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We live in a time where many people are worried about racism. All over the world racism, and how to combat it, has become a topic of hot debate. Here in the United States the topic of racism usually revolves around how African Americans are treated, both now and in the past. One student from the University of Wisconsin Madison, however, decided that he wanted to flip the script on that conversation.

That student, Dropik, started a chapter of the American Freedom party at his university. The American Freedom Party is a party of white nationalists. Dropik believed that there was a feeling of anti-white racism on campus. So, he created a website and fliers to give to other students to combat this.

It later came out that Dropik had pleaded guilty to two racially motivated arsons in the past. This revelation not only hurt Dropiks party, but even more importantly it put Dropiks integrity into question.

Per McFall integrity is all about coherence. One important facet of this is consistency amongst our beliefs. If someone is not consistent with their beliefs, then how can we know if they believe in anything at all? If Dropik believed that whites were being mistreated at his university, then wanting better treatment is reasonable. But Dropiks past actions shows that he apparently does not think that equal treatment should be applied to African Americans. This shows an inconsistency in not only in his beliefs, but also in his actions. As he went so far has to physically harm other people just because of their race. How then can he expect anyone else to share in his beliefs and join his group.

Dropik failed to show that he had any consistency with either his words or actions. Not only that, but his beliefs themselves were not principles everyone should stand for. All this shows that Dropik did in fact not have any integrity. And when someone has no integrity no one will follow them, as Dropik soon found out.


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