Towson University Student Group’s Messages Spark Debate over Racism

Erik Maza, Baltimore Sun, March 9, 2012

A student group at Towson University has again drawn criticism from other students who claim it is racist. But school administrators say they won’t be taking any action against the group.

On Saturday night, members of Youth for Western Civilization chalked messages that included the words “White Pride” at several locations on campus, including the Student Union and Freedom Square, said its president, Matthew Heimbach. When discovered Monday, the messages angered other students.

“As a black student, those words scared and concerned me,” said Kenan Herbert, a 24-year-old senior and president of the Black Student Union. “A lot of other students and I feel unsafe with this organization being on campus.”

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The debate culminated Thursday with a meeting, attended by about 400 students, where Youth for Western Civilization and concerns about racism at the school were discussed, said Teri Hall, associate vice president of campus life.

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Youth for Western Civilization faces no punishment because it has not violated any school rules.

“They are within their First Amendment rights,” Hall said.

The Towson chapter of Youth for Western Civilization is part of a national group that was formed at American University in 2008 and has since slowly spread to about 15 campuses, according to Kevin DeAnna, the president of the national organization.

The national group’s politics have alarmed civil rights organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League, which have been monitoring the group for several years. While not explicitly racist, the group’s language demonizes minorities, gays and lesbians, and non-Christian religious groups, said Marilyn Mayo, who studies extremist groups for the Anti-Defamation League.

“What they’re talking about is preserving white culture when we live in a diverse, multicultural society,” she said.

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Heimbach, a 20-year-old junior, said the group is only promoting traditional conservative values and is not racist. He said he’s advocating pride in his culture, not “white power.”

“White pride is no different than gay pride or black pride,” he said. “I’m not trying to put anyone down. We want to celebrate our unique culture, and we encourage every other group to do the same.”

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  • Hirschibold

     “As a black student, those words scared and concerned me,” said Kenan
    Herbert, a 24-year-old senior and president of the Black Student Union.
    “A lot of other students and I feel unsafe with this organization being
    on campus.”

    If that scares you Ms. Herbert, imagine how an elderly white woman might feel walking to a polling place where Black Panthers brandish night-sticks.

    • MissBonnie123

      You are absolutely correct, Hirschibold!

  • StivD

    Blacks sure do know how to make certain weak-minded whites feel sorry for them. All the young black men are just so scared and fragile. Now, idiot do-gooder whites will continue to flock to their aid. All he had to express was this phony fear and it will get him and other blacks all the empty-headed sympathy they can find.

  • This is what politically correct people don’t get.  They’ve been so conditioned to think that white pride is akin to burning crosses at Klan meetings. And yet black pride, gay pride, hispanic pride, Asian pride, these are all okay. People should be proud of their heritage. They should be able to honor their ancestors. For European Americans not to be allowed to do so is wrong. As we move closer to becoming a minority in our country, more and more white folk will see the unfairness of this system. They will break out of the politically correct shackles, and they will discover the legitimacy of white pride.  I only hope I won’t be so old and senile by then, that I won’t be able to appreciate it.

    Q.

  • The black whiners at this meeting at Towson remind me of the similar black whiners at Mizzou whose feelings were hurt and whose psyches were traumatized by cotton balls lying in the middle of the sidewalk leading to the entrance to the campus black student center.  “We beez so tough.”  Sure, when cotton balls get your goat.

    • razorrare

      Cotton balls shouldnt get their(blacks) goat since it was the hardscrabble life of rural White Americans,many of them descendants of White slaves who did the cultivating and picked the cotton..commonly known as sharecroppers who have been made a subject of comedy,scorn,dismissal and denial.In electronic and printed media they are gleefully called “rednecks,crackers” and White “trash.”

  • holyflower

    Marilyn Mayo of the Anti-Defamation League: “What they’re [Youth for Western Civilization are] talking about is preserving white culture when we live in a diverse, multicultural society.”

    ====

    That’s why the public schools are such an asset to groups like the ADL and SPLC.  No institution in American society is more efficient at erasing white culture, intelligence and history than the government school systems.  Perhaps a quotation by famed NYU education historian Diane Ravitch captured this reality most succinctly in her 2003 best-seller THE LANGUAGE POLICE. Below she comments on the comically elaborate “bias and sensitivity” guidelines major textbook publishers must use to screen their textbooks if they are to have any hope of multi-million-dollar sales to state K-12 systems:

    The MH [McGraw-Hill] guidelines express barely concealed rage against people of European ancestry. They deride European Americans for exploiting slaves, migrant workers, and factory labor; they excoriate the land rapacity of the pioneers and mock their so-called courage in fighting Native Americans: ‘Bigots and Bigotry,’ say the guidelines, referring to European Americans, ‘must be identified and discussed.’ European Americans, the guidelines suggest, were uniquely responsible for bigotry and exploitation in all human history . . . (p. 44)

    If people engaged in “preserving white culture” is makes the ADL anxious, it should set its troubled minds at ease.  90 percent of American youngsters are attending these indoctrination centers.  That will  not change anytime soon.
     

  • “What they’re talking about is preserving white culture when we live in a diverse, multicultural society,” she said.
    _____________

    Well, there you have it, the PC Nazi’s don’t think whites should be entitled to any “culture”. The ironies and hypocrisy’s are astounding in this article.

  • Afrikanerhart1

    As a black student, those words scared and concerned me,” said Kenan Herbert, a 24-year-old senior and president of the Black Student Union. “A lot of other students and I feel unsafe with this organization being on campus

    Oh grow the heck up!

