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Columbia Student Taped Advocating Racist Beliefs Banned From Barnard Campus

According to a statement given to Bwog early Wednesday morning, Barnard College has banned Julian von Abele CC ‘21, the student who went on a racist tirade in front of Butler Library early Sunday morning, from its campus.

In its statement, Barnard affirmed that this decision originates from the fact that several of the individuals of color he harassed were Barnard students. Barnard described receiving several “reports of race-related harassment and discrimination complaints based on his actions, which included targeting students because of their race and following them around Columbia’s campus.” Given Barnard’s commitment to inclusion and championing of inclusion, the statement maintained that banning Julian von Abele was a “direct response” to the incident.

For reference, Barnard’s statement has been included in full at the end of this post.

This news follows several responses issued in wake of the incident, from student groups, administrative offices, and von Abele himself. Columbia’s Black Student Organization (BSO) released its statement regarding the incident Tuesday night, painting von Abele as an individual with a “history of targeting students of color with confrontational behavior while intoxicated.” BSO also pointed towards Columbia’s Core Curriculum, based upon the “ideology of Western imperialism,” as well as last year’s controversial invitation of white supremacists to Columbia’s campus, as partial causes of the incident.

In von Abele’s own statement to the Daily Beast on Tuesday night, he denied being “a white supremacist or racist” or causing any physical or verbal harm to the other students, saying that “at no time did I shove, grab, or physically or verbally assault anyone.” Von Abele’s description of the events, his first public statement since the incident, contradicts witness testimonies and video evidence of the incident released by NowThis.

Indeed, multiple anonymous students involved in the incident have come forward to Bwog, stating that von Abele grabbed one student at the beginning of the confrontation and attempted to do so again later. At around a minute and a half into the video footage provided by NowThis, a student can be heard yelling, “Don’t touch me!” as von Abele appears to attempt to make physical contact. Von Abele additionally claimed that he interacted only with one group of students that night, and that his remarks were part of a conversation with other students beginning “when several students were accusing Trump supporters of encouraging sexual violence.” In contrast, anonymous witnesses have also shared that von Abele in fact initiated these argumentative interactions with three separate groups of students and followed students of color to JJ’s place afterwards.


Statement from Barnard College:

Our students’ safety and well-being is of the utmost concern to the College. Following the incident early Sunday morning on Columbia University’s campus in which a group of mostly black students (many from Barnard) were verbally harassed by a Columbia student advocating racist beliefs, Barnard College has banned the student depicted in the video from our campus.

This decision was in direct response to Barnard students’ reports of race-related harassment and discrimination complaints based on his actions, which included targeting students because of their race and following them around Columbia’s campus. Barnard champions inclusiveness and is committed to ensuring a safe, respectful, and inclusive place for each and every member of our community, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or national origin.

Reporting by Jenny Zhu and Zoe Sottile

Photo via Bwog Archives

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  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I love Barnard.

    1. banBarnardfromColumbia says:

      @banBarnardfromColumbia And

      I love

      Columbia.

      1. banBarnardfromColumbia says:

        @banBarnardfromColumbia .

        (how can i give my comments more than 1 thumbs up?)

        .

        1. Excited for kowome says:

          @Excited for kowome Send out a mass email or text to all your friends in your activist organizations. That’s why top 2 comments have so many upvotes. Sheep stay together.

    2. banBarnardfromColumbia says:

      @banBarnardfromColumbia And

      for the record

      I’m anti-2nd Amendment.

      Only revolvers and bolt-/pump- action should be legal.

      anything that can be modular-ized, opening up for more

      after-market bs is no bueno that means no good in Spanish,

      I’m sure Julian would agree that White men also invented guns.

      and Pres. Jefferson was indeed a champion of the 2nd amendment,

      but let’s make sure there’s a cap on mag capacity and the ability to modular-ize and add after market customizings.

      Make ammo more expensive too.

    3. Explicitext says:

      @Explicitext He’s right. And if someone is so pathetically insecure to feel threatened by the truth? Then they need to grow up. Life is tough, buy a helmet.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous This is the right move. Barnard College will not tolerate hate facts and those who espouse them.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous So facts are racist now?

      1. banBarnardfromColumbia says:

        @banBarnardfromColumbia LOL!

        Only if they’re “hate facts”, as opposed to regular facts.

        1. TheProfessor919 says:

          @TheProfessor919 this is joke right? i mean theyre at a uni, facts are facts. go read a dictionary for the definition. pc culture is making america dumber under the guise of being “tolerant” and the expense of some — funny part is, it is the “progressives” who are so smart, they dont realize they are exhibiting the traits they are so desperately trying to cure.

