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YWC Members Chalk ‘White Pride’ on University Sidewalks

By Hatewatch Staff on March 13, 2012 - 7:58 am, Posted in White Nationalism

A few eyebrows and a few hackles were raised at Towson University last week when members of the campus Youth for Western Civilization (YWC) chapter chalked messages on university sidewalks that included the words “white pride” at several locations. The messages were left March 3, a Saturday, and discovered the following Monday, angering some students and resulting in a debate days later that was attended by some 400 students.

Matthew Heimbach, president of the Towson YWC chapter and a junior at the Maryland university, told the Baltimore Sun that members were indeed responsible for the sidewalk markings. But he said the group is “only promoting traditional conservative values and is not racist.” He also told that Sun that he is “advocating pride in his culture,” and not “white power.”

Really? YWC members have long-held problematic associations with white nationalist groups and ideologies. Heimbach is no exception.

Heimbach attended the July 2011 gathering of the neo-Confederate League of the South (LOS), which has advocated a second Southern secession and a society dominated by “European Americans,” run by an “Anglo Celtic” elite. In a video in which Heimbach appeared with another LOS member at the conference, he discussed what he would like to do with YWC at Towson, including bring in guest speakers like Pastor John Weaver of the LOS, who instructs members on how to use firearms, and Maryland LOS chaplain David Whitney, who says churches should help arm and train people in self defense.

In a January 2012 blog at the YWC site, Heimbach decried “white genocide” in South Africa. The original post included an image of a  poster that called for the hanging of Nelson Mandela, but the photo was later removed. In that piece, Heimbach extolled the virtues of white South Africans, saying that “they gave years of selfless sacrifice to the world … and gave an honest chance to the black majority to help build a republic that respected all human rights.”

In his end-of-the-semester report at the YWC website in January, Heimbach wrote, “No longer will the homosexual, Muslim, and black supremacist groups be allowed to hijack our campus. … Youth for Western Civilization is preparing to take our campus back, all we need is the help of people like you to make it happen.” He then referred to YWC’s opposition as “disgusting degenerates” and assured his enemies that “we always be [sic] on the attack.” As if that isn’t clear enough, Heimbach’s current profile photo on the YWC site shows him aiming a rifle.

Other YWC members also have ties to white nationalist organizations or ideologies. In April 2011, the group’s founder and then-national president, Kevin DeAnna (who announced this February that he was stepping down), sent out a fundraising appeal accompanied by a cover letter written by Jared Taylor, a racist ideologue who is editor of the white nationalist magazine American Renaissance.

In the cover letter, Taylor praised DeAnna and YWC’s  work, and reminded backers that “race and race conflict” are at the core of the problems the West faces. DeAnna boasted in his letter to the magazine’s readers that he had “defended western culture” against the “far left” that is trying to “destroy our people and culture.”

DeAnna has also spoken at the H.L. Mencken Club, known for its white nationalist participants, and at a writing conference sponsored by the anti-immigrant Social Contract Press, headed by longtime extremist Wayne Lutton. In addition, YWC chapters at Vanderbilt and Providence College have hosted Richard Spencer for campus talks; Spencer is the director of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think tank.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “However, how do you explain the growing interest in the European New Right among disaffected American conservatives, radical environmentalists and former progressive drop outs?”

    They are interested because it is something novel. Many are disaffected with mainstream conservatism because the mainstream doesn’t seem to preach to them. The problem is, however, that most of these groups will rush to conservatives at times like these when a Democrat is in the White House and the conservatives start talking radical. When Republicans get in office, conservatives tend to tone down the radical rhetoric which leaves some of these groups out in the cold. In any case, none of this makes the European New Right’s ideology correct. It’s childish romanticism plus scapegoating.

    More importantly, the New Right’s claim to opposing capitalism is weak at best. When asked about their opposition to capitalism, the best most of these “Third Positionists” can manage is “Communism and capitalism are two sides of the same coin!” This doesn’t cut it. Some try to take this further, stating that both are “materialist” ideologies or something along those lines, not taking into account non-material, spiritual things. First, this is akin to attacking them because neither deals with the affairs of unicorns or elves.

