Senior Matthew Heimbach says he wants to "create a safe space" for white students who have had "anti-white language used against them." (Photo: Courtesy of CBS WJZ)
In an attempt to replicate other student unions on campus with a racial focus, a student at Towson University in Maryland wants to create a white student union.
Senior Matthew Heimbach is one of 17 students ready to form a union he says will be, among many things, a support group for the white students on campus.
"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,” Heimbach told the student newspaper. "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."
If the group is allowed to be formed, it will be able to use the student body’s funds for group activities.
The Huffington Post reports:
Heimbach was the president of a campus group called Youth for Western Civilization, which crashed and burned in the previous academic year. The Baltimore Sun noted there was significant controversy when that group held public displays against Islam, same-sex marriage and multicultural education.
YWC is a national right-wing organization with chapters on college campuses. Many members were also involved in other conservative campus groups like Young Americans for Freedom and college Republican chapters. Former U.S. Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) was named honorary chairman, and defended YWC against accusations their group was little more than a national "White Pride" group.
"It's got nothing to do with racism, it's got nothing to do with extremism," Tancredo told Fox News 2009. "It has to do with celebrating the benefits Western civilization has brought to mankind, not the least of which is the concept of law. It's designed to bring attention to the issues, discussions and points of view that aren't readily available in the typical classroom on liberal colleges run by left-wing loonies."
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