    2. Concerned Alumna says:

      @Concerned Alumna I’m distinctly in the corner of the students who had to deal with this repugnant fool….
      But did you really just use the term, “hate facts?”

      I… What?

      1. banBarnardfromColumbia says:

        @banBarnardfromColumbia You don’t know “hate facts”, they

        are facts that make you feel sad inside.

        Thus should be banned.

      2. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous Yes. Inflicting aural violence on people of color most definitely qualifies as hate.

        1. Uh says:

          @Uh “Aural violence”? Really?

          1. Anonymous says:

            @Anonymous This is literally the rhetoric that preceded Kristallnacht and you have doubts it’s violence?

            Folks, this is the white supremacy of silent consent.

        2. Anonymous says:

          @Anonymous You are an unbelievably stupid person.

  • Not one thing he said was racist says:

    @Not one thing he said was racist You people are nuts.

    1. banBarnardfromColumbia says:

      @banBarnardfromColumbia Pro-tip to Barnard faculty,

      Teach your students how to argue.

      Second, stop hanging around Columbia!

      Third, stand your ground, if you leave

      then don’t make a big deal out of nothing

      after the fact.

      FREE Julian!!! FREE Speech!!! FREE Columbia (from Barnard)!!!

      1. TheProfessor919 says:

        @TheProfessor919 this

        the world is not a ‘safe space’

        deal with it

        if u dont like what he said, dont get him expelled, youre at a uni, debate him write and article something od that sort, dont be a weakling who runs to mom to spank a sibling for calling u ugly.

        pathetic response to that guy for speaking his mind.

        1. I can't believe I still read these comments says:

          @I can't believe I still read these comments Is the whole weird paragraph formatting an alt-right thing? Or are you both wannabe amateur poets?

  • If he grabbed someone outside of Butler says:

    @If he grabbed someone outside of Butler There would be video…

    1. banBarnardfromColumbia says:

      @banBarnardfromColumbia It

      was

      a

      drunken

      argument !!!

      ARGUE!!! don’t call Mommy and Daddy

      and say you were offended.

      and hurt.

      What are you gonna do after you leave school, and into

      the real world???

  • banBarnardfromColumbia says:

    @banBarnardfromColumbia Columbia should do the same.

    To those Barnard students.

    Yup.

    1. banBarnardfromColumbia says:

      @banBarnardfromColumbia Columbia needs to

      spine up and protect Julian before

      this all gets out of hand.

      This was nothing but a drunken argument.

      Period.

      I’ve seen worst in Broadway’s “Hamilton”!!!

      1. Concerned Alumna says:

        @Concerned Alumna *worse

        1. banBarnardfromColumbia says:

          @banBarnardfromColumbia ===Worst vs. worse are an example of irregular comparative and superlative adjectives. Worse describes something that is of lower quality than something else. It is used to compare two things with each other. Worst describes something that is of the lowest quality of a group of three of more things.===

          I’m not comparing 2, I’m comparing 3 or more, ie. superlative adjective. So I’ve seen worst. ;-)

  • banBarnardfromColumbia says:

    @banBarnardfromColumbia “At around a minute and a half into the video footage provided by NowThis, a student can be heard yelling, “Don’t touch me!” as von Abele appears to attempt to make physical contact.”

    This is so

    Dan Acosta vs. Trump mic grap/slap it isn’t even FUNNY!

    I don’t see Julian touching anyone on camera (that’s not to say he didn’t), but I did see one other student touching his face (right after he says “We built the modern world!”).

    1. fuck you and your says:

      @fuck you and your “hate facts”

      1. banBarnardfromColumbia says:

        @banBarnardfromColumbia You must be from

        Barnard.

        Very intelligent.

  • Loving it says:

    @Loving it HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA Hahahahahahahah I love it

    1. banBarnardfromColumbia says:

      @banBarnardfromColumbia And I have

      FINALS to study for,

      I blame Barnard girls!

      And that’s not “hate facts”!

  • Excited for kowome says:

    @Excited for kowome When the black students lie in court during the federal lawsuit like they did here. Will end up in the federal pen because courts care about facts not feelings.

    1. banBarnardfromColumbia says:

      @banBarnardfromColumbia BSO letter,

      1). assault by Julian

      2). drinking underage by Julian

      3). school security doesn’t know his job

      No assault (except for that student you touched Julian’s face);
      Underage drinking is illegal but I doubt Columbia/Barnard will go on all-out witchhunts anytime soon;
      School security found nothing to arrests/detain Julian for (WHY? because speech is free and this is a free country)

      Start yanking financial aid awards!!!

