CSUCI and VCStar stir up phony campus hate talk story



By George Miller

I saw a sensational, front page article in the Ventura County Star print edition (here’s the online version):

Authorities investigate ‘racist and hateful propaganda’ found at CSU Channel Islands

Therein, they claimed that hate literature had been posted around the Cal State Channel Islands campus. They did not say what it said, but it was from an identity group called Identity Evropa, which pushes white European culture/heritage. An inflammatory video appeared in the online Star article, showing Nazi and KKK flags and referring to racist literature. The placement of the video subtly conflated these organizations with Identity Evropa, which did nothing of the sort on campus. We are calling “fake news” on the Star and urge them to quickly retract or rewrite their article.

So, THIS is the ‘racist and hateful propaganda’ found at CSU Channel Islands

Ethnic affiliation groups aren’t our cup of tea, but if people want to do it and aren’t violating anyone else’s rights, there is little harm. We see Black, Latino and Asian affiliation groups all over the place and not many get upset about it.  There are some right here at CSUCI (see list in this article).

Per the Star:

“The presence of this vile propaganda has illuminated the fears of injustice, intolerance and bigotry that so many of our students and our communities face every day,” Beck said in the email.

An investigation is underway, Beck said, and “when we determine the source of this material, we will prosecute to the fullest extent possible.”

Honestly, after looking at the images (in this article) sent to us by CSUCI, we are really hard-pressed to find anything at all that remotely resembles “racist” or “vile propaganda.” Perhaps our education in political correctness hasn’t progressed sufficiently. Maybe we need to go to re-education camp at one of  CSUCI’s crazy seminars.

To further quote the Star:

Identified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Identity Evropa is focused on the preservation of “white American identity” and promoting white European culture, according to the Anti-Defamation League. “

So, how exactly is preserving ethnic identity and culture hateful? It may depend on how it is done. The only evidence we saw on the Identity Evropa website is that they were opposing the removal of statues of “Civil War” (it was actually a war of secession) figures born 200 years ago. Kind of a rear-guard gesture at best. They also support immigration law enforcement.

What authority has the SPLC in all this? None. They are self appointed, but got a lot of traction in the Obama era and even advised DHS on hate groups. The new administration ousted them. Their work is badly colored by their political views. But they are very well-funded.

The Star wrote that CSUCI President Beck said the stickers were removed by “the police.” Our investigation suggests that it was actually done by faculty and “members of the Community.” On whose orders and on what grounds, we have not been able to ascertain so far.  The Ventura County Sheriff’s office told us that it was all handled internally by CSUCI.

We inquired with CSUCI on this matter. After numerous calls to communications and police desks, we received  a call and email from Ms. Nancy Gill, Director of Communication & Marketing of CSUCI Public Relations. Answers are summarized, not verbatim, in italics):

  1. Specifically what was distributed and what did it say? What specifically was offensive about it? May we have images or samples?  There were two stickers which only had the group”s name and a symbol. There was a poster in the door of a building which contained three statements: “Action, Leadership, Identity.” Images appear in this article.
  2. Where was it found?  Was posting there prohibited to all? Could permission be secured? Where can solicitation literature be posted? What are the rules? Who enforces them and how?  One was near a foot bridge, another on a traffic sign, still another was on a building door- all unauthorized locations for posting.  There are designated places for posting. Permission must be requested and the materials given to the administration for posting. All of this was bypassed.
  3. In this group certified for participation on campus? If not, what are the rules to gain certification? No- this is an external group. Citizens Journal has queried CSUCI on the requirements.
  4. Are there other identity groups on campus? Which ones? If so, why are they permitted, but not this one? A list of other “cultural” groups” from the CSUCI web site appears in this article.
  5. Were any laws broken? Which ones? Who determined that and how? No infractions were cited by Ms, Gill, except “vandalism” damage attributed to the postings.
  6. Were any university rules broken? Which ones? Who determined that and how? We understand that CSUCI believes that posting rules were broken. Campus posting rules were broken.
  7. We understand that it was not the Ventura County Sheriff’s office which removed the literature, but campus police. On whose authority and how was this authorized? No, materials were removed by faculty personnel and “members of the community.”

Contents of  the email from Ms. Gill:

Hello George:
Thank you for your call today.  Below is the information regarding the unauthorized postings found on our campus last week.  I’ve also attached some images that the group took on our campus and posted onto their website.
  • Two stickers and one poster by a group named Identity Evropa were found on our campus last Wednesday, Oct. 4.

