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Radical Campus Organization Linked to Southern Hate Group

By Janet Smith on August 17, 2011 - 2:10 pm, Posted in Neo-Confederate, White Nationalism

Youth for Western Civilization (YWC), an ultraconservative student group, has long cultivated relationships with white nationalist organizations like American Renaissance, the National Policy Institute and the H.L. Mencken Club. Last spring, it even allowed American Renaissance leader Jared Taylor — who has written that black people are incapable of sustaining any kind of civilization without whites to aid them — to write a fundraising letter, sent out with an accompanying missive from YWC’s president, suggesting that Taylor’s followers send YWC money.

But the campus group has insistently, if improbably, denied having any racist views.

Now, the YWC appears to be forging ties with the League of the South (LOS), a neo-Confederate hate group that advocates a second Southern secession and a society dominated by “European Americans.” The League believes that the “godly” nation it forms should be run by “Anglo-Celtic” (read: white) elites who would establish a Christian theocratic state and politically dominate non-white people. It leader, Michael Hill, opposes racial intermarriage and has denounced egalitarianism as a “Jacobin” leftist doctrine that undermines healthy societies.

Matthew Heimbach – a member of the League’s Maryland division who attended the League’s recent annual conference in Abbeville, S.C. – appears in a video uploaded to YouTube on July 29 (it has since been taken down, but you can find it here, courtesy of One People’s Project). Heimbach appears with another, unnamed Maryland LOS member, who says the Maryland chapter of the LOS will be working with YWC. He also states that YWC has “similar principles as us and similar goals.” Heimbach, identified as a junior at Towson State University, then outlines his own goals for YWC, including a Towson State chapter he is planning to start.

According to the July video, Heimbach’s plans for his YWC chapter include hosting guest speakers like Pastor John Weaver of the LOS, who instructs League members on how to use firearms, and Maryland LOS chaplain David Whitney, who says churches should help arm and train people in self-defense. Heimbach asks viewers to donate to YWC, which he says is interested in “stopping rampant multiculturalism,” “standing against illegal immigration,” and a host of other issues that organizations like “the League of the South, the SCV [Sons of Confederate Veterans], and most Southerners can agree on.”

Heimbach has already begun blogging at the YWC website. In a July post about the evils of Islam, he claimed there is an organized network of radical Islamists who are “pushing for Islamic domination over Christianity and the entire Western world.” He then calls on “Westerners” to wake up and “organize to resist the destruction of our entire way of life.”

In April, Heimbach complained about the lack of media coverage of the New Black Panther marches prior to Easter, attributing it to “political correctness.” More likely, the lack of coverage was because of the dismal turnout for the “National Day of Action and Unity.” Nevertheless, Heimbach warns his audience that “we stand on the edge where violence against whites and Jews is not a question of if.” As of this writing, the Towson chapter of YWC is not yet active.

Evelyn Schlatter contributed to this posting.

  • double standard

    Why doesn’t the SPLC go after the Black Panther Party?I guess it’s ok to have a black hate group.All I seen the YWC do was hand out copies of the Constitution.I guess for some of us the idea of the Constitution is offensive.

  • krissy

    These kids need to go to the museum of natural history more often. Maybe then they’ll appreciate that after all these thousands of years every culture and every history is equally valid and important. Rather than look at colonialism for what it was they just want to gloat about superiority and victory.

  • aron pieman kay

    these naziscujm must b e stopped now


    Would’t it be grand if they formed groups that would elevate all of humanity? There is no reason to deny any person of any color anything? The earth is abundant and designed to support all of life as well as regenerate itself. Sadly, most do not respect the earth which was meant to sustain us. How did we ever get to this point anyway?

  • Jim Carlson

    Thank you, SPLC, for shining a light on these cockroaches. I wish we had the journalistic equivalent of a can of Raid for them.

  • skinnyminny

    Wow! Okay, Heimbach says that ‘white and jews…’ This is why I am confused, one minute these type groups like the Jewish people, then they don’t.

    But finally, it’s out in the open, the plans for what these people are doing, and planning to do. A theocratic christian country, huh. I’ve read stuff about this in re Kevin Craig in Missouri. This is really something!

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Schultz, if you feel the links are tenuous, you might explain why is it that these conservative groups always seem to get links to ultra-conservative groups. Why is it that Code Pink, for example, never gets connected to the Klan?

  • James

    I’d love to see these people start their own country Move up to the artic where even the bears are white. Nobody will miss you and the US will be a better country without you and just think how the national IQ would shoot up without you. One more thing…where did you get the idea europeans where the rightful heirs of this country? HAHAHA!!! DUMBASSES!!

  • chris schultz

    Janet Smith and Evelyn Schlatter,

    I honestly would implore you to please tell me why I should not take this as tabloid journalism at best. Both the writing style as well as the gossip, rumor, and circular guilt by association makes this “article” feel more like something I would read in one of my sisters teen gossip magazines or in the check out aisle. You guys at the SPLC really need to examine on all levels your blogs to say the least. They really are not becoming of such a financially large institution.