      1. banBarnardfromColumbia says:

        @banBarnardfromColumbia * who touched Julian’s face

        1. Explicitext says:

          @Explicitext Black fragility

  • Calvin X Hobbes says:

    @Calvin X Hobbes “Columbia Student Taped Advocating Racist Beliefs Banned From Barnard Campus”

    Evidence that the 19th Amendment was a serious mistake.

  • dude says:

    @dude guy was definitely drunk off his shit the whole night, multiple people i know had weird, confrontational run-ins w him during the night where he initiated physical contact.

    1. banBarnardfromColumbia says:

      @banBarnardfromColumbia Why

      didn’t any one

      just beat the crap

      out of him???

      That would’ve been more

      humane than kicking him

      out of 2 schools.

      He’s written and published 2 books in Physics,

      forkrissakes!!!

      Transfer him to CalTech or MIT or Carnegie-Mellon,

      where folks are less

      sensitive and easily offended.

      I heard there’s objectively less “hate” facts there

      too.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous I bought both his books after this. Might buy some more.

        1. banBarnardfromColumbia says:

          @banBarnardfromColumbia If

          I were a co-ed,

          I’d be throwing my undies

          at his face!

          he’s as handsome as he is smart.

          1. banBarnardfromColumbia says:

            @banBarnardfromColumbia Oh, sorry, was that hate speech or hate facts,

            or was it just my opinion,

            thus should be protected under LGBTQ speech.

            let’s called it “Love” speech then.

      2. And chill out says:

        @And chill out He’s not going to get kicked out. Otherwise he’d win a massive lawsuit as Columbia would be applying unequal standards. Think of all the shit SJP has said about Jews and all the nasty things NRT said about cis men and everything can Latina says about whites.

        1. banBarnardfromColumbia says:

          @banBarnardfromColumbia I’m sure President Obama is on the phone with Columbia’s president right now (with Michelle listening on speaker), and he’s

          urging Columbia’s president to kick out Julian,

          I won’t be surprise if Michelle called Barnard herself.

          I’m hoping Trump will tweet in favor of Julian’s right to be right.

  • Julian's on infowars says:

    @Julian's on infowars Not backing down.
    Love this fucking kid!

    1. banBarnardfromColumbia says:

      @banBarnardfromColumbia Another Richard Feynman in the making.

      I

      hope

      he goes

      far.

      Reminds me of a Richard Feynman quote,

      “For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.”

      Yup.

      No room for “hate” facts there.

  • Columbia Normie says:

    @Columbia Normie Here’s my fear.

    There are people at Columbia who sincerely don’t understand what’s wrong with his rhetoric and why he’s getting persecuted for it. They are afraid to voice their own opinions, because if they don’t understand and admit it, they will be immediately ridiculed as racist and publicly humiliated. The only place they can be free to talk is — you guessed it— in alt right environments.

    We all have to be willing to talk, even with people who seem awful.

    1. banBarnardfromColumbia says:

      @banBarnardfromColumbia Exactly!

      Julian wanted to argue.

      If he was so wrong,

      where were the dissenting opinions to his “hate” facts?

      Instead,

      the other party curls up and starts crying and then the next day

      pens a letter of lies to get the student booted out,

      how is that healthy? On campus or out?

      Engage in debate, he was drunk, a drunk Physics student

      out witted you in drunken debate so you want him

      out of Columbia? C’mon.

  • 1968 says:

    @1968 Last time Columbia chucked to the SJWs. Didn’t work out too well for them did it?

    1. banBarnardfromColumbia says:

      @banBarnardfromColumbia Amen.

      Columbia knows whats up… no diggidy no doubt.

  • olderandwiser says:

    @olderandwiser This seems like a futile gesture designed to placate some group or another, without any real meaning. Why not attempt to engage this person in a meaningful, open dialogue when he’s sober? He might surprise you. I honestly feel bad for this kid. While I don’t agree with what he said or did, I don’t see how banning him from Barnard solves anything except to embarrass him.

    1. banBarnardfromColumbia says:

      @banBarnardfromColumbia ===”Why not attempt to engage this person in a meaningful, open dialogue when he’s sober?”===

      If he’s too smart to argue when snookered,

      he’ll be even smarter (smartest?) sober,

      thus he should be kicked out of Columbia.