    But in all honestly, I seriously doubt this young man is in the least intimidated by something so inocuous as that.  Like many such examples it is no doubt “feigned outrage”, an act put on to make a political point.

    • They are not intimidated in the least. They have come to learn that faux indignation grabs the attention of the SPLC and other self-proclaimed arbiters of diversity. They are using being “intimidated” as a mechanism to push their anti-white agenda and hatred.

  • bluffcreek1967

    In this politically correct climate, I’m actually surprised that members of this group were allowed to speak and didn’t receive any discipline by school administrators! Hall even said the group was within their First Amendment rights – shocking to say the least!

    Also, Marilyn Mayo was concerned because Youth for Western Civilization talks about preserving White culture. Does she have the same concerns when she hears the speeches of La Raza leaders? Is she alarmed when she hears Black leaders talk of preserving Black identity and culture? Of course not! It is only when Whites express a desire to preserve their race and uniqueness that she becomes alarmed.

  • “What they’re talking about is preserving white culture when we live in a diverse, multicultural society,” she said.

    It does not get any clearer than that. The multi-cults and diversity pimps do not believe we should be allowed to preserve our White culture, as hordes of invading browns are celebrated at every turn. When will White America awaken and admit that multiculturalism and diversity is euphemism for the annihilation of White civilization.

  • IstvanIN

    Except for decendents of slaves and Indians veryone else came here of their own free will and therefore there concerns should be of no concern.  Go home and be comfortable among your own Hispanic, Oriental, African or Indu countrymen and leave my people alone.

  • The Black Student Union might want to take some pride in the fact that almost everything on that campus, from its architecture to the computers they use, is the result of white innovation. 

  • curri

    Saying you like to live in a “bubble” is the new way of questioning the wisdom of desegregation:
    http://econlog.econlib.org/archives/2012/03/my_beautiful_bu.html 
    “Unlike many readers of Coming Apart, you don’t have to convince me that I live in a Bubble.  I’ve known it for decades.  In fact, I think my 3-out-of-20 score on the “How Thick Is Your Bubble?” quiz greatly overstates my integration into American society.  I live in a Bubble Within a Bubble. ”
    (…)
    ” Unlike most American elites, I don’t feel the least bit bad about living in a Bubble.  I share none of their egalitarian or nationalist scruples.”
    (…)
    “Why put so much distance between myself and the outside world?  Because despite my legendary optimism, I find my society unacceptable.  It is dreary, insipid, ugly, boring, wrong, and wicked.  Trying to reform it is largely futile; as the Smiths tell us, “The world won’t listen.”  Instead, I pursue the strategy that actually works: Making my small corner of the world beautiful in my eyes.  If you ever meet my children or see my office, you’ll know what I mean.”(…)

  • JJ

    Most white “p’fessers” and adult progressives still remember those WONDERFUL days when all the boys and girls held hands, sang Kum-Ba-Ya and marched against Southern white racism.  I mean, man, that was IT!  Nothing since has sent a shiver through their thin, pencil-neck geek bodies like that!  Life has been a big downer since.

    So this type of thing is just perfect to get the old nostalgia going.  It’s just WONDERFUL to get to stand up for the oppressed black man once again. 

    “Matilda, where are my old bullhorn and love beads?”

    Sigh.  “They’re in the attic dear.  Look in the box labeled 1965.”

  • This is exactly what’s going on. These groups are terrified Whites will awaken from their racial passivism and appeasement mode, to realize we have been hoodwinked for the past 50 years into giving away the store to these hate mongers. They are horrified at the thought Whites will solidify and put a stop to this “cold war” being propagated against us, under the banner of multiculturalism and diversity.

    This is also why these leftist groups (as well as black groups/leaders) encourage the third world brown illegal invasion of our country. They are trying to hold Whites at bay long enough until we become a helpless fragmented minority, unable to defend ourselves against the anti-White hatred they have for us. It started in 1965 with the Immigration Reform Act and it continues to this day with reckless legal immigration and criminal illegal immigration; all designed to reduce Whites to a minority status in our own country.

  • MissBonnie123

    “What they’re talking about is preserving white culture when we live in a diverse, multicultural society,” she(Marilyn Mayo) said.

    So what? We Whites have the right to preserve our culture. I don’t remember assenting to multiracialism, which leads to multiculturalism. I don’t want mass diversity in America because it ALWAYS leads to conflict and discrimination against Whites.

    This multiculturalism is just a way to destroy White civilization and we have EVERY right to fight against that.

    Go Youth for Western Civilization!!

  • MrGJG

    “As a black student, those words scared and concerned me,” said Kenan
    Herbert, a 24-year-old senior and president of the Black Student Union. ”

    The irony and lack of self-awareness is stunning. We have been so thoroughly brainwashed that the above statement by Mr. Herbert doesn’t even register, let alone outrage. 

  • Afrikanerhart1
  • fuzzypook

    I feel for these brave young people of the “Youth for Western Civilization.” Will they  be able to get jobs when they graduate? I’m afraid they will be seen as pariahs in the business world. Any organization will be afraid to hire them. Even should they be considered for a position somewhere I fear they are being “watched” and said company will be informed of thier “dangerous consideration.” I’ll bet many young white students have thought of this too and would otherwise join the YWC but are afraid that doing so would put and end to thier dreams for thier futures.

  • http://cofcc.org/2012/03/exclusive-report-from-towson-ywc/

    It’s even worse for YWC members at Towson than this article suggests.