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Controversy Over White Student Union

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A controversy is brewing on a college campus in Georgia over a club for white students. The founder says the organization is not racist.

"First and foremost, it's promotion of a sense of white identity," says Patrick Sharp.

The words are surprising, even a little shocking: A white student union on the Georgia State campus. The fliers are going up on downtown streets, announcing the controversial new student club. Freshman Patrick Sharp is the person behind it.

"Well, we're not a hate organization; we're not a supremacist organization. All we recognize is we're a distinct group of people who have every right to organize," says Sharp.

Georgia State is one of the nation's most diverse colleges. A point the school is proud of, and that, sharp says, is the reasoning for his organization.

"Are black student unions racist? Are Latino student unions racist? There's really nothing about our union different than them," he argues.

But the fliers have already caused anger and confusion on campus.

"I'm concerned they're going to be ignorant. I think it's ignorant the way they're introducing this," says a student.

"My counter-argument has always been everywhere is a white union," says another student.

Sharp says the group is open to anyone, and he hopes to get recognition as an official campus student organization.

"It's mainly just about white students coming together and working together," Sharp says.

"That's weird. I think it's weird," says a student.

"A lot of people will be offended by it for sure," predicts another.

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