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White Student Union Founder Patrick Sharp Has Made Hateful Remarks In The Past

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Patrick Sharp, the founder of a white student union at Georgia State University in Atlanta, made a series of troubling remarks on a white supremacist website. Sharp's group is still operating unofficially, a school official said. (photo credit: WSB Radio 750 AM)
Patrick Sharp, the founder of a white student union at Georgia State University in Atlanta, made a series of troubling remarks on a white supremacist website. Sharp's group is still operating unofficially, a school official said. (photo credit: WSB Radio 750 AM)

The founder of a white student union at a school in Georgia has a history of hate speech.

Patrick Sharp, the 18-year-old freshman who recently started Georgia State University's unofficial white student union, has made racially charged comments on popular white supremacist website Stormfront.org, which lists him as a "sustaining member."

Using the aliases "frozenpie77" and "sportline," Sharp refers to blacks by epithets such as "niggs" and "darkies" and advocates for re-segregating public schools. In more than one forum on the site -- which has been banned in multiple countries for hateful content -- Sharp recommends that blacks who act aggressively should be beaten up.

He also makes derisive comments about Muslims, Mexicans and Jews, who he argues committed worse crimes than the Holocaust. All of the remarks were made within the past 18 months.

When HuffPost reached out to Sharp for comment, he said: "Looking back, being online in the company of racially insensitive individuals has taught me one very important lesson: how to spot them. My most important goal with the [white student union] is to guard it from hot heads, neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and anyone with nefarious intent. The WSU is no place for bigots of any kind. We're about heritage and identity; two things that everyone else is allowed to be proud of--why can't we?"

Sharp, who is from Birmingham, Ala., added: "As kids, we've all said stupid things -- thank God for the 1st Amendment -- but they're only stupid if we don't learn from them."

Stormfront, which has no shortage of Nazi iconography on display, was founded in 1995 by Don Black, a 60-year-old Alabama native who was once a Grand Wizard in the Ku Klux Klan and learned computer skills while serving time in federal prison for sedition. The site, whose motto is "White Pride World Wide," has hosted discussions about committing violence against racial minorities.

In addition to his comments on Stormfront, Sharp can be seen posing for a photo with editor of white nationalist magazine American Renaissance, Jared Taylor, a figure revered by many white supremacists. The two appear in a video of American Renaissance's annual conference in Nashville, Tenn., which took place in April. The conference, which is attended by geneticists, neo-Nazis, neo-Confederates and white nationalists, among others, features speakers who discuss things like "peaceful ethnic cleansing" and how blacks allegedly have lower IQ's than whites.

Sharp's white student union group is still operating informally; it has not yet sought official approval from university officials. And even if it does, there's no reason to think it will be rejected. Georgia State's vice president of student affairs, Doug Covey, told HuffPost in an email last week that while he had received several complaints about the white student union's formation, all students at the university "enjoy the right to engage in free speech."

At Georgia State University, the student body is 38 percent white and about 35 percent black.

WATCH: Video from the American Renaissance Conference in April outside Nashville, Tenn. Patrick Sharp is pictured in the video posing with American Renaissance magazine editor Jared Taylor, an infamous white nationalist.

James Carter IV contributed to this report.

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