Remember those “nighttime patrols” that Towson’s White Student Union announced last month to much media outcry? (The idea was that the group’s members would patrol the mean streets of Towson unarmed, looking for black men committing crimes against white women.) Well, some reporters actually tagged along last week — and the results may surprise you.
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Earlier this year, several Johns Hopkins students applied for Student Government Association (SGA) recognition and funding for a Voice for Life group, which would be a “strong pro-life” group aiming “to defend the inviolable right to life of every innocent human being from conception until natural death, and especially to be a voice for the weakest and most vulnerable members of our society threatened by abortion, euthanasia and the destruction of human embryos for research.” But on March 12, the SGA rejected the group’s appeal, on the grounds that some of its proposed activities (“sidewalk counseling” outside an abortion clinic on Calvert Street) were in violation of the university’s harassment policies. That’s when everyone started to get really upset.
Only one university in Maryland made it onto the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll this year, an award that honors schools “that achieve meaningful, measurable outcomes in the communities they serve.” The honor was given to 110 schools nationwide on the basis of student volunteer hours, number of volunteer organizations, and co-curricular opportunities that involve community service. So which school in Maryland gets the most karma points? (drumroll please….)
I’m starting to think that Matthew Heimbach, crusader on behalf of the white race/Towson senior/founder of the school’s White Student Union, is an evil genius. Not necessarily for the same reasons as the Southern Poverty Law Center (who describes the student as a “white nationalist”), although that may be true, but because he’s managed to parlay his rabblerousing into a significant media presence. Case in point: the Huffington Post just invited him to be on a panel with a host of experts, professors, and people we generally take seriously.
Well, at least the white nationalist that Towson’s new White Student Union has invited to speak on campus next month is a relatively moderate white nationalist. On the other hand…
Jared Taylor, the American journalist invited to Towson’s campus by Matthew Heimbach’s White Student Union, has some, shall we say, unconventional views. He thinks racial profiling is great. He thinks that other races are objectively, provably, biologically less intelligent than white people. His take on Katrina? “When blacks are left entirely to their own devices, Western Civilization—any kind of civilization—disappears. And in a crisis, civilization disappears overnight.” He thinks we should get rid of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. I could go on; I won’t. Okay, one more: the Southern Poverty Law Center, those experts we all turned to in the wake of the shooting at the Sikh temple, describe Taylor as “the cultivated, cosmopolitan face of white supremacy. He is the guy who is providing the intellectual heft, in effect, to modern-day Klansmen.”
Last week, we reported on the newest initiative by Towson University provocateur and white-pride advocate Matthew Heimbach: a white student union. As predicted, the outcry has begun; a Facebook-circulated petition calling for Towson’s new president to officially denounce the group already has more than 1,500 signatures. “Allowing a ‘whites only’ student group directly contradicts your commitment to diversity — and it serves no purpose other than to discriminate against non-white students,” the petition says. Thoughts?
We’ve got to give it to Towson student Matthew Heimbach: the guy is good at stirring up trouble. You might remember him from his presidency of Youth for Western Civilization, the group that enraged many on the Towson campus by hosting Straight Pride Day and chalking “White Pride” slogans on the school’s sidewalks. After YWC’s speech got a little too hate-y last year, its lone faculty sponsor abandoned ship, and the group lost its official school-approved status. But Heimbach is clearly not one to give up without a fight, and now he’s angling to form a White Student Union. Cue the drama.