  • The incident was reported to our Police Department and the unauthorized postings were removed by members of our Facilities staff and members of our community.

  • The University has a policy that prohibits unauthorized postings on the campus.

  • The circumstances are being investigated by the Police Department as a misdemeanor act of vandalism because of the damage caused by application of the stickers.

CitizensJournal.us thanks Ms. Gill for her prompt, no-nonsense response.

In our phone conversation, Ms. Gill said that a  “Southern California” organization had designated Identity Evropa a “hate group.” We determined that she was actually referring to the “Southern Poverty Law Center,” which has designated multiple reputable Southern California groups as “hate groups” or “anti-government groups.”  When I asked by what authority had they done that or CSUCI accepted it, she said that was totally the doing of the VC Star, not CSUCI.

Just my opinion, but I don’t think that many young white people will be interested in joining this organization, unless people give them cause to. I wish that other ethnicities would forget about their ethnic affiliation groups, too and focus on just being AMERICANS together- that’s even more true for La Raza, BLM, ANTIFA, Aztlan, etc.

As far as SPLC- ha!  It’s an insane hate group of its own, focused mostly on demonizing its political opponents. Yes, there are also some real hate groups, but the numbers of adherents are tiny. SPLC may actually be attracting more attention to them. Better to ignore them and keep them languishing in the margins, attracting away their adherents with better life models. the best way to grow right-wing hate groups is to promote Cultural Marxism, strawman “white Privilege” myths, etc. It’s almost as if SPLC is trying to perpetuate and exaggerate hate groups to justify its existence. Why does it ignore so many left-wing hate groups?

Looking at the background of a couple of Identity Evropa leaders, they seem like disaffected young men and not very powerful. Their group seems more defensive than offensive. They initially responded to our email but would not accept a phone interview. Left wing sites such as SPLC and Wikipedia really did hit jobs on these low-tier young men,

The attack on white people and particularly young white males seems particularly unjustified and virulent in academia, media and politics right now. A more eloquent, sophisticated answer is needed to it than Identity Evropa can provide- ideally a multi-ethnic alliance saying “stop this B******!”




CSUCI President Erika Beck’s memo:

10/12/2017 | 01:05pm EDT

Oct. 12, 2017

Over the past several days, racist and hateful propaganda has surfaced on our campus as it has on hundreds of additional campuses across the country. The presence of this vile propaganda has illuminated the fears of injustice, intolerance and bigotry that so many of our students and our communities face every day.

Our Police Department has removed the flyers and an active investigation is underway. When we determine the source of this material, we will prosecute to the fullest extent possible.

As I have indicated on more than one occasion, our campus unambiguously denounces racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, and hateful ideologies that diminish liberty for us all. Our University was built upon the notion that equity and inclusion are the only pathways to educational excellence and I intend to ensure that we realize that potential.

As a public university, we unequivocally support the democratic right of freedom of expression and will continue to provide opportunities to foster richer and deeper dialogue that models open expression and critical inquiry.

We will, however, not tolerate violence in any form and we will not allow outsiders or outliers to undermine our commitment to inclusive excellence. Our strength lies in our unity and it always will.


Erika D. Beck, President



Editor’s note: Here are images of the offending graphics sent to us by CSUCI:




Here are the Cal State Channel Islands authorized “cultural” groups (from http://ci.orgsync.com/ ):

Results for “Cultural” (Total: 11)

  • Adelante Mujer (Adelante Mujer)

    The primary goal of Adelante Mujer is to unify the diverse Latina students at CSU Channel Islands in the desire to promote academic excellence in our community and the pride that accompanies the knowledge of self. In this, we embrace all those who are interested in promoting the diversity in our cultures and languages. We are founded in the hopes that by the provision of both social and educational opportunities for the CSU Channel Islands community, we shall foster understanding of Latina Heritage. Coinciding with the CSU Channel Islands University Mission statement we strive to continue to place students at the center of their educational experience while encouraging the development of multicultural perspectives.

