There is no more Indiana University White Student Union. The group had been launched by an IU student with help from Towson University’s Matthew Heimbach. Just like the Towson group, the IU group claimed to be a celebration of European Heritage. However, the Facebook Page (now liberated, more on that in a second) told a much different story. Rather than sharing old cooking recipes from the motherland or celebrating Danish folk dancing, the page exclusively linked to hate groups such as the Council of Conservative Citizens and White Rabbit Radio and our bestest good friend John King.
While still working under the veil of anonymity, this student and a couple of his cohorts were fond of vandalizing the Indiana University campus by tagging “#WhiteGenocide” all over the place. Though the student now claims that his vision for the group was high-jacked by white supremacists, his new found friends are pretty obsessed with a fictional phenomenon they refer to as “White Genocide”. Just not enough to take two minutes to get on the US census website and see that while the “white” population is not growing as fast as other demographic groups, the number of “white” persons in the United States has increased and is projected to continue increasing for at least another ten years. How exactly does a population experience growth and genocide simultaneously?
Twenty-four hours after being made aware of this group’s creation, we at HARM were able to locate the student responsible for this group’s formation. After publishing his identity online, the student made legal threats against us and tried to solicit other white supremacist websites for assistance.
After we posted fliers identifying this student as the source of the student group around campus, he had a change of heart. The following is an excerpt from an online exchange between this student and HARM:
I am going to ask nicely because I seriously wasn’t trying to do anything wrong. I had other admins and all I wanted to do is start a group to do festivals and stuff. I am not racist. I am 1/6 Cherokee and I actually take pride int ath as well. I wanted to start the group because we had no medieval festivals. I know this sounds crazy but i wouldn’t start anything. I hope you can understand and you can do what you want but i want to put this behind me. I mean everyone already thinks I am racist in town now, right? Like I said I don’t want to hurt your cause and I have friends you know I am sure.
Hoosier Anti-Racist Movement:
The ONLY way you and us will ever, ever, EVER be good is this:
You republish your page. You make one of our members an admin. I want to know everything you know about Buhls and what he’s up to. I want his phone number. I want to know if he’s moved in the last 9 months. I want to know about how you and Matt Heimbach met up. Who approached who? I want to know who besides [names redacted] is in your group at IU. I want to know what faculty member you were talking to about sponsoring your union. And I want you to tell me everything that I don’t yet know to ask yet.
If you can do that. We can part ways. Otherwise… you will have a problem with every single one of our members for the rest of your life.
Everyone approached me. I swear to you both Matt and Buhls came to me. I didnt know who matt was at first until i looked him up… I stopped watching the MSM because I was tired of all the lies by everyone. I had no idea who buhls was at first and when I met him at the library to talk him but I didnt feel comfortable with him. he was really rude to a person when I was talking to him. I never went to any professor yet. I was talking to school about it and I made the facebook page to get more members at school to get the 5 you needed. I have deleted everything and I am just now done saving all my pictures. I was going to delete my account because of this. I have been sick for the last year and I really dont need this. I mean I had no intentions to have this blow up into a race thing. I can do what I can for you guys but I don’t know much.
I will try to do whatever i can to put this behind me. I really mean it I have never been a mean person i swear. I mean some of my good friends are gay and everything. I don’t know what to say……. its been a crazy few days.
I said I can do what I can to put this behind me… I will do what I can. I promise
I can see if he sent me any number as well
all buhls sent to me a message it was a email and I have no idea where he currently lives
Just let me know what else i can do please
thank you for giving me this chance to show you I had no bad intentions.
just let me know asap what I can do because I am deleting this account. i have to because of all the mail.
After the student complied with all of our conditions and agreed to continue assisting us we removed his name from our online presence and set out on a brief intelligence gathering campaign that proved to be quite successful. We took control of the IU White Student Union facebook page and posted the following story:
After all the controversy over the last few days, I had planned on deleting this page. However, I just spent all night in the hospital.
While walking down 10th across from Yogi’s a blue van pulled up and four figures poured out of the vehicle. I should have ran right away, but I honeslty thought I was getting arrested by the CIA or something. All of them wore all black clothing and had either ski masks or bandanas covering their faces.
I told them I didn’t want any trouble and tried to walk away. They began circling me followed me into the big field thats across from yogis. I again told them I didn’t want any trouble. And a small young girl, probably in her early 20s was the only one who talked.