    Second, capitalism is not an ideology, it’s a mode of production. Property relations and means of production don’t have anything to do with spiritual issues. You can live in a capitalist society and do pretty much whatever you want. Communism is technically not an ideology but a mode of production as well, though one can call it an ideology if used to refer to Marxism. Of course most Marxists wouldn’t use the term “ideology” so readily to describe Marxist theory. In any case, so-called Third Positionists and New Rightists have, as far as I have seen, failed to articulate what sort of mode of production they would support beyond “what is good for the race and environment.”

    @Shultz

    ” In addition, I believe Warren Buffet, Jamie Dimon, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, David Geffen, Jeff Imelt, Lloyd Blankenfeim, George Soros, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk,……. just to name a few are ardent supporters of capitalism as well as egalitarian and progressive causes”

    There are plenty of people who support egalitarian and progressive causes and DON’T support capitalism. What is your point here? The same people might argue as to whether these people actually support real progressive causes, or causes which are merely said to be progressive. Furthermore, there have often been capitalists which supported progressive causes simply because they were seen as a viable alternative to revolution, expropriation, and execution. If you read the work of Soros, it is clear that he fears that out of control neo-liberalism will lead to a backlash against what he calls the “open society”, better known by the technical term “bullshit.”

  • Deep Ecology

    Ruslan, you are correct in that what passes for American conservatism is a far cry from the European New Right, which in general sees the American system, political, cultural and economic as a threat or at the very least, a competing system with Europe.

    You are also correct in stating there is no ethnically distinct white American culture. This was brought home to me in a very real way after living in Europe, reconnecting with family roots there and seeing and feeling first hand the strong ethnic cultural ties Europeans have with one another.

    However, how do you explain the growing interest in the European New Right among disaffected American conservatives, radical environmentalists and former progressive drop outs?

  • chris schultz

    Ruslan,

    We do understand that capitalism and the progressive ideology (which includes mainstream conservatives/rightists) which tacitly support the rise and dominance of capitalism. If I recall, the OWS crowd had a moment of silence during their hypocrisy rally to honor Steve Jobs when he died. In addition, I believe Warren Buffet, Jamie Dimon, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, David Geffen, Jeff Imelt, Lloyd Blankenfeim, George Soros, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk,……. just to name a few are ardent supporters of capitalism as well as egalitarian and progressive causes

  • Deep Ecology

    For Chris Schultz, my journey too began from a progressive liberal family. However, my interest in the New Right coincided with a move from mainstream environmentalism to the more radical Deep Ecology movement. American conservatism is absolutely bankrupt and bereft of any new ideas, Progressive thought and the evolution of neo-liberalism and globalism has been a consistent and growing threat to biodiversity, both human and among the earth’s flora and fauna.

    The two competing systems of economic organization, capitalism and communism, while structurally different, have the same ultimate end in mind, the utilitarian exploitation of nature to support material well being, usually along an exponential assumed growth curve.

    The neo-liberal model is literally a death sentence for unique indigenous cultures around the world.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “European new right has an identity in america that is growing feverishly,”

    No it doesn’t, because the European New Right tends to be anti-American. It’s ideas will never take root with a sizable amount of American conservatives, who spurn book-learnin’.

    “White” Americans are not European, and have an extremely hard time dealing with European traditions. As for ancient religions and Pagan traditions, what is the use of all that? Maybe if these people would pull their heads out of their asses and pick up the business section of a newspaper once in a while they would understand what’s really wrong with the world.

  • Reynardine

    Well, Schultzie, when you get over rebelling against your family, you might actually learn to think.

