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September 5, 2012 402

Former Youth for Western Civilization Leader Promotes White Student Union at Towson

Matthew Heim­bach

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

Matthew Heim­bach, the for­mer stu­dent leader of the now-defunct chap­ter of Youth for West­ern Civ­i­liza­tion (YWC) at Tow­son Uni­ver­sity in Mary­land, wants to estab­lish a white stu­dent union at the school.

In a Sep­tem­ber 2 let­ter to Towson’s cam­pus news­pa­per, The Tow­erlight, at the start of the school year, Heim­bach claimed that “a White Stu­dent Union would rep­re­sent the unique cul­tural her­itage, folk cus­toms and strong Chris­t­ian tra­di­tions that define white civilization.”

At the end of his let­ter, Heim­bach claimed that the iden­tity of white “folk” has been “tram­pled and attacked for gen­er­a­tions” and that it was time for white stu­dents to “stand up for our rights.”

He then focused on two issues that have become ardent causes for the white suprema­cist move­ment in the United States: alleged geno­cide against whites in South Africa, and alleged anti-white assaults and dis­crim­i­na­tion in the United States.

Heim­bach ended his let­ter with a para­phrase of the “14 words,” the ral­ly­ing cry of white suprema­cists world­wide: “We must secure the exis­tence of our peo­ple and a future for white chil­dren.” Instead, Heim­bach, wrote another 14-word phrase, “We must pro­tect the secu­rity of Euro­peans and a future for the next generation.”

Heim­bach has become more openly white suprema­cist in his views since YWC was dis­banded at Tow­son in March 2012.  At that time, YWC received neg­a­tive media pub­lic­ity when mem­bers of the group chalked “white pride” around the cam­pus. Soon after­wards, the group’s stu­dent advi­sor resigned and YWC lost its stand­ing as an offi­cial stu­dent organization.

In July 2012, Heim­bach attended the national con­fer­ence of the white suprema­cist Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens. A year ear­lier, Heim­bach also attended a con­fer­ence of the League of the South, a neo-Confederate group that wants to pre­serve the South’s “Anglo-Celtic culture.”

In many ways, Heim­bach was the model YWC mem­ber. He founded the YWC chap­ter at Tow­son in Sep­tem­ber 2011 and couched his lan­guage in non-racial terms to gain accep­tance from fel­low stu­dents. This was a strat­egy pro­moted by the national YWC when it began orga­niz­ing stu­dent chap­ters at var­i­ous universities.

YWC has been rel­a­tively inac­tive as a national orga­ni­za­tion since its founder Kevin DeAnna stepped down as pres­i­dent of the group in Feb­ru­ary 2012.

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June 19, 2012 1

Former Congressman Tom Tancredo to Speak at White Supremacist Conference

For­mer Con­gress­man Tom Tan­credo (R-CO) is sched­uled to speak at the national con­fer­ence of the white suprema­cist Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens (CofCC), accord­ing to a recent newslet­ter dis­trib­uted by the group. The con­fer­ence is sched­uled to take place July 6–7, 2012, in Nashville, Ten­nessee. Tancredo’s topic will be “Mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism — the Death of America.”

If this announce­ment is cor­rect, Tan­credo, who is known for his anti-immigrant rhetoric and attacks on mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism, has shown his true col­ors by agree­ing to appear before a group that pro­motes racism and white sep­a­ratism. The CofCC traces its roots directly to the racist, anti-integrationist White Cit­i­zens’ Coun­cils of the 1950s and 1960s. The group exploits hot-button issues such as immi­gra­tion and black-on-white crime to inflame fears about minori­ties and the destruc­tion of white cul­ture in America. 

Among the sched­uled speak­ers at the CofCC con­fer­ence are Don Black who runs Storm­front, the largest and most pop­u­lar white suprema­cist Inter­net forum; Derek Black, Don Black’s son, who runs a radio show with his father on Storm­front, and James Edwards, whose radio show, The Polit­i­cal Cesspool, reg­u­larly fea­tures racists and anti-Semites. 

In the last few years, Tan­credo has become increas­ingly stri­dent in his view that the influx of both legal and undoc­u­mented immi­grants is destroy­ing Amer­i­can cul­ture. At the Con­ser­v­a­tive Polit­i­cal Con­fer­ence (CPAC) in Feb­ru­ary 2011, at a panel titled, “Will Immi­gra­tion Kill the GOP?” Tan­credo alleged that the “cult of mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism” had hurt the United States and the rest of the world, par­tic­u­larly West­ern Europe. He asserted that mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism was “the dag­ger point into the heart of west­ern civilization.”

The CPAC panel was spon­sored by Youth for West­ern Civ­i­liza­tion (YWC), a far-right stu­dent group, which made Tan­credo its hon­orary chair­man. YWC has also decried mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism for “destroy­ing and dis­pos­sess­ing the peo­ple and cul­ture of the West.” The term “West­ern civ­i­liza­tion” has become a euphemism in far-right and racist cir­cles to sig­nify white Euro­pean cul­ture. Dur­ing a Feb­ru­ary 2009 lec­ture at Amer­i­can Uni­ver­sity that YWC orga­nized, Tan­credo sug­gested that “through­out his­tory, peo­ple who are not white Anglo-Saxon have become Amer­i­can by adopt­ing a white Anglo-Saxon culture.”

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March 9, 2012 0

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.

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