What’s up [name redacted]? That’s the only thing they said. I got hit in the head with something from behind. I fell down and told them that was enough. At this point all five of them proceeded to kick me for what felt hours. At some point I passed out. I didn’t think I would ever wake up again.
I was knocked out unconscious when someone leaving Yogi’s came and helped me. They called an ambulance. The police came. I went to the hospital. While being treated for a broken rib and getting four staples in my head, the cops told me there wasn’t anything I could do since they were wearing masks and no one saw them or they’re license plate.
I’m so mad. At myself for getting into this. At these animals for what they did to me. I’m done with racism. I just wanted to run a heritage association and now I’m urinating blood at 6 in the morning. One of the other members of this group was going to walk away with me, but after seeing what happened to me he says he wants to run this page and make a group that’s truly about heritage like we wanted to or else we’re really just letting the commies win. He’s gonna take over this page and will start posting on it tomorrow. Thanks to all of you who egged this on. Your just as bad as they are.
This event never happened. Though we support direct action against white supremacy, we also believe in proportional responses and it is our belief that this fictitious action would have been overkill. We predicted that the white supremacist community would swallow it hook, line, and sinker since the story would fit neatly into their narrative of deranged, vicious Marxists beating anyone they disagreed with bats. We were right.
Within hours we were flooded with interview requests and messages of sympathy. The majority of these people contacted us from real accounts, using their real names, often including addresses and phone numbers as well as identifying the groups they were involved with. Legal assistance was offered. The Council of Conservative Citizens published an article (now removed) about them vicious antifa in Bloomington. White supremacists started arguing among themselves as to whether or not he should have had a gun on campus. Even Matt Parrott came out to offer his sympathies. All this fuss for a scared little college student who was already working with his local antifa to identify those he had called comrades just one day before.
Taking control of the facebook group itself also proved to be informative. We were able to access all messages that the page had sent and received since it’s creation. We then gave the page a redesign and plan to continue running it as a page devoted to combating the spread of these White Student Unions. Though we have no doubt that the student in question has been minimizing his role in making the group explicitly white supremacist, we are confident that he more-or-less acted as the fall guy for older, more organized white supremacists, primarily Thomas Buhls, a recruiter for the KKK Knight’s Party and Towson University White Student Union’s Matthew Heimbach who’ve we already mentioned.
The moral of the story here is clear. Thomas Buhls keeps coming back to this town because, either through ignorance or malice, our local media (especially the Herald Times) has continued to act as his private public relations firm. The fact that Thomas Buhls is a recruiter for the KKK is no secret whatsoever. Anyone can establish this beyond a reasonable doubt with a simple search easily turning up his arrests for distributing klan literature, his successful lawsuit challenging that arrest, not to mention the several articles he has written or have been written about him on kkk.com. Yet the local paper not only gives this man guest columns in which he can spread his sanitized recruitment propaganda, but it allows him to do it under the guise of being a “the lone participant at a Confederate Heritage Rally”. It’s pretty fucked up when you can go to an explicitly white supremacist news outlet like WhiteReference.blogspot.com and their article is less biased than the local ‘liberal’ paper.
White supremacists are like rabid dogs. When you feed them with positive attention, they come back. And because our local mockery-of-journalism gave the KKK the positive attention they wanted, they came back and they found the a young naive conservative kid and turned him into the next battle in the war against racial supremacy. Just like rabid dogs, putting them down is always the most humane approach.
Buhl’s consistently pushed for the student organization to take an adversarial stance against the klan’s enemies: black student unions, the labor movement, and the Bloomington radical community. Though the IU White Student Union disbanded before it could happen, Buhls pushed for the group to protest against Indiana University employees who are currently striking as well as a diversity rally. Buhls still showed up alone but didn’t stick around very long.
Just today, the Indiana Daily Student began giving him editorial space. This time he’s managed to get his foot in the door by leveraging his veteran status. Why is it that both of our local newspapers have given a klan recruiter guest editorial spots and neither has mentioned his affiliation with the KKK? If there’s an explanation other than incompetence or klan sympathy, I’d be interested in hearing it.
Bloomington residents: Let’s stop giving the Herald Times our money. It’s a horrible paper that produces factually-incorrect nonsense when it’s not acting as a propaganda machine for the klan, the cops, or the University.
Students: If we demand that our paper stops giving a voice to the klan, it probably will. If we stop looking the other way when we see shady klan recruiters preying on students, they’ll probably stop.