  • chris schultz

    Deep Ecology,

    I feel that the right in the US is marginalized by the political process as far as the mainstream right is concerned, (republican party, fox news echo chamber etc.) However, the European new right has an identity in america that is growing feverishly, just look at the popularity of Richard Spencers Alternativeright, or Greg Johnsons Counter Currents, as well as Arktos media (which is based in India but does a significant and growing by the hour amount of business in the US) This coupled with a growing desire outside of the cities to connect with ancestral spiritual beliefs and tradition is fueling a desire to part ways with progressive liberalism. I personally was raised in an extremely left wing family and was as fervent a fighter for progressivism until around the age 30.

  • Deep Ecology

    Ruslan, since the far right (US) and New Right (Europe) fundamentally differ in content as well as context, why do think the far right in the US is largely marginalized in the political process but the European New Right is increasingly influential on numerous national levels within the EU?

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    The far right is growing for several reasons:

    1. A very weak left in the US which was confused and co-opted due to identity politics and liberal influences.

    2. Stagnation in real wages and an economic crisis, both of which lay the foundation for resentment and backlashes against designated scapegoats.

    3. The right-wing has far more money on its side, thus it controls media, numerous think tanks, etc.

    4. In general, no matter how you dress up reactionary politics with intellectual-sounding language, it will typically blame some group of people for society’s woes. People prefer an ideology that puts a human face on their problems, even if the side-effect is being afraid or angry all the time.

  • chris schultz

    Deep Ecology,

    I agree wholeheartedly with your comment regarding the “gossip” style commenting and blog posts on this site as well as others. This is exactly why the movement is growing with intellectuals both in America and abroad. However, good luck in elevating the content and style of the SPLC, etc. it will never happen, it will only get worse.

  • Deep Ecology

    Ruslan and other thoughtful commentators: Hopefully moving beyond the not so helpful “they must simply be idiots to believe what they do” comments tossed at the usual suspects, why do you think the far right is growing, and increasingly attracting members of the intelligentsia to its ranks? It should be obvious when reading GRECE or other publications and writings, that these guys are well educated and articulate about their opposition to neo-liberalism.

  • A.D.M.

    Good point, Ruslan.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    I totally agree, A.D.M., I just think the concept of “black pride” or “brown pride” had a lot more to do with dignity rather than pride. “White pride” was basically what mainstream society promoted for a couple hundred years in the US. It still does, albeit in different ways.

  • A.D.M.

    Ruslan, it still doesn’t matter. Having pride based on something you had no control over makes no sense. Yes, love yourself, love who you are and where you come from, but pride is something totally different.

    Pride is for actual accomplishments, not how and where one was born. All that black pride and brown pride and whatever pride talk is silly, in my opinion.

  • EarleyDaysYet

    BB said: “I’m not a supporter of the death penalty, but it is hardly surprising that those who are would want Mandela to be hanged. This is after all, a man who by his on admission “signed off” on the Church Street bombing, which killed 19 people and wounded 217 more. For that alone, he should never have been let out of prison.”

    To shamelessly paraphrase a common saying, one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.

    Best example: Reagan said – when he met with them – that he considered the Taliban leaders the “moral equivalent of our Founding Fathers”. When they were fighting Russia, they were “freedom fighters” – the US supported, trained & armed them; now that the US is fighting them, they are “terrorists”.

    Mandela led a fight against a minority government that treated the vast majority of SAfricans as cattle, & the SA government screwed up when they made him a martyr figure.

  • Reynardine

    Matt, I’m not Jewish. I don’t really ask about the religious affiliations of people I associate with, either, unless there is some need to know if they’re allowed to eat this or that.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “To paraphase your comment, perhaps the message “White Pride” simply means, ” I’m not going to be made to feel ashamed (about myself or my heritage) just because I’m white anymore.””

    “White” is not a heritage. The heritage of “white” is bound up with the oppression of others.

    “The end of white guilt is terrifying to behold, isn’t it.”

    No, it’s pathetic to behold people whose only accomplishment in life was to be born “white.”

    “As they say, anti-racism is just code for anti-white,”

    Yes, I have noticed that morons say that.

