March 16, 2012 | by Steve Charing
Towson students object to ‘White Pride’ group
Kevin DeAnna, gay news, gay politics dc

Youth for Western Civilization founder Kevin DeAnna. (Via YouTube)

Students at Towson University have reacted angrily to a right-wing campus group called Youth for Western Civilization for their perceived racist, anti-Muslim, anti-immigration and homophobic messaging and phrases that were chalked at various locations on the campus.  Among the phrases was “White Pride.”

A forum was held last week attended by about 400 students to address concerns about these messages as well as school safety. Matthew Heimbach, a 20-year-old junior is the president of the Towson University chapter of YWC. He explained that YWC is not a white supremacist group and that “white pride” should be as acceptable as “black pride” and “gay pride.” A spokesperson for the school said the group is not breaking any rules and will not be punished.

Freshman Andrew Werner told The Towerlight, an independent newspaper at Towson University, that the intolerance on campus targets LGBT students as well as black students. “I am proud to say that I am gay but that I am also Catholic,” Werner said at the forum. “I personally have been accepted, but those that I’m around have not been. I have witnessed a lot of insensitivity, and as a generally caring person, I just feel that that is not OK.”

Heimbach denies that the group is homophobic or racist. But he wrote in an end-of-semester report on the YWC website explaining why a “Straight Pride” event had been organized: “A small list of the events and programs that Towson hosts to promote the homosexual lifestyle includes gay pride month, drag shows, a gay mentor program, transgender awareness days, frequent pro homosexual speakers, LGBTQA rooms with special accommodations, internships only for gay students, and the Safe Space program for gay students. YWC thought it was a shame that in our diverse campus environment, the viewpoint of Straight Pride and heterosexual marriage was not represented.”

Youth for Western Civilization has at least 15 chapters. It was incorporated in 2006 and began organizing at American University in 2008. The founder was Kevin DeAnna, a graduate student at AU. Former Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo, known for his staunch anti-immigration stance, is honorary chairman.

According YWC’s Facebook page its mission statement includes: “The group opposes what it views as ‘radical multiculturalism, socialism, and mass immigration’ and a ‘poisonous and bigoted leftist campus climate.’”

13 Comments
  • Just another Rotten Republican hate group Which is trying to claim it is the victim, while it is the victimizer.

    The Students for western civilization is a spinoff from the repub young americans for freedom. The SPLC calls it a hate group. The Lawyer who really heads it appears to be a psychopath who shows himself wearing a bandolier of shotgun shells and holding a shotgun. He wrote a book about a mythical “Mr. Greenburg” who headed the SPLC. He fantasizes about Greenburg being shot and his head “Exploading”.

    It all reminds me of the book by Chris Hedges – American Fascists ** – the christian right and the war on America. they are dedicated to a white only, str8 only society which Hedges says b ears a resemblence to Germany in the 1920s. Basically we are talking about the people who in fact or in mentality are the Kluxers.

    We also need to remember that after the civil war, there were about 30+ balck members of congress and the senate, but by about 1900 there were zero. Thanks to the right wing xtians (not catholics) who gave us the KKK and segregation . Of course their worst nightmare of their descendants has come true – a black President.

    Typically these people are like Eg Gov Perry of TX, whose hunting grounds entrance had a sign – “”(“n-word) ranch”"
    ** you can buy his book on ebay or Amazon ffor about $15

  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    MR. HEIMBACH’S STATEMENT, “…white pride should be as acceptable as “black pride” and “gay pride,” IS CORRECT. LET’S SAY YOU ARE A NEGRO WHO IS A FAN OF COUNTRY MUSIC – LIKE I AM. I AM ABLE TO SEPARATE MY LOVE FOR COUNTRY MUSIC AND ITS RELATIONSHIP TO SOUTHERN CULTURE FROM THE “EVILS” OF THE SOUTH (LIKE SLAVERY AND JIM CROW) BECAUSE I UNDERSTAND ANY BIAS A CAUCASIAN-COUNTRY MUSICIAN MAY HAVE DOES NOT HINDER MY LOVING THE MUSIC. SO, LET YWC EXIST IN PEACE. IF NO PROBLEM HAS ARISEN ON CAMPUS, DO NOT FORCE ONE TO HAPPEN VIA MISJUDGMENT.
    THANKS FOR YOUR TIME.
    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    • I think that it’s fairly clear what the agenda of this group really is. Also, “gay pride” commemorates an event that occurred in the fight for gay rights. It was the uprising at the Stonewall Inn when the relentless police once again raided the bar beating and arresting patrons for being gay. Only this time the patrons fought back with fists and furniture. Within a day or two a protest march was organized, signs were carried, demanding fair treatment and espousing “gay pride”, and the Pride Parade was born. So, the idea of “white pride” is really STUPID. What have white guys, of which I am one, had to overcome??? What event or action or historical event would it be commemorating??? Nothing, that’s what!!!

