Wisconsin college student convicted of racially motivated arson wants to start ‘pro-white student club’

A student with racially motivated arson convictions wants to start an alt-right group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison .(Photo by Jeff Miller/UW-Madison)

In a message sent today to the University of Wisconsin-Madison community, Chancellor Rebecca Blank said a student convicted in 2005 of setting fire to two African-American churches now wants to start an “alt-right” campus organization. The 33-year-old student, Daniel L. Dropik, served time in federal prison for his crimes.

The alt-right is a white nationalist movement. In a video pitch for his group, Dropik describes it as “pro white student club” that will combat “anti-white racism” on the Madison campus.

Blank said she was troubled by the request and concerned about student safety.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal:

Dropik was sentenced to five years in federal prison after authorities said he set fires at two churches in predominantly black neighborhoods in Milwaukee and Lansing, Michigan, in April 2005. According to court documents, Dropik set out from his home in Oconomowoc specifically looking for black churches “as racial retaliation” for earlier incidents between him and African-Americans.

Dropik, who also works as a student hourly employee, has handed out slips of paper at UW encouraging students to “fight anti-white racism on campus” by joining a Madison chapter of the white nationalist American Freedom Party, according to The Badger Herald. The flier included the hashtag #UWAltRight, using a common term for the ideology that mixes racism and white nationalism.

I have been reading some of the immediate reactions from Wisconsin. First, people are surprised someone could be admitted to the state flagship campus with a record of racially motivated arson. Secondly, people caution new policies to prevent similar admissions risk penalizing all applicants with criminal records.

In May, the Obama administration urged colleges to consider what and how they ask applicants about their criminal backgrounds so that young people who made mistakes and paid for them are not shut out of higher education.

A guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Education states:

Today, an estimated 70 million Americans have been involved with the criminal justice system. Data show plainly that people of color are more likely to come in contact with the justice system due, in part, to punitive school disciplinary policies that disproportionately impact certain student groups and racial profiling. There is also growing recognition that successful reintegration back into our society for justice-involved individuals benefits those individuals, their families, and our communities. Research also shows that education can be a powerful pathway for justice-involved individuals to transition out of prison back into the classroom or the workforce, and cuts the likelihood of returning to prison within three years by over 40 percent. 2 With this context, it is critical to ensure that gateways to higher education, such as admissions practices, do not disproportionately disadvantage justice-involved individuals who have already served their time.

Here is the letter from the Wisconsin chancellor. What would you do if you were Chancellor Blank?

 January 26, 2017

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22 comments
Chuck-U Schumer
Chuck-U Schumer

Of course, you don't have to go so far away as Wisconsin to find racism or criminality. Take a listen to the top hip-hop songs' lyrics or take a drive through parts of Atlanta they're most popular in.

But then, the real reason for this article is to feed the liberal media's "white racism" narrative.

Lee_CPA2
Lee_CPA2

Go to the Univ of Wisconsin Madison web site and follow the links to the student organization page.  There you will find 961 organizations of which, at least sixty are specific to a minority ethnic group such as Black Student Union, Asian-American Student Union, Filipino Student Union, Indonesian Student Union, the obligatory National Association of Black xxxxxxx (there are five of these), etc, etc, etc.

How many student organizations specifically targeting the white student or to advocate for the white student?  That's right.  Zero, nada, zip.

Let a white student try to establish a student organization specific to the needs of the white students, and the administration immediately goes into attack mode.  We've seen this at other colleges.


Once again, all they have proven is that those who preach "tolerance" are the least tolerant among us.

Lee_CPA2
Lee_CPA2

@DrProudBlackMan @Lee_CPA2

"Uh, uh, uh, Dat's Racissss!"

Once again, I see you are unable to articulate a response to the topic at hand and resort to your usual cries of racism, or calling someone names such as "bigot" and "saltine".

I do enjoy the irony of seeing someone with "proud black" in their moniker calling someone else a bigot.

CarlosSantiago
CarlosSantiago

@Lee_CPA2 Equal rights under the law sounds real nice (in theory), but you KNOW that (in practice) some have to be a little "more equal" than others...

Grob_Hahn
Grob_Hahn

While I don't agree with the guy's philosophy, he did serve his time.  So he should be free to pursue whatever he wants.  If we're going to start sorting groups by "hate" for removal from college campuses in the US, it will have to be universal to be fair.  Groups that openly hate people for being white are racist and should be shut down.  

Also, most black church fires were set by black people.  Only 4 in the last few decades were proven to be set by biased white people.  The rest are inside jobs designed to cash in on insurance or sympathy.  Wake up folks, the KKK can't get 10 people to a rally, they aren't a real threat and haven't been since the 80s and even then they were a minor threat.

truetomyself
truetomyself

Whites have a history of oppressing others based on racial hatred. That's why pro-white groups are viewed as hate groups.  Other races don't have a history of oppressing based on race. 

Grob_Hahn
Grob_Hahn

@truetomyself Is this a version of "blacks can't be racists"?  You know that's a lie right?  Every race on this planet has engaged in slavery, so yes, every race has oppressed others based on race, religion, nationality and gender.  You're spreading more hate toward white people needlessly.

Grob_Hahn
Grob_Hahn

@DrProudBlackMan @Grob_Hahn @truetomyself

History you say?  Like the Moors in Sicily for over 4 centuries enslaving the population?  Name a race that has not held slaves.  Also, if I was called "DrProudWhiteMan" you'd call me a racist wouldn't you?  Of course you would, because you're a racist.

Carol Sheridan Dial
Carol Sheridan Dial

With all due respect: I despise the idea but he is legally allowed to do this unless freedom of speech and association are going to be eliminated under dictator Trump.

BurroughstonBroch
BurroughstonBroch

Had this request been for a Black Lives Matter! or Muslim Brotherhood chapter, it would have been quietly approved without notifying the press. But not at UofW-Madison, the most alt-left campus in our country.

Astropig
Astropig

@BurroughstonBroch


So true.It's just those kinds of double standards that have led to the "us vs.them" dynamic in our public life.I would likely never associate myself with this guy or his beliefs,but he has a right to believe what he believes,even if it is abhorrent to me.Same with BLM or MB adherents.As long as they are peaceful in their attempts to persuade,I'm fine with them.Pass out brochures,hold meetings,marches,rallies,whatever...But when their ethos involves killing law enforcement or physically assaulting their opposition,then they've crossed the line.Same for this guy.

kaelyn
kaelyn

Don't believe the hype, Astro. Most of us in the enlightened crowd KNOW the majority of Americans don't see the world through "us vs. them" smeared glasses. The media (both left and right) push that agenda for ratings while most reasonable people care about the well being of every human being.

As far as this "student" is concerned, perhaps he should enroll in an anthropology class instead of promoting ignorance.

Tom Green
Tom Green

I wonder when the ACLU will be jumping in.