    “and “fighting racism” is only a more polite way of saying, “let’s blame whitey, it’s always his fault anyway”.
    It is easier to riot if the crowd is chanting “no justice, no peace”, right?”

    Questions:

    1. Do you acknowledge that people were oppressed based on race at any time in American history.

    2. Would you admit that people are, perhaps not oppressed, but at least treated very unfairly due to their race? (Before answering keep in mind there is plenty of data to show this happens in America even in recent times)

    3. If yes to either or both questions, what “race” is responsible for that state of affairs?

    Figure out this riddle and you might understand where “blame whitey” comes from.

  • Mitch Beales

    Ruslan “Brown Pride” might not be entirely accurate but “Hispanic Surname Pride” doesn’t have much of a ring to it.

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Hey Woland, nice job chanting The Mantra! That was mighty original of you. Maybe you explain just what constitutes ‘anti-White’ so we can move on?

  • Woland

    Ruslan,

    To paraphase your comment, perhaps the message “White Pride” simply means, ” I’m not going to be made to feel ashamed (about myself or my heritage) just because I’m white anymore.”

    The end of white guilt is terrifying to behold, isn’t it.

    As they say, anti-racism is just code for anti-white, and “fighting racism” is only a more polite way of saying, “let’s blame whitey, it’s always his fault anyway”.
    It is easier to riot if the crowd is chanting “no justice, no peace”, right?

  • tyrone mixon

    isn’t this the kinda thing those group do?

  • Matt

    Funny to me how a Jewish group, and others sit here talking about ww2? always every comment must go back in time.

    Today the AIPAC crowd is pushing the USA to bomb, fight, dismantle all nations hostile to the Jewish state. Every day I listen to TV news, radio shows, and see print media foaming at the mouth how Iran must be stopped? Stopped from what? This endless war the US govt has been tricked into is bleeding American’s finest, and costing us billions, we don’t even have to spend it’s all borrowed. WAR is expensive and it’s effect long lasting.

  • A.D.M.

    Brown pride, black pride, white pride, etc. are all things I don’t get. How can you have pride in something you had no hand in creating? Pride is for personal accomplishments like getting a college degree or starting a business. Being born with a certain skin color or in a certain country or in a certain class or in a certain ethnic group are not personal accomplishments. They’re things that happened by chance. I find it sad that the only thing you are proud of about yourself is something that happened by chance, something you had no hand in creating or deciding. But hey, whatever floats people’s boats.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    To be honest Chris, slogans like “Brown pride” are kind of stupid because plenty of Latinos are not “brown” at all. But ideas like black or “brown” pride have a very different history than “white pride”(in fact the concept is rather new, even younger than the concept of “white” in the first place).

    See, white dominated society for a long time made others feel inferior on the basis of being black or brown. Society demanded that second-class citizens “know their place,” and constantly reminded them that they were “colored.” Hence, a reaction to this appeared in concepts like “black pride.” It’s not pride in the sense of “I’m BLACK and I’m proud of this fact.” It’s more like, I’m not going to be made to feel ashamed or inferior just because I’m black anymore. That’s about as far as I can go into this concept because I am after all, a white dude.

    “White pride” is something quite different. For one thing, “white” does not denote an actual ethnicity or nationality, nor is it a culture. People who claim that European culture equals “white culture” are ignorant and ironically they by definition, multiculturalists. As for black Americans, they had their history and traditions pretty much stolen from them, so it makes sense that they have to rally around the identity of “black” or African American. Groups of European immigrants who became “white” over time typically knew their origins, but over time there were many changes in America and Europe so that the “white American” has far more in common in a practical sense with a black or Latino American than someone from his ancestors’ nation.

  • chris schultz

    Cain Velasquez of the UFC has a tattoo on his chest which reads Brown Pride. I feel that is more than fine and would never deny him the right, or criticize him because he wants to display his ethnic pride so prominently. Of course the SPLC has no problem with Brown pride displays but anything having to do with white pride is wrong. SPLC= Hypocritical, greedy corporatists

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    It’s pretty sad if the only thing you have to be proud of is that you are “white.” Poor bastard.

