Student develops ‘Alt-right’ group on UW campus

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Emboldened by the rise of President Donald Trump and a national movement united by the belief that whiteness is endangered by diversity, a self-described “alt-right” group was developed by Daniel Dropik, a student at UW-Madison, and he’s recruiting more members.

The “alt-right” movement began in the American Freedom Party, which is a party that represents the interests and issues of White Americans. The American Freedom Party has a chapter in Madison, in which Dropik is a coordinator. reports

After launching the website in the past week and starting to recruit, Dropik said he is getting membership requests but does not know how many.

“Predictably, some students are intolerant towards us, and seem determined to undermine us,” Dropik said in an email. “Other students are skeptical but willing to give us a chance.”

Though the Madison group models the American Freedom Party’s platform, Dropik said the university outreach component is more about supporting students than “obsessing over party orthodoxy.”

“My personal vision, is to empower students to leverage academic freedom and freedom of expression to intellectually challenge the dominance of so called ‘social justice’ ideology which has a power monopoly in Higher Education,” Dropik said in the email. “Students need to be reminded that they don’t have to be ashamed of whiteness, and that they can be producers of knowledge, not just consumers.”

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