      That’s liberal logic for ya. And …

      Let’s all just study Humanities and Social Sciences,

      and cry til the cows comes home. and be offended all the time.

      Let’s not actually do Hard Science which require more

      brain power.

      And let’s stop arguing and just agree on “love” facts and do away

      with “hate” facts altogether.

      1. olderandwiser says:

        @olderandwiser Sigh.. back when I was a college student (yes, I’m going there!), I recall several incidents of this type of drunken behavior from students of all walks of life – frat boys; Muslim kids who’d never had alcohol before and couldn’t handle it; student-athletes blowing off steam about opposing teams etc. Much of it was loutish and annoying. However, given that there were no cell phone warriors around in those days, these folks were able to go on with their lives regardless of the embarrassing conduct. Seems like ‘ole Julian here deserves that same chance.

  • Ron McDonald says:

    @Ron McDonald Why doesn’t this article point out there is evidence of him being battered (physically touched against his will) in the actual video at around seconds?

    1. banBarnardfromColumbia says:

      @banBarnardfromColumbia BECAUSE

      that , sir, would be

      actual

      Journalism.

  • banBarnardfromColumbia says:

    @banBarnardfromColumbia In my opinion,

    and this isn’t “hate” facts,

    Columbia women are more beautiful

    than Barnard women.

    You cross that street and you can just

    see it.

    Let’s build a wall on Broadway.

    Build the Wall, build the wall!!!

  • NSBE CS grad says:

    @NSBE CS grad I just read the paper from Columbia’s Black Student Organization (BSO) and it’s pretty ridiculous:
    “Extended finals period for affected students due to the detrimental environment resulting from this incident. ”
    “An increase in funding for Black faculty recruitment initiatives through the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion. ”

    They want an extended finals period because they were distressed over a video that they voluntarily watched? Give me a break. Instead of studying for their finals, they chose to invest their time into willingly releasing information about the student while conduct interviews with the press. Even after the student became expelled by the university, they still demand more. These aren’t students who belong in university, only in a daycare. After all, they insist for everyone to handhold and coddle them. Not to mention that they scapegoat their errors on others and beg for the government to be their foster parent.

    The only skills that they obtain from university is how to use superfluous words to compensate for their lack of intelligence and/or accumulate college debt with their toilet paper degree, later blaming the capitalist white patriarchal boogeyman instead of their bad decisions. It’s unfortunate that a Physicist had to be removed to placate the most useless and unintelligent people out there.

    1. ^This says:

      @^This Based God

    2. Explicitext says:

      @Explicitext What do they expect? When you lower the bar of entry to force the inclusion of less capable students, those students are not going to respond well to anything less than blatant pandering to their every whim. Those students were taught at an early age that they deserve preferential treatment and that anything less is because of their skin color and has nothing to due with their lack of merit.

  • lol says:

    @lol lol @ banbarnard from columbia we know its u julian

    1. NSBE CS grad says:

      @NSBE CS grad The reason why you need to force everyone to believe that you’re valuable is because you fear that you’re worthless. Hence why you demanded the press corps and university faculty to expel the student. Fortunately for you, your fears are correct. Not only are you a useless narcissist to everyone else, you’re a hindrance as you dragged a student down for a few extra days in finals.

      The hilarious part is that those dumb left-wing activists would grant an education to those who commit crime like armed robbery, homicide, and terrorism, yet they would deny an education to a student who said that “white people invented the world” in a drunken rant.

      You frequently defend the lawless and attack the law abiding, and that’s why there’s plenty of opposition towards your stupidity.

      1. Explicitext says:

        @Explicitext The modern amenities that these idiots enjoy were built by white people. The society that enabled these modern amenities to come to fruition?…Built by white people. The irony is that a white person mentions this and they lose their minds and use these amenities to try to destroy the white person…Unreal…

        1. lol says:

          @lol 1) my comment literally had nothing to do with the video and more to do with the fact that @banbarnardfromcolumbia is commenting ridiculous stuff but okay sure
          2) julian hasn’t been expelled yet and quite honestly i don’t think the university has a legal justification to be able to do that, but
          3) i’m white (not that it should matter), and i can obviously see that what he said was racist and eurocentric

  • You know says:

    @You know ANTIFA has been sending him death threats right? Where’s the outrage there? Seems orders of magnitude worse than the nonhateful pro white things this kid said. 🤔

    1. To the people who downvoted this says:

      @To the people who downvoted this People who advocate violence like you best look out. And when it’s time, the silent majority is ready to take some scalps…

