New College Magazine: No Whites Allowed
Students at the University of Texas have launched a zine called NWA: No Whites Allowed. But now, the students are trying to wipe all evidence of the zine from social media.
The zine was set to launch on March 1st, 2018 and would be held at a local venue in San Antonio billed as the first vegan restaurant in Texas that also has a full bar and performance space.
No Whites Allowed, AKA NWA
Students at the University have started publishing and distributing their No Whites Allowed magazine at the first of this month. It has been described as:
“A zine for QPOC and by QPOC.”
That’s Queer People Of Color, for those of you who have real jobs and can’t keep up with the alphabet soup.
According to a communications officer at the University of Texas San Antonio, the flyer shown above made itself known on campus on February 15th, and it was “immediately removed” because it was “not approved or authorized.”
Last month I showed my age by complaining that Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas has a stupid name because there was already a Fergie.
Now, I’m insulted that this magazine calls themselves N.W.A. because that’s the name of a famous hip hop group called N***az Wit Attitudes from the late 80s and early 90s. That’s where Dr. Dre and Ice Cube came from! Don’t kids these days know their music history?
This Launch Party Sure Sounds Fun
According to a description of the event:
“[On] Thursday at La Botanica from 8-11pm there will be the NWA Zine release party! This zine specifically features and promotes black and brown lgbtqa creatives. We hope to showcase our talent and create an open space for our voices to be heard.”
The event also mentions that:
“For a very long time, black and brown people, especially those who are queer, have been told that they don’t have a space. That they don’t have a voice or a say. With this we would like to create a space.”
Zines are self-published newsletters usually made on a photocopier and had their hayday in the late 70s with the punk subculture, stretching into the 90s before they were ultimately replaced by messages boards on the internet.
Zines made sense at the time, but anyone printing a zine nowadays clearly wants attention for being retro and underground, even though they’re probably using modern Photoshop and dad’s laser inkjet color printer instead of the tried-and-true method of scissors and late nights at Kinko’s.
Punk is dead. Zines are stupid now that everyone and their dog has access to the internet.
So Are Whites Not Allowed At The Venue?
One student posted on the Facebook event that while “white people are welcome to come to the event,” the “main goal is to celebrate and empower people that society routinely ignores and rejects.”
“Support from white people and heterosexual people is appreciated but is not necessary for the success of this even. Inclusion is not inherently good, and exclusion is not inherently bad.”
Willing to bet you a dime that whites are allowed at the event because they need as many warm bodies paying a cover charge as possible. And I’m betting that whites are allowed to buy an read the magazine, too.
I’m now convinced that these twerps have never cracked open a history book, or have even bothered to ask their grandparents what life was life growing up.
We’ve already had the argument over racial segregation in social situations. Despite their suggestion that all races are allowed at this event, they sound like they wish they could go back to the good ol’ days of Democrats keeping blacks out of white establishments.
Venue: La Botánica
Checking on the website for the venue, La Botánica, there is no mention of the zine launch even though they keep an events calendar.
In years past the mixed vegan restaurant and bar La Botánica has held gay-friendly prom celebrations. Co-owner and chef Rebel Mariposa told the media at the time that the students deserved to celebrate prom, which should be:
“…a celebration that you’ve come this far in the academic world of your life, and a lot of kids, especially those in the LGBTQIA community and those of color, have a harder time of graduating and getting to those points in life and in school.”
In other words, it’s a fertile spot for an anti-white zine to launch.
Event Wiped From Social Media
The Facebook event for the launch has been deleted:
I used an image search to look for more information from the events, including a better quality image of their poster. One website, Carpe Diem San Antonio lists events from all over the city. The website doesn’t appear to be political one way or the other, since the events listed include yoga, exhibitions at the art museum, a Harry Potter themed Purim celebration, $4.00 mimosas, the stations of the cross at a Maronite Church, and a ladies-only handgun clinic.
This link shows that the zine release was once advertised on the site, but it has since been pulled down.
With so many different sites shutting down any mention of “No Whites Allowed,” it’s likely that the group itself took down all of the materials.
Gee, who would’ve thought their idea sucked?
Sources: Carpe Diem, Campus Reform, Wikipedia, The Rivard Report