Julian von Abele: 'I Believe That Every Single Person Should Love Themselves And Love Their Culture...'

Chris Menahan
Dec. 12, 2018

Columbia University sophomore Julian von Abele, whose late-night drunken rant praising white people went viral earlier this week, released a statement on Tuesday saying he never "denigrated anyone's race" and he believes "that every single person should love themselves and love their culture, and we should all be allowed to be proud of our heritage."

Both CNN and The Daily Beast refused to run his statement in full and insisted on interjecting their own slanted commentary.

As CNN reported on Tuesday, "When initially reached for comment, von Abele told CNN he would provide a statement but only if the network agreed, before seeing it, to run it in its entirely. CNN declined to do so."

Nonetheless, The Daily Beast ended up running what appears to be a good amount of his statement:
Julian von Abele, a sophomore studying physics, claimed in a statement provided to The Daily Beast that the stunning video “does not show my true beliefs” and that his rant was actually “part of a broader debate and series of events that provide important context.”

“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,” he explained. “My reaction that evening grew out of my distaste for the overuse of the term ‘white privilege’ and similar divisive rhetoric as a means of dismissing views of others.”

[...]According to von Abele, his videotaped tirade was simply a plea for all races and cultures to openly appreciate their people’s accomplishments. “I believe that every single person should love themselves and love their culture, and we should all be allowed to be proud of our heritage,” he said. “As such, I would like to have my views be fairly considered in the public discourse, and not dismissed solely due to my race and gender.”

[...]In his statement, von Abele claimed that the heated exchange began “when several students were accusing Trump supporters of encouraging sexual violence.”

According to the sophomore, “I explained that I am a Trump supporter and I do not in any way encourage violence, sexual or otherwise. A large group of students gathered around me and told me that I had no right to share my views on women as I’m a white male with ‘white privilege.’”

And so, von Abele added, he became irate as he was “offended” for what he perceived as “being held personally responsible for the historical actions” of all white people. Furthermore, he said, “I was tired of the divisive rhetoric that blames all the ills of society on white men.”

In the video, von Abele’s fellow students can be seen getting upset by his remarks, calling him a “degenerate” and giving him middle finger while simultaneously egging him on to “say it one more time.”
They left out that one student said she wants to "kick him" repeatedly and another student appeared to assault him by shoving her finger in his face.

Ultimately, von Abele admitted in his statement, “I regret that I subsequently engaged in an exchange that was admittedly overzealous and was not the right venue to discuss the value of identity politics.”

But the student does not repudiate anything he actually said.

Instead, von Abele mainly took issue with his views being represented by an “out-of-context” video.

“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,” he wrote. “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.”

[...]On Tuesday, von Abele defended his conduct as nonviolent. “At no time did I shove, grab, or physically or verbally assault anyone, nor did I denigrate anyone’s race.” He added, “Since this event, I have received credible threats to my safety, I have been harassed, and my personal information has been released.”

He did, however, apologize at the very end of his statement.

“I apologize for going over the top, and I emphasize that my reaction was not one of hate.”
According to CNN, von Abele's statement also said, "I am not afraid to challenge the use of the term 'white privilege,' and labeling that view as racism creates divisiveness and stifles free thought and expression."

You can see from von Abele's YouTube he appears to be a boy genius (this video is from 2013):

He also wrote a book on quantum physics in 2015 titled, "Physics Reforged: The New Theory of Parallel Universes, Hidden Dimensions, and the Fringes of Reality" and another in 2017 titled, "Time and the Multiverse: Selected Writings on Novel Physical Theories," which right-leaning folks have been buying just to support him.

As of Tuesday morning, his books were ranked 2 and 4 in the best sellers list for quantum theory on Amazon.

As I reported Tuesday, CNN regular Tim Wise in a since-deleted tweet called for von Abele to be completely and utterly destroyed.

"Time to wreck this little shit," Wise wrote. "The irony of his rant is that once we make his ass famous for this, he will never accomplish anything, his white male-ness notwithstanding...Columbia should expel him. His future should be bleak...Good luck Chip..."

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