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August 2, 2013 11

Founder Of White Student Union At Georgia State Has History Of Espousing Extreme Views

A fresh­man stu­dent from Alabama, Patrick Sharp recently founded an infor­mal “White Stu­dent Union” on the cam­pus of Geor­gia State Uni­ver­sity in Atlanta. Accord­ing to news­pa­per reports, Sharp, started the group to cel­e­brate white identity. patrick-sharp

In an inter­view with the Atlanta Jour­nal Con­sti­tu­tion, Sharp argued that as whites inevitably become a minor­ity in the United States, they should not back away from express­ing pride in the white race and white her­itage.  His state­ment echoes the views of a num­ber of Amer­i­can white supremacists. 

Later in the same inter­view, Sharp revealed that his inspi­ra­tion for start­ing the White Stu­dent Union was racist Matthew Heim­bach, who founded the White Stu­dent Union at Tow­son Uni­ver­sity in Mary­land in 2012. Sharp viewed videos of Heim­bach, who has been the sub­ject of media atten­tion. A recent short doc­u­men­tary on Heim­bach cre­ated by the alter­na­tive news ser­vice VICE has almost 300,000 views on YouTube.

Heim­bach is no longer the White Stu­dent Union leader at Tow­son, but runs the Tra­di­tion­al­ist Youth Net­work (TYN) with white suprema­cist Matt Par­rott, the for­mer head of the Indi­ana branch of the white suprema­cist orga­ni­za­tion Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens (CofCC) and the white suprema­cist polit­i­cal party Amer­i­can Free­dom Party (AFP).

Accord­ing to Par­rott, TYN is “the first attempt to adapt the Euro­pean New Right’s ideals to the Amer­i­can con­text for street action, and it already includes an impres­sive selec­tion of America’s most active and respected young street activists and pub­lic advo­cates.” The group appears to be mod­eled after Gen­er­a­tion Iden­ti­taire, the youth move­ment arm of the far-right French polit­i­cal party Bloc Iden­ti­taire, led by Fab­rice Robert. The web­site for the Geor­gia State White Stu­dent Union links to TYN, call­ing it “our sis­ter organization.”

Sharp’s online foot­print indi­cates that he shares the ide­ol­ogy of Par­rott and Heim­bach. Sharp’s Face­book page shows that he “likes” a slew of Euro­pean far-right polit­i­cal par­ties, fig­ures and move­ments includ­ing Fab­rice Robert, Gen­er­a­tion Iden­ti­taire and Job­bik, a vir­u­lently anti-Semitic Hun­gar­ian polit­i­cal party that once called for the cre­ation of a list of Jews in Hun­gary who pose a “national secu­rity risk.” 

Sharp also has also posted extreme com­ments on Face­book. In a post­ing dated Decem­ber 1, 2011, Sharp wrote “I hope more Amer­i­cans, and ESPECIALLY Euro­peans begin to wake up to the threat that is Islam. There is no place for Islam in the West.” In another post dated Feb­ru­ary 8, 2012, Sharp wrote, “The peo­ple car­ry­ing out these pro­grams of White Geno­cide say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-White. Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White!” In addi­tion, Sharp has a pro­file on the web­site of the white suprema­cist pub­li­ca­tion Amer­i­can Renais­sance pub­lished by racist Jared Taylor.

While Sharp is one exam­ple of a col­lege stu­dent inspired by emerg­ing young lead­ers in the white suprema­cist move­ment in the United States such as Matt Par­rott and Matthew Heim­bach, it remains to be seen whether Amer­i­can racists can suc­cess­fully cre­ate an actual  youth move­ment in this coun­try mod­eled after far-right Euro­pean youth movements.

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April 23, 2013 2

Hate App Targets Towson University

Update 8/2/13: A new White Stu­dent Union has formed at Geor­gia State Uni­ver­sity by fresh­man Patrick Sharp.

The increas­ing exploita­tion of easy-to-use soft­ware to cre­ate smart­phone apps by hate groups sig­nals a move into a new realm of dig­i­tal propaganda.

Some hate groups, like the neo-confederate League of the South, have pro­duced apps intended for a gen­eral audi­ence. Oth­ers, how­ever, are devel­op­ing apps with spe­cific pro­pa­ganda tar­gets in mind. For exam­ple, the Tow­son White Stu­dent Union, founded by white suprema­cist Matthew Heim­bach, a stu­dent at Tow­son Uni­ver­sity in Mary­land, has cre­ated an app specif­i­cally tar­get­ing stu­dents at the school.

