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UNC Students Rewrap Campus Newspaper to Shine a Light on Youth for Western Civilization

Daily Tar Heel Prank Rewrapped Newspaper

Last week students at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill covered thousands of issues of the official student newspaper with a lookalike front and back page (check the PDF here). The Daily Tar Heel's issue that day became a "special anti-racist issue," with articles focusing on supremacist group Youth for Western Civilization. The top story? An article about YWC's co-founder Marcus Epstein pleading guilty to a hate crime (we blogged about that little escapade here). Another article details how YWC's local faculty advisor stepped down over the summer, and the back page was filled with articles critiquing white supremacy and liberals' customary milquetoast reactions.

As the activists' communiqué puts it:

Of course, being the lapdog of the administration and the bastion of liberal “tolerance” towards white supremacy, the Daily Tar Heel would never have printed such things on its own. And so, in the long tradition of expropriating the channels of media production, radicals took it upon themselves to assist the Daily Tar Heel in printing the news they refuse to print.

Much earlier in the morning, a large crew of friends and comrades had broken up into small teams and wrapped approximately 3,000 copies of the DTH with their own paper. This action was particularly designed to force YWC’s connections with white supremacist movements out into the open. It also serves as payback to a newspaper that refused to print one single supportive comment about the widely participatory direct actions that occurred against YWC earlier this year, while at the same time running friendly human interest pieces on two of the group’s officers.

The action garnered headlines off-campus, and the editor-in-chief admitted "we got pranked." I have to say, this is a fantastic example of how to do a newspaper rewrap. They have both fact and opinion pieces, resources for people to link up with other radical/anti-racist groups, and took the time and effort to rewrap newspapers on a massive scale. Folks may remember when anarchists rewrapped tens of thousands of issues of USA TODAY across most major U.S. cities the day after last November's election. The Yes Men also got into the act, with a rewrapped New York Times. In all three of these cases great care was taken to make the spoof look as much like the original as possible. Newspaper is cheap to print, and there are lots of radical graphic designers out there. Here's how the folks in Recipes for Disaster recommend doing it:

The most efficient method is three people to a car: one driver, one clean-cut person to go to each machine and exchange the pile of unwrapped papers within for a pile of wrapped ones, and one maniac in the back frantically wrapping away. At the very end of the trip, you can go back to the first box, where you got your first pile of unwrapped papers, and put in the last wrapped ones. [...] Bicyclists are best suited to going driveway to driveway, adding the wraps to individually delivered papers. Playing this role, they can round out the work of the drivers; in some areas, few people use newspaper dispensers, but if the wraps also appear in the front yards of the suburbs it will seem they are everywhere.

Marcus Epstein Karate Chops His Way to Racist Superstardom

Oh, Marcus. Washington Independent:

On July 7, 2007, Marcus Epstein had too much to drink and stumbled onto Georgetown’s scenic, shop-lined M Street, walking in no particular direction. At 7:15 p.m., he bumped into a black woman, called her a “nigger,” and struck her in the head with an open hand. An off-duty Secret Service agent was watching. Epstein “jogged away,” according to the agent’s affidavit, and when Epstein was finally chased down, he “continued to flail his arms while being taken into custody.”

And that wasn't just any strike - the U.S. Attorney's office called it a "karate chop." He's scheduled to be sentenced on July 8 (OnePeople'sProject has a slew of scanned court documents). He was originally charged with a hate crime, but pled it down to assault. SPLC's Hatewatch lays out what Epstein has coming:

He faces a maximum punishment of 180 days in jail and a $1000 fine. He’s under a restraining order to stay away from the couple involved, has agreed to seek mental health treatment, complete an alcohol treatment program, write a letter of apology to the victim and donate $1000 to the United Negro College Fund.

Marcus Epstein, racist karate chopper for Tom Tancredo and Pat Buchanan$1000 to UNCF? That's got to sting. How many times will you have to mow David Duke's lawn to make that back?

So who is Marcus Epstein, anyway? Oh, where to begin...

Dubbed "the man who seems to be vying for the World's Second Darkest White Supremacist" by OnePeople'sProject, Epstein is a frequent writer for far-right outlets like Human Events, The American Conservative, The Washington Examiner, the anti-semitic Taki's Mag, and racist/anti-immigrant sites like VDARE. He's also linked with the founding of the white nationalist Youth for Western Civilization (started by his good friend Kevin DeAnna).

He also does his fair share of legwork for the far right: Epstein founded the Washington DC Robert Taft Club (yes, the Taft of Taft-Hartley infamy) which often features white supremacist speakers, is the executive director of Tom Tancredo's Team America PAC, and runs Pat and Bay Buchanan's The American Cause.

Memorable Epstein quotes:

"Diversity can be good in moderation — if what is being brought in is desirable. Most Americans don't mind a little ethnic food, some Asian math whizzes, or a few Mariachi dancers — as long as these trends do not overwhelm the dominant culture." [source]

"A number of Miami's boosters, including Time Magazine, have dubbed it 'The Capital of Latin America.'

But why are Americans supposed to like this?

Even the Cuban immigrants, still preponderantly white, law-abiding, Republican-voting, affable people are not desirable if they don't assimilate. Perhaps a few Little Havanas are manageable in a huge country, just as many Americans may see a few isolated Chinatowns as an exotic novelty. The problem is when the Little Havanas become Big Havanas and the Chinatowns become Chinacities or even Chinastates." [source]

Looking at a tapestry in Ethiopia:

"It's no Sistine Chapel, but you know what Samuel Johnson said about a Dog walking on it's hind legs." [source]

Here's what Samuel Johnson said: "Sir, a woman's preaching is like a dog's walking on his hind legs. It is not done well; but you are surprised to find it done at all."

Not so tough when not on the interbutts, are you Marcus? When you attack people of color in real life, your internet buddies and Stormfront trolls aren't there to back you up. I'm glad more and more people linked with Youth for Western Civilization are pulling out their fasces for all to see.

UPDATE: I don't know how I missed this; looks like UVA Law un-accepted him. Well, there's always Liberty University Law, right?

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