CORVALLIS, Ore. – The member of Oregon State University's student government attracting controversy for views he expressed in the university's student newspaper earlier this week is speaking out.
KEZI 9 News reporter Brady Wakayama received an email from 27-year-old Andrew Oswalt Wednesday evening.
In the email, Oswalt said he does not identify as a white supremacist.
"The history of the white peoples would certainly suggest such a thing, as I am a firm believer in the laboratory of reality, but today I am really more of a Jewish supremacist, considering my acknowledgement of the Jewish dominance of media, finance, academia, and most other important institutions in modern life," Oswalt said.
Corvallis police arrested Oswalt on Monday, which was the same day his interview with the campus paper the Daily Barometer was published.
Police arrested him for criminal mischief after they said he and another person placed bumper stickers with a racial slur on two cars in June.
One OSU student KEZI spoke with said he is disappointed to hear that one of his student leaders would have these views.
"It's kind of disheartening, especially being a student of color on a campus,” said Winston Kennedy. “At this day and age it makes you realize that stuff like this is still going on even on a campus where it's supposed to be more liberal thinking. Sometimes stuff like this just slip through the cracks."
OSU officials said they could not comment on Oswalt specifically. However, they said the statements reported in the article do not represent the values of the university.
You can read Oswalt’s entire email below.