Like the League of the South’s app, the Tow­son White Stu­dent Union (Tow­son WSU) app is visu­ally crude and tech­ni­cally rudi­men­tary, pri­mar­ily offer­ing a col­lec­tion of links. In the case of the Tow­son WSU app, the links lead to blogs, a group Face­book page, a Twit­ter account for the group’s orga­nizer, a Google search results page, and a YouTube chan­nel for the group.

These Android apps are not avail­able through the autho­rized Google Play web­site. How­ever, as Android apps do not need to be cer­ti­fied for instal­la­tion (unlike iPad/iPod/iPhone apps), they are read­ily avail­able through unof­fi­cial apps dis­tri­b­u­tion websites.

Years ago, tech­no­log­i­cal advances made it easy for hate groups to cre­ate web­sites with­out actu­ally hav­ing sophis­ti­cated com­puter knowl­edge or skills. As the preva­lence of wire­less devices increases and easy-to-use app cre­ation soft­ware pro­lif­er­ates, the pres­ence of this sort of smart­phone and tablet app will undoubt­edly increase.

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September 13, 2012 18

White Supremacist Student Leader Creates Web site for his “White Student Union”

Update 8/2/13: A new White Stu­dent Union has formed at Geor­gia State Uni­ver­sity by fresh­man Patrick Sharp.

Matthew Heim­bach, a Tow­son Uni­ver­sity stu­dent who is try­ing to start a “White Stu­dent Union” on cam­pus, cre­ated a web­site for the union that fur­ther reveals his white suprema­cist beliefs.

On the newly cre­ated site, Heim­bach pro­vides links to what he describes are “pro-white” web­sites.   Almost all of the sites listed, how­ever, are actu­ally openly white suprema­cist, such as those for the Council of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens (CCC), the Amer­i­can Third Posi­tion and Amer­i­can Renais­sance.

The CCC is a direct descen­dant of the white suprema­cist White Cit­i­zens Coun­cils that fought inte­gra­tion in the 1950s and 60s. Amer­i­can Third Posi­tion is a whites-only polit­i­cal party whose mis­sion is “to rep­re­sent the inter­ests of White Amer­i­cans.” Amer­i­can Renais­sance is the racist web­site run by white suprema­cist Jared Tay­lor, who pub­lishes a monthly jour­nal by the same title and hosts an annual con­fer­ence that brings together some of the lead­ing white suprema­cists in the United States.

Heim­bach recently announced that Tay­lor will speak at Tow­son on Octo­ber 2, 2012.

Heim­bach also lists “rec­om­mended read­ings” that include books authored by a vari­ety of well-known white suprema­cists and racists, such as Fran­cis Parker Yockey’s “Imperium,” con­sid­ered one of the essen­tial works of mod­ern white supremacy. One book rec­om­mended by Heim­bach is the novel “Camp of the Saints” by French­man Jean Ras­pail. This racist novel por­trays a France being invaded by non-whites who are depicted as disease-carrying and sex­u­ally aggres­sive. The list also fea­tures two books authored by the late white suprema­cist Sam Fran­cis: “Essen­tial Writ­ings on Race” and “Race and the Amer­i­can Prospect.” In the lat­ter book, Fran­cis bemoans the “absence of racial con­scious­ness among whites.”

Prior to cre­at­ing the Web site, the Tow­son stu­dent news­pa­per, The Tow­erlight, pub­lished a let­ter by Heim­bach advo­cat­ing for a white stu­dent union.   Fly­ers were also placed all over the Tow­son cam­pus that pro­claimed: “love your race, sup­port a white stu­dent union.”

Heim­bach is a for­mer leader of the Youth for West­ern Civ­i­liza­tion chap­ter at Tow­son, a group with racist ties whose motto is “defend­ing the West on campus.”

Heim­bach still needs the approval of the Uni­ver­sity to make the White Stu­dent Union an officially-sanctioned uni­ver­sity group.  His Web site sug­gests that he will set­tle for an unsanc­tioned group if need be.  Either way, he has made clear his inten­tion to impose his white suprema­cist views on Tow­son stu­dents, staff, and faculty.

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