  • Alum for the Core says:

    @Alum for the Core The idea that this incident has anything to do with the core is slanderous and stupid. 1) He’s a sophomore and hasn’t gone through the core yet; 2) Richard Spencer videos or whatever crap he’s been watching isn’t part of the core; 3) I and hundreds of my classmates have gone through the core without becoming white supremacist drunkards.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Activists act like politicians, and like all disgusting chitinous politicians (i.e. every politician) they’ll make use of whatever situation is at hand to push forward their next “play”. They’ve wanted the Core amended or abolished for a while now, despite the fact that Toni Morrison was added to the Core—which is amazing, by the way, because it represents a black american female grappling with the traditions of western literature. And 1 out of 20 or so texts is a pretty good representation level of black individuals in the western canon, given how critical all the texts are to modern society and how you have to remove one for every new one you add.

      But if you even hint that a less aggressive posturing might be better, you’re told that you’re a disgusting cis white male who can’t comment on the situation. The same people in the Julian video who feel attacked will then attack and bully others because this they’re “right”. It’s like decorum is just missing from all sides.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous This is a terrible precident. Should Columbia ban all Barnard students that say negative things? This would include all of nrt and every SJW. And I thought we were one University, how can he be banned from one division? Isn’t he entitled to his opinion? Horrible.

  • Calvin X Hobbes says:

    @Calvin X Hobbes Meanwhile, I wonder how the investigation of that anti-Semitic hate crime of decorating the walls outside Professor Midlarsky’s office with red swastikas is going.

    Will the perpetrator be brought to justice? Or has the NYPD decided that (or been persuaded that) it would be just as well to let the elderly, borderline crazy person who obviously did it live out her remaining years in peace?

  • Calvin X Hobbes says:

    @Calvin X Hobbes Seems that nobody is commenting at the several Columbia Spectator articles about this. Weird.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous There haven’t been comments at Spec all semester

      1. Calvin X Hobbes says:

        @Calvin X Hobbes But they still have the comment box under the articles. Very weird.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Contrary to what Mr. von Abele thinks, the modern world was actually invented mostly by black people. Just ask Google.
    QUOTE FROM ISTEVE:

    If you go to Google and type in “American inventors” you get back from Google pictures of the top American inventors of all time.

    The #1 American inventor of all time is Lewis Howard Latimer, who, I just learned, worked with both Edison and Bell.

    Thomas Edison is in 6th place and a well-tanned Alexander Graham Bell in 9th place, with ten black inventors rounding out the top dozen.

    In the second dozen, Samuel Morse is 19th, Eli Whitney 20th, and Ben Franklin 23rd. Everybody else is black.

    The Wright Brothers don’t make the top 50 American inventors, according to Google.

    1. StepheeCee says:

      @StepheeCee So weird,
      February is still two months away!!!

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous February is the OFFICIAL Black History Month.

        All the other months are unofficial Black History Months.

  • Nothing to see here says:

    @Nothing to see here Just more #BlackFragility

  • Remember Columbia activist and pedophile Joel Davis? says:

    @Remember Columbia activist and pedophile Joel Davis? Interesting that so many activists turn out to be such creeps – even at Columbia. I wonder why that is…

    1. Isn't it interesting that says:

      @Isn't it interesting that more outrage has been generated over this compared to the FBI arresting an actual pedophile on campus? Totally warped sense of right and wrong. Maybe he gets a pass because he’s an SJW…

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous Duh. They are driven by a sense of resentment not justice. SJW is a misnomer. Their worldviews are all fucked up. But hey, they have to find a way to use that gender studies degree somehow! Besides haven’t you heard? A few of these nutcases want to relabel pedophilia as a legitimate orientation!

    2. Unbelievable says:

      @Unbelievable It is amazing how so many leftists are defend pedophilia. Some are even drawn to it. You can tell from all the downvotes and censorship regarding these comments. Sickening that these people are so screwed up in the head that they think Julian’s non hateful rhetoric is worse than Joel literally soliciting sex from a child. These are you moral crusaders everyone!

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous I can see that.

        To tell you the truth, I would not be surprised if at least one of these activists turned out to be a pedophile.

        Look at the one who drafted the initial letter about the core. Just creepy how they dress and act.

    3. Pedophiles are drawn to far left causes says:

      @Pedophiles are drawn to far left causes Joel got a pass from the Twitter mob because he was a soldier for the activists’ cause. Thank God the FBI got him. Otherwise, he’d probably be issuing statements alongside BSO and the University Senators.

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