White Student Union
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|White Student Union|
|Motto||"Not Racist, not violent, just no longer silent"|
|Type||Youth activist group|
|Purpose/focus||To advocate for European-American Civil Rights|
|Region served||Towson University|
|Affiliations||American Right Wing|
The White Student Union (WSU) is an unaffiliated organization founded in Towson, Maryland by Matthew Heimbach, who is a former member of Youth for Western Civilization and current supporter of right-wing organizations. The group advocates for what it sees as the interests of white Americans, and openly supports far-right European political parties. It has been listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The organization rejects this label stating in a blog post that "We do not hate any other race and we do not wish anyone harm"
The group's existence has caused a series of nationally reported controversies and accusations of promoting racial bigotry and white supremacy. It has invited self-described "racial realist" Jared Taylor to speak at one of its meetings, which attracted an attendance of nearly 250. Heimbach said he started the group because of "a culture of crime where primarily it's nonwhites doing it to white students and we perpetually have to live in a system of victimhood." He also said "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."
The White Student Union has been seeking official recognition by the college, arguing that the college needs to officially recognize the group in order to show that it does not discriminate against white students.The Towson University Involved at TU page lists the organization as "Prospective." A change.org petition was circulated urging the campus not to recognize a "whites only" group. The organization noted in a press release that the Change.Org petition was based on the false assumption that the WSU would be a "whites only" group. The WSU states in the About the WSU section of their website that "The organization invites people of all races, colors, and creeds to join together to celebrate European culture!" Heimbach has said that at least 17 students had expressed interest in joining the group as of September 7, 2012. Towson University itself is 68 percent white and 13 percent black.
The WSU has received national attention for participating in community watch programs to raise awareness about violent crime that is primarily directed at the majority white student body. WSU President Matthew Heimbach said about the patrols that "The goal is not to go out and intimidate, the goal is not to go out and prove something, the goal is just to be an extra set of eyes and ears for the [Towson] community at large." Organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League condemned these patrols as being racially motivated. The Southern Poverty Law Center said that the patrols were "a fairly obvious allusion, it appears, to the terroristic role of the Ku Klux Klan during Reconstruction."
The White Student Union has hosted a series of lectures and speakers on campus. President Matthew Heimbach stated that "The WSU, unlike Towson University, believes in intellectual freedom and will host lectures and speakers that are banned by the Liberal Establishment." American military veteran and former Presidential candidate Merlin Miller spoke at the WSU. "Mr. Miller spoke to students, faculty, and supporters about the future of America, the role of foreign influence in our media, and the steps we can take to stop the demographic suicide of the Occident. Mr. Miller’s experiences in the military and Hollywood helped expose to Mr. Miller the vast and various issues in our society."
A 1990 article in the Chronicle of Higher Education mentions a number of white student unions created at the time to oppose racial integration and affirmative action; two of the unions obtained official recognition from their colleges.
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