Columbia student who went viral for white supremacist rant speaks up & swears he's not racist

Claudine Varela
Dec 14, 2018
10:30 A.M.

A statement was released by the Columbia student accused of a white supremacy rant denouncing the idea that his outburst was racist. He insists his views were taken out of context.


The Columbia student who famously ranted about the greatness of White people has spoken up after the backlash that followed his tirade.

"I unequivocally denounce all groups that support racism.”

Source: Facebook/Columbia University Black Stundents Organization

Source: Facebook/Columbia University Black Stundents Organization


Julian von Abele recently came under fire after a video of him ranting about the supremacy of white people went viral. In the clip, he passionately claims white people “are the best thing that ever happened to the world!” and are responsible for a lot of great things.

Screaming at the top of his voice with his arms raised he said,

“Europeans built the modern world.”


“We invented science and industry and you want to tell us to stop because, ‘Oh my God, we’re so bad!’”

“We saved billions of people from starvation, we built modern civilization!”

“We are so amazing.I love myself! I love white people!”

Source: Facebook/Columbia University Black Stundents Organization

Source: Facebook/Columbia University Black Stundents Organization


According to Abele who released a statement to the Daily Beast after he became famous for his remarks, he is not racist. He defends himself by saying he was merely expressing his “distaste for the overuse of the term ‘white privilege’ and similar divisive rhetoric as a means of dismissing views of others.”


The student insists the video was not a representation of his “true beliefs” but was part of a broader debate and series of events that provide important context.”He says,

“I am not a white supremacist or racist nor do I subscribe to any views that support that ideology. I unequivocally denounce all groups that support racism.”

Abele, a Trump supporter, revealed that he was prompted to express his views after some students blamed Trump for encouraging sexual violence. He said he was tired of people blaming all of society’s problems on white men.

The young man also maintains that “every single person should love themselves and love their culture, and we should all be allowed to be proud of our heritage.”

Source: Facebook/Columbia University Black Stundents Organization

Source: Facebook/Columbia University Black Stundents Organization


In the end, he regretted being “overzealous” and voicing out his opinion in what he realized was “not the right venue to discuss the value of identity politics.” However, he did not refute anything he said.

“The rhetoric I used to prove a point sounded as if I feel that whites are better than other races, while really, I was theatrically and sarcastically demonstrating that whites are not allowed to embrace their cultural achievements. The out-of-context video widely circulated was not representative of my general argument that evening, which was not that white men were solely responsible for the scientific accomplishments of the world, but instead that the great things western culture has accomplished throughout history should not be ignored to accommodate identity politics.”

He also said he was in no way physically or verbally abusive to anyone “nor did I denigrate anyone’s race.”

Abele reveals he’s had threats following the incident and apologized for “going over the top.” He also emphasized that his reaction “was not of hate.”



The incident prompted Columbia officials to release a statement denouncing the rant and deeming it “alarming.” They said they would investigate. It’s unclear if the school has imposed disciplinary measures on Abele.

Meanwhile, Columbia’s Black Students’ Organization has spoken up in a Facebook post revealing their plans to take action in response to the incident.



Abele’s views are not new. There are others who’ve come before him who’ve put White people on a pedestal. For instance, a White woman gave the cold treatment to a Black woman who asked if she could sit next to her in a restaurant because she preferred a white person. She even added that she would prefer it if the whole nation was white. The encounter was recorded which is why this unfortunate story came to light.

If only people could see each other as equals with no biases in color, stories like these won't need to be told.

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