A Towson University student is calling for the formation of a White Student Union on campus. In his words, the group “would represent the unique cultural heritage, folk customs, and strong Christian traditions that define white civilization.”
Matthew Heimbach first proposed the organization in a letter to the editor published earlier this month in The Towerlight, Towson’s student newspaper. A follow-up news report– which has triggered more than 300 online comments– confirmed Heimbach has met with the school’s Student Government Association adviser about getting it officially accepted.
He says close to 20 students have formally expressed an interest in joining. The goal is to receive university funding and permission to use university space for club activities.
“You have a Black Student Union who promotes black heroes, we want to do the same thing,” Heimbach said to the Towerlight. “We’d also want to create a safe space for members who have filed hate/bias reports and who have had anti-white language used against them. Especially the female members who have heard ‘cracker’ and ‘honkie,’ and nothing has ever come of it. It’s a support network for a campus that is hostile toward white students.”
Heimbach previously earned pockets of notoriety for his leadership of a student organization called Youth for Western Civilization (YWC). The national group is “focused on countering radical multiculturalism, socialism and mass immigration.”
According to The Baltimore Sun, the short-lived Towson YWC chapter “sparked controversy with its public displays against Islam, same-sex marriage, and multicultural education.” The CBS News Baltimore affiliate WJZ-13 additionally confirmed, “The group gained negative attention after messages of white pride were written in chalk across campus.”
In its wake, concerns swirl around Heimbach’s latest venture. Longtime Towson communications professor Richard Vatz, who resigned last semester as the YWC’s faculty adviser, told WJZ, “When you have a group that calls themselves the White Student Union, their only purpose is generally hostility towards those who are non-white.”
Separately, Towson’s assistant vice president of student affairs for diversity Victor Collins shared with the Towerlight, “I have no objection to students creating an organization if they follow the procedure. However, I don’t think they should have their own space or office on campus because it would promote the idea that white students have the same experience on campus as African American students and LGBT students, and that’s just not true.”
Regardless, Heimbach appears resolute in his efforts. “White students share a bond that is far deeper than skin color; the identity of the folk may have been trampled and attacked for generations but it is time to reestablish ourselves as a people and stand up for our rights,” he wrote in his letter to the editor. “We must protect the security of Europeans and a future for the next generation.”
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