  • Reynardine

    Lexi, if you are really, as you say, in school, and yet that’s all the better you can write, I despair of your learning anything.

  • Robert Pinkerton

    At this writing the Youth for Western Civilization website is down for the third time in six weeks. The first time the site went down, the placeholder stated that it was for “malware issues.” Both subsequent times the site was down, the placeholder said it was for “site redesign.” One might wonder whether they have an “admirer.”

  • Mitch Beales

    A Declaration of the Immediate Causes which Induce and Justify the Secession of the State of Mississippi from the Federal Union.

    In the momentous step which our State has taken of dissolving its connection with the government of which we so long formed a part, it is but just that we should declare the prominent reasons which have induced our course.

    Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery – the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor supplies the product which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of commerce of the earth. These products are peculiar to the climate verging on the tropical regions, and by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun. These products have become necessities of the world, and a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization. That blow has been long aimed at the institution, and was at the point of reaching its consummation. There was no choice left us but submission to the mandates of abolition, or a dissolution of the Union, whose principles had been subverted to work out our ruin.

    You can read the entire document at http://www.digitalhistory.uh.e.....ssippi.cfm. If you have any doubt that the civil war was about slavery (or if you are interested in American history at all) I suggest you read The Civil War: The First Year Told by Those Who Lived It (Library of America #212) which consists of original sources.

  • ModerateMike

    “another thing anybody who actually studies history knows that the civil war was not about blacks being slaves it was about states rights ”

    To what states’ rights do you refer, lexi? Do you mean that the right of states to impose slavery was not a major point of contention? Please elaborate.

  • Word Beyond

    “No longer will the homosexual, Muslim, and black supremacist groups be allowed to hijack our campus.”

    Matt sounds like he (thinks he) is directly facing opposition from other culturally oriented groups. Is this actually true, and are those groups really supremacists? And is Matt’s group supremacist?

    Supremacism is unfair as it implies that one world view is more correct than another. Every world view is exactly as ‘correct’ as another. Nothing is wrong with having pride, but declaring supremacy is just hilarious. Sounds like Matt is afraid of death: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T.....ent_theory

  • Wayne

    Or better yet, write “Power” in white chalk. lol ^_^

  • SPQR

    Next time write Black Pride or Gay Pride on the sidewalk. Less hassle that way.

  • lexi

    so here is my issue you say your open minded but when i wear a shirt expressing my pro life stance i get physically attacked the story goes as follows i wore a shirt to my local school that said quite simply envisioning a world without abortion it then had a picture of a woman looking down which was formed by a bunch of pictures of children who were supposed to be aborted i walk in to the bathroom and some turns and says i find your shirt very offensive i reply i find abortion very offensive she proceeds to give me a black eye. so now i ask if people can wear shirts that say proud to be pro life why cant the moral conservative voice their opinion without being called racist i say GO MATT. another thing anybody who actually studies history knows that the civil war was not about blacks being slaves it was about states rights and i love the south and support them !!!

  • Greg Mann

    Really sounds like the splc has resorted to using ad hominem attacks, is the let’s focus on whether or not being proud to be white is racist or not. Of course it isn’t just as black brown or yellow pride is not racist.

  • Tyrant

    Uh oh watch out. People putting White Pride in “chalk” on the side walk. There is a problem with that? No one complains when gays go around with Gay Pride Flags or Puerto Ricans on Puerto Rican Pride Day. Nothing wrong with that right? But if it involves Whites then all of a sudded Pride becomes Power. There is nothing wrong with White Pride. It is a Constitutional Right. Remember that thing called the 1st Amendment?

  • Maureen Martin

    Chalk on a sidewalk? You people are pathetic. Oh well, as long as those donations keep pouring in!