      I really don’t mean to chide you. You are still very young, I assume, if you’re a student. Of course you could be 47 years old, as I am. What I’m saying is that there’s an old saying that history repeats itself. Well, it only repeats itself if we let it and the way we avoid it and continue to evolve is to learn from it, to NEVER forget it!!!

      When I was in high school and we were learning about WWII, I thought, who cares, boring… But then when we began to learn about the death camps and the atrocities committed by the Nazis and the understanding that we had to learn about these things and that we had to understand how the Nazis came to power and how in the very beginning Hilter seemed to unite the country. I realized that little by little, this man, who at first seemed the answer to many of Germany’s problems was really a Fascist of the worst kind, because not only did he want to subordinate the fringe and the down trodden, he wanted to exterminate them because they threatened the purity of his Arian race. We cannot ever just stick our heads in the sand and say, they’re not hurting anyone, leave them alone. Where there’s smoke there’s fire. We have to be constantly vigilant regarding these groups.

      When we have prospective leaders who reiterate the same Fascist ideas as Adolph Hitler it worries me. When they speak about writing hate into our US Constitution and removing rights from any citizen for any reason, that’s a problem for me, a big problem for me. It should be a problem for everyone who wants to live in a free society. Fascism is a very dangerous ideal because it seeps in and before you realize it you’re over whelmed.

  • Mr Heimbach should read Peggy McIntosh’s “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”. He might then be able to see racism(and all other margin-isms) not in terms of individual acts of malevolence, yet in invisible systems granting unearned dominance on whites(and all others majors).

  • YWC president Heimbech: “I totally don’t get it. I mean, its okay to have, like, a nationalism party, and there already is, like, a socialist party. What is wrong then with, like, having a national socialist party. I mean, dude, come on.”

    Christopher Allen Horton: “LEAVE BRITTNEY SPEARS…I mean…LEAVE YWC ALONE!”

    • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      “Watcher,”
      AS A NEGRO MALE, I KNOW HOW IT FEELS TO BE MISJUDGED AND TREATED LIKE AN OUTCAST AND/OR CRIMINAL. OUT OF FAIRNESS, MR. HEIMBACH’S GROUP HAS A RIGHT TO EXIST. MY ANCESTORS HAD TO DEAL WITH SLAVE OWNERS AND THE KU KLUX KLAN. FOR ME – IN 2012 – TO BE ABLE TO EXTEND AN “OLIVE BRANCH,” WOULD BE CONSIDERED A GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT. DON’T YOU AGREE?
      THANKS FOR YOUR TIME.
      CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

      • Yes, the group has the right to exist. People can think whatever they want. However, this is not the same as liking country music. They are about promoting white, straight culture at the expense of others. Big difference. I think your motives are good but liking Travis Tritt is not the same as liking a political group that is deliberately trying to exclude people. There are other people who are more worthy of extending the olive branch to.

        (Also, if you type in all-caps, you are “shouting”.)

        • Sorry, I forgot to mention that I hope YWC recognizes that school should teach about all cultures, and that “Western Culture” includes both you and me.

          • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

            “Watcher,”
            YOUR STATEMENT, “They are about promoting white, straight culture at the expense of others.” [WOW!]. FOR MORE THAN FOUR-HUNDRED YEARS, NEGROES IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE L-I-V-E-D UNDER THAT STATEMENT.
            THANKS FOR YOUR TIME.
            CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

  • its ok to be white and proud shame people cant say it out loud :[

  • Black people are making white people feel like we are pure evil. I say enough with that!!! I’m not taking this shit anymore!!! I had to call into a Black Talk Show and give them a piece of my mind, once and for all!!!

    Here is what I said to them.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_v8S_2dO0w

  • White people were enslaved… so, I can have white pride.

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