A University of Wisconsin student previously convicted for burning down two predominantly black churches is trying to start a white supremacist student club on campus, the Daily News reported.
Daniel Dropik, 33, burned down the churches in 2005, eventually getting convicted of racially motivated arson and damaging church property. No one was injured as a result of his arson.
Now studying computer science at the university’s Madison campus, Dropik was apparently inspired to create a chapter of the American Freedom Party on campus in response to the university’s Black Lives Matter group.
The American Freedom Party’s mission is “to address the concerns and issues of European-Americans,” according to its website. The Southern Poverty Law Center classifies it as a white nationalist extremist group with ties to the Ku Klux Klan and Neo-Nazis.
“We want an America that is recognizable to us, one we can feel comfortable in,” says the American Freedom Party’s website.
Dropik has begun recruiting fellow students by passing out flyers on campus, asking others to “fight anti-white racism,” the Daily News reported.
The school has a policy of not considering a student’s criminal past when reviewing applications, the school chancellor said—a policy it may change in light of Dropik’s behavior.
In the meantime, Dropik has not violated any school rules by informing others about his group, and he argues that creating the white supremacist group is within his rights.
"If white people have problems, they need to be able to organize,” he told the Associated Press.
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