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Mitch,

    You’re right. I over-reacted, and I’m sorry. I really should have vented my spleen at the other poster. Not you.

    And Ruslan, the bombs were a huge factor, even the largest factor in the Japanese surrender. There was an attempted coup against Hirohito the day he broadcast his appeal for a ceasefire.

    I highly recommend reading William Craig’s ‘The Fall of Japan,’ as it provides, I feel, the most objective non-military history of the War’s endgame.

  • Mitch Beales

    Aron my comment was not intended to imply that Truman should have been imprisoned or hanged although, in my opinion, the use of the atomic bomb was reprehensible. My point was that, in the course of war and revolution, acts for which one might otherwise be hanged or imprisoned, become celebrated acts of heroism. If Truman should not be hanged for killing hundreds of thousands surely BB’s suggestion that Mandela should be condemned for “the Church Street bombing, which killed 19 people and wounded 217 more” smacks of racism.

  • Reynardine

    A case could be made for the dropping of the Hiroshima bomb, though the Japanese could likely have gotten the point just as well, with far less cruelty, if it had been dropped off the harbor. There was no excuse for Nagasaki, which city was not even a target of choice, but of opportunity, when the initial target was socked in.

    At least it made a sufficient impression on us and others that no one has ever dropped another one, though all the spent uranium dropped on Fellujah wasn’t better- only sneakier.

  • Get_a Clu

    At Michigan State University the Young Americans for Freedom chapter carried a sign that said “Straight Power” in opposition of a human rights ordinance.

    http://statenews.com/index.php.....ts_protest

    This is the same story playing out again. The students simply need to organize against them.

    BTW, has the SPLC formally labeled them a hate group yet? Seems the evidence is stacking pretty high.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    The A-bombs could have been dropped on military targets rather than major cities. Moreover, the A-bomb had little to do with the reason they surrendered anyway.

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Mitch,

    Careful with your condemnation of Truman. While the destruction of the cities was indeed reprehensible, the alternatives would have potentially made the battles of the Somme and Verdun look comparatively mild.

    All I’m going to say is that if you have an academic interest in the end of the War in the Pacific, you should be careful which authors you look to. Though they are regarded as experts by many, Gar Alperovitz and Kai Bird present evidence and statistics that are grossly innaccurate. If you’d like, I can post the annotated bibliography from my papers regarding the proposed American invasion of the Japanese Home Islands.

    (Please forgive my long-winded and horribly off-topic screed above. It results from a combination of lack of sleep and strong personal interest in Operation DOWNFALL.)

  • Reynardine

    Of course, Horthy and a couple of other Axis allies thought the YMCA and YWCA were (in their minds) commendably anti-Semitic groups.

  • Reynardine

    You know you’re getting old when you see a headline like this one, and your first reaction is, “I’m shocked at those nice young ladies!”

  • Mitch Beales

    B. B. do you also understand why proponents of the death penalty might want to hang Harry Truman, who “signed off” on the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki that killed hundreds of thousands? Or do you only think that black men should be imprisoned or hanged?

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    He’s Catholic? Well a Catholic can’t be a loyal American! At least that’s what the defenders of Western Civilization used to say.

  • http://twitter.com/AronL Aron

    ‘White Pride!?’ That’s hardly racist, is it? No, that would be something those damned Eurasians would do. And everyone knows Oceania has ALWAYS been at war with Eurasia.

  • B.B.

    In a January 2012 blog at the YWC site, Heimbach decried “white genocide” in South Africa. The original post included an image of a poster that called for the hanging of Nelson Mandela, but the photo was later removed.

    I’m not a supporter of the death penalty, but it is hardly surprising that those who are would want Mandela to be hanged. This is after all, a man who by his on admission “signed off” on the Church Street bombing, which killed 19 people and wounded 217 more. For that alone, he should never have been let out of prison.

  • NetAmigo

    Mathew is just a nice Catholic boy. Here’s a link to his Facebook page.

    http://www.facebook.com/matt.heimbach1