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Controversial Student Group Covers Campus with Racist Message

Matthew Heim­bach, YWC leader at Towson
The Tow­son Uni­ver­sity chap­ter of Youth for West­ern Civ­i­liza­tion (YWC), a con­tro­ver­sial, far-right nation­wide stu­dent orga­ni­za­tion, has claimed respon­si­bil­ity for chalk­ing the racist mes­sage, “white pride” all over the cam­pus. Stu­dents at the school in Mary­land often use chalk to write mes­sages or adver­tise events on cam­pus sidewalks.
The term “white pride” orig­i­nated from and is com­monly used by white suprema­cist groups, includ­ing neo-Nazis and racist skin­heads.  The leader of the YWC at Tow­son, Matthew Heim­bach, asserted that the group wrote the mes­sage because it wanted to cel­e­brate its own pride and her­itage, as other groups on cam­pus do.
As a nation­wide group the YWC claims that its chap­ters are open to peo­ple of all back­grounds. How­ever, YWC’s pro­mo­tion of white pride at Tow­son belie that con­tention. This is not the first time the group has pro­moted white suprema­cist ideals. In the spring of 2011, the nation­wide YWC did a joint fund-raising cam­paign with well-known white suprema­cist Jared Tay­lor.
When Heim­bach addressed a meet­ing held by the school to deal with the racial ten­sion that the “white pride” mes­sages engen­dered, he report­edly wore a T-shirt with a Con­fed­er­ate flag in the front, fur­ther inflam­ing the sit­u­a­tion. The Con­fed­er­ate flag is a racially charged sym­bol of hatred and slav­ery that is offen­sive to many people.