    • Keywords
    • Adelante Mujer
    • Adelante
    • Latina clubs
    • women clubs
    • mujer
    • culture
    • language.
  • Channel Islands Black Student Union (BSU)

    We are the CSU Channel Islands Black Student Union (BSU). We are committed to community engagement and forming a community for students to engage in African American history and lifestyle. We are dedicated to encouraging the intellectual, political, cultural, and social growth of all Channel Islands students by educating from an African American platform through enriching curricular and co-curricular programs and services. We are motivated to learn, as well as to teach, in hope that we may not only bring awareness but strengthen it. We would like to spark action and serve as conscious, purposeful, change agents in our community as well as ourselves. Through our acquisition of knowledge and intentionally based leadership skills training, the Black Student Union shall serve as a resource to all other groups on campus while being a place of refuge for underrepresented students at Channel Islands

    • Keywords
    • Black Student Union
    • Multicultural
    • Club
    • BSU
    • Cultural
  • CI Cinema Club (CInema Club)

    The purpose of the CI Cinema Club (CICC) is to broaden students’ perspectives on the world’s populace through film. The Cinema Club will not only show a treasure trove of great movies, but will seek out professors, leaders in the community, and other experts to discuss these movies before and after each screening. The Cinema Club will actively promote film culture on campus and the respect it engenders toward people around the world.

    • Keywords
    • film
    • cinema
    • art
    • politics
    • history
    • culture
    • intercultural
    • international
    • multicultural
    • movies
    • acting
    • screening
  • CI Performing Arts Club (Open Mic)

    We host a variety of events, including Open Mic event every week, Thursday 5:30-7:30 PM in the Lighthouse Cafe at the Student Union. Anyone can join and perform anything from music, dance or theater, to speeches or comedy.

    • Keywords
    • CI
    • Open
    • Mic
    • Music
    • Guitar
    • Singing
    • Cajon
    • Art
    • Performance
    • Fun
    • Food
    • Lighthouse
    • Cafe
  • Coalition for Women of Color (Sista Talk)

    The Coalition for Women of Color, also known as “Sista Talk”, aims to assist in the advancement and prosperity for women of color while producing a wealth of friendship and support through Education, Mentorship and Accomplice-ship.

    • Keywords
    • Coalition for Women of Color
    • Sista Talk
    • Women of Color
  • El Club de Español (El Club de Español)

    The purpose of el Club de Español is to provide opportunities for CI students to enrich their understanding and appreciation of the Spanish language and the diverse peoples and cultures of the Hispanic world through a variety of social and cultural activities. In addition, el Club de Español aims to foster contacts with local Spanish-speaking communities through the creation of service projects and field trips.

    • Keywords
    • Spanish
    • Español
    • Club
    • CI
    • El Club de Español
  • I.D.E.A.S. (Improving Dreams Equality, Access and Success) (I.D.E.A.S.)

    We are a student organization which advocates, promotes and brings awareness to our campus regarding undocumented students and other immigrant issues.

    • Keywords
    • Dream Act
    • Dreamers
    • Undocumented Students
    • AB540
    • DACA
    • Immigrant Rights
    • Civil Rights
    • Si se puede
    • Hispanic
    • Lationo/a
    • Chicano/a
    • Asian
    • Filipino/a and other groups. I.D.E.A.S. Improving Dreams Equality and Success
  • Kilusan Pilipino (Kilusan Pilipino)

    Helping to promote Pilipino culture to the Channel Islands campus, Ventura County community, family, and friends. As the sister club to Kilusan Pilipino in Stockton at the University of the Pacific (KP-OP est. 1994), we strive to be more than just another campus organization. KP is FAMILY. Kilusan Pilipino recognizes, welcomes, and thrives on diversity. As a whole, the KP Family consists of students from different ethnicities, cultures, and majors — all that is required to join is a genuine interest in Pilipino culture. We continuously display the talents of our club members, whether it is leadership, acting, dancing, singing, or making each other laugh. Kilusan Pilipino becomes another family for its members, who develop close and personal friendships. Kilusan Pilipino is another home away from home.

    • Keywords
    • cultural
    • filipino
    • philipino
    • pilipino
    • kilusan
    • kp
  • Mariachi CSUCItlan (Mariachi CSUCItlan)

    The purposes of this organization are to make the CSUCI community aware of the history and the performance of the mariachi music genre. In concert with the university’s Ballet Floklorico de CSUCI, we shall display music and dance from various areas of Mexico.

