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Catherine Thompson

Catherine Thompson is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. Before joining TPM, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She is a graduate of New York University, where she served as the deputy managing editor of NYU's student newspaper, the Washington Square News. She can be reached at catherine@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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The white freakout over college students grappling with "the problem of whiteness” has just found a new target.

TPM previously reported on an Arizona State University course about "the problem of whiteness" that rose to national attention in January, prompting neo-Nazi types and white supremacists to threaten the professor teaching it.

The course also angered a white nationalist group, which put up flyers in the professor’s neighborhood labeling him as “Anti-White" and protested on campus to demand that the university administration fire him. Now that group, the National Youth Front, has turned its attention to a bulletin board campaign mentioning "white privilege" at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C.

The bulletin board aimed to get passing students to reflect on whether they benefit from white, male, class, Christian, cisgender, heterosexual or able-bodied privilege. Strikingly, news of the bulletin board bubbled up through the conservative blogosphere and made its way to Fox News before it came across the National Youth Front's radar. The group set its sights on the "problem of whiteness" class after conservative media shined a spotlight on it, too.

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Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) tweeted a photo last week of him and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) posing with an American flag-patterned AR-15 rifle in a show of their Second Amendment bona fides.

Unfortunately for Buck, a Washington, D.C. attorney general's office spokesperson told The Hill that it's illegal to possess an AR-15 in the District. The spokesperson told the publication that the matter had been referred to the Metropolitan Police Department.

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