. So that, I do see as an aberration,” Martinez told KXAN News later.

 

While growing up in Miami, Martinez claimed that during the first twenty years of his life he never had any interactions with whites. “It wasn’t until I moved to Texas four years ago that I had my initial interaction with white people. I guess you could say that I’m still suffering from cultural shock,” he said.

Martinez addressed white people at the end of his article, writing: “I hate you because you shouldn’t exist. You are both the dominant apparatus on the planet and the void in which all other cultures, upon meeting you, die.”

TSU President Denise M. Trauth condemned the “racist opinion column,” and called its defining premise “abhorrent” and opposed to the university’s values. “While I appreciate that the Star is a forum for students to freely express their opinions, I expect student editors to exercise good judgment in determining the content that they print,” Trauth said, adding that the newspaper’s editors are examining their editorial process.

Martinez remained defiant, claiming that criticisms of his article are racist. “I don’t think my piece is racist at all. I don’t think colored people can be racist, I think racist attitudes come from a position of power,” he told KXAN. The University Star will soon determine whether Martinez may remain on staff. “To save face as a publication, we need to throw someone under the bus and I guess the most appropriate person to throw under the bus is not the editor who allowed this to run but more so the person who wrote this piece, so that would basically end my six month stint at the University Star,” said Martinez.

Print copies of the University Star newspaper are still being distributed. However, the newspaper scrubbed its online version of the offending article. In a statement, the newspaper offered an apology:

“The original intent of the column was to comment on the idea of race and racial identities. We acknowledge that the column could have been clearer in its message and that it has caused hurt within our campus community. We apologize and hope that we can move forward to a place of productive dialogue on ways to bring our community together.”

TSU student body president Connor Clegg said of Martinez, “He said he hates all white people, if that’s not blatant racism I don’t know what is. It’s something that serves to divide the campus community and I find it incredibly offensive that this was allowed to be published.” said Student Body President Connor Clegg. “There’s a way to tell people to be open with their mindset without explicitly writing that you hate them. They can’t hide behind the first amendment when we are all supporting them financially.”

Fox News’s Greg Gutfeld said that Martinez was arrested for unlawful activities during President Donald Trump's inauguration and later tried to crowdfund for legal fees. "In an environment of safe spaces, a college paper in Texas run[s] this savage call for violence," he said.

Here follows a copy of the offending article:

Texas State University University Star November 30, 2017 By Rudy Martinez Opinions Columnist

Your DNA is an Abomination

"Now I am become white, the destroyer of worlds." When I think of all the white people I have ever encountered - whether they've been professors, peers, lovers, friends, police officers, et cetera - there is perhaps only a dozen I would consider "decent".

My colleague, Tafari Robertson, in his brilliant column "Debunking the Myth of White Majority," already exposed whiteness in the United States as a construct used to perpetuate a system of racist power.

This column functions, however, within a different definition of whiteness: to be white in the United States is to be a descendant of those Europeans who chose to abandon their identity in search of something "new" - stolen land. Racial categories - white, black, brown, red, et cetera,- are used to subjugate non-white people. This bending of semantics upholds a white supremacist society.

As someone "white," whether you know it or not regardless of your socioeconomic standing, you benefit from privilege. In Texas, a bizarre state I have now inhabited for four years, I continuously meet individuals that either deny the existence of white privilege or fail to do something productive with it. A lot of you tell me, upon my insistence that whites should have an active role within activist circles, that you "didn't choose to be white."

You were not born white, you became white. You actively remain white. You are estranged from yourself and, in that absence, have been instilled with an allegiance to a country that was never great. One that has continuously attempted to push non-whites into non-existence through crusades that have been defended by the law. In your whiteness you are granted the luxury of not having to think about race daily.

Your heartbeat does not speed up when you get pulled over and find yourself staring at the red-and-blue lights of the fascist foot soldiers we call the police. You don't leave your home wondering if you will ever come back. You don't give a damn. The oppressive world you ahve built, through the exploitation of millions and the waging of barbaric wars against one another, is coming apart at the seams.

Through the current political climate, in which a white supremacist inhabits the White House and those of his ilk would try to prove otherwise, I see white people as an aberration. Through a constant, ideological struggle in which we aim to deconstruct "whiteness" and everything attached to it, we will win. Whiteness will be over because we want it to be.

And when it dies, there will be millions of cultural zombies aimlessly wandering across a vastly changed landscape. Ontologically speaking, white death will mean liberation for all. To you goodhearted liberals, apathetic nihilists and right-wing extremists: accept this death as the first step toward defining yourself as something other than the oppressor.

Until then, remember this: I hate you because you shouldn't exist. You are both the dominant apparatus on the planet and the void in which all other cultures, upon meeting you, die.


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