    • Keywords
    • Mariachi
    • Band
    • Music
    • Multicultural
  • Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán (M.E.Ch.A.)(M.E.Ch.A)

    Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán (M.E.Ch.A.) is a student organization that promotes higher education, culture, and history. M.E.Ch.A. was founded on the principles of self-determination for the liberation of indigenous people. We believe that political involvement and education is the avenue for change in our society. Each word in M.E.Ch.A. symbolizes a great concept in terms of “La Causa”. – MOVIMIENTO means that the organization is dedicated to the movement to gain self-determination for our people. – ESTUDIANTIL identifies the organization as a student group for we are part of our Raza’s future. – At the heart of the name is the use of the identity: CHICANA/O. At first seen as a negative word, now taken for a badge of honor. In adopting their new identity, the students committed themselves to return to the barrios, colonias, or campos and together, struggle against the forces that oppress our gente. It represents similar experiences that connect us. – Lastly, the affirmation that we are Indigenous people to this land by placing our movement in AZTLAN, the homeland of all peoples from Anahuak. “M.E.Ch.A. must bring to the mind of every young Chicana and Chicano that the liberation of her/his people from prejudice and oppression is in her/his hands and this responsibility is greater than personal achievement and more meaningful than degrees, especially if they are earned at the expense of her/his identity and cultural integrity. M.E.Ch.A., then, is more than a name; it is a spirit of unity, of sisterhood and brotherhood, and a resolve to undertake a struggle for liberation in society where justice is but a word. M.E.Ch.A. is a means to an end.” (El Plan de Santa Barbara) At CSU Channel Islands, M.E.Ch.A. is dedicated to keeping our cultural traditions and values of brotherhood/sisterhood along with unity through our Dia de Los Muertos Honoring in the Fall semester and our annual Raza Youth Conference in the Spring semester. M.E.Ch.A. is also a key organizer for the CSU Channel Islands newest tradition, Raza Graduation. Everyone is welcome to our events and organization!

    • Keywords
    • M.E.Ch.A.
    • Chicana
    • Chicano
    • Culture
    • Cultura
    • Community
    • Mexica
  • Spectrum (LGBTQIPAA Alliance) (Spectrum)

    The purpose of Spectrum (LGBTQIPAA Alliance) is to encourage acceptance and tolerance within the diverse population of our school by: promoting pride in our community, creating a safe environment for all students of CI and educating the school community. We seek to empower our students and address the concerns of all LGBTQIPA students. Mission Statement: To further the understanding, acceptance, struggles, and achievements of LGBTQ+/MOGAI (marginalized orientations, gender alignments, and intersex) students at CI. Vision Statement: Spectrum becomes a pillar in the campus community in regards to events, activism, and collaboration with administration on education and training’s provided by the campus. We are working towards a future LGBTQ+ Resource Center that houses Spectrum and other students in the community.

    • Keywords
    • gay
    • lesbian
    • bisexual
    • pansexual
    • transgender
    • asexual
    • intersex
    • trans
    • queer
    • genderqueer
    • LGBT
    • LGBTQ
    • LGBTQ+
    • MOGAI

Questions? Please contact Student Organizations and Involvement at (805) 437-3356 or [email protected].


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Stephen Stratton
Stephen Stratton
3 years ago

Clearly you have not read the Identity Evropa website or Twitter account which speaks to their racist ideology. Membership is only allowed if you can prove you are from, as a question on their online application asks “Are you of European, non-Semitic heritage?” https://www.identityevropa.com/apply
They protest immigration in total, and believe all immigration needs to be stopped to protect the white people. https://twitter.com/IdentityEvropa
This group along with others organized and led the violent protest in Charlottesville, Virginia that resulted in rioting and the death of a peaceful protester.
So before you call these vehemently aggressive white supremacists nice disaffected boys, you really need to read up on their propaganda and not pretend what they are doing is simply seeking friendship with other people just like them. Call them what they are, racist, nazi, haters of people who don’t look like themselves.

William Hicks
William Hicks
3 years ago

DIVIDE AND CONQUER……..Most of what I’ve seen as , “acceptable” organizations are based on identity politic’s, particularly on racial grounds, at CSUCI; but not unique to just this campus. This isn’t by chance, but design.

Pitting one group against another is a good way to muddy the issues and never come up with answers to the divisions in what’s left of United States Culture. It’s also a good way to dilute the meaning behind E. Pluribus Unum.

A good answer to this is to dissolve all campus based organizations that have race as their primary component. Otherwise, the United States will just be made up of entrenched racial based ghetto’s; each against the other, with no common thread holding us together.