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Racist Maryland Student Leader Vows Patrols Against ‘Black Crime’

By Hatewatch Staff on March 27, 2013 - 10:18 am, Posted in Anti-Black, Extremist Propaganda, Hate on Campus

White supremacist student Matthew Heimbach, a thorn in the side of Maryland’s Towson University who has led two racist campus organizations, says his White Student Union (WSU) will start patrolling the campus at night next week in order to halt what his group characterizes as a “black crime wave.”

Heimbach, a 21-year-old who has said he had his “racial awakening” while still in high school, has been in the national news since earlier this month, when he and fellow WSU member Scott Terry interrupted panelists at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) with a series of racist arguments. Terry advocated “separate but equal” policies, described slavery as providing food and shelter to black people, and allegedly muttered, “Why can’t we just have segregation” in the exchange. The event, caught on videotape and broadcast nationally, was a severe embarrassment to CPAC, which has tried to avoid being tarred as racist.

Now Heimbach, who describes himself as “commander” of the WSU (a possible hat tip to the late “commander” of the American Nazi Party), says that his group will be leading patrols of three male and one female student several nights a week. The men will be armed with heavy police flashlights and the woman will carry pepper spray.

Under the headline “Black Crime Wave Continues!”, the WSU website claims that “every single day black predators prey upon the majority white Towson University student body.” Heimbach also told The Baltimore Sun that “every time the offender is a black male, usually between 18 and 25.” His website adds that “White Southern men have long been called upon to defend their communities when law enforcement and the State seem unwilling to protect our people”— a fairly obvious allusion, it appears, to the terroristic role of the Ku Klux Klan during Reconstruction.

In fact, the university said in a statement, there is no crime wave, black or otherwise, although there have been concerns about sexual attacks and armed robberies. The school said that violent crime on campus fell 37.5% from 2011 to 2012.

In response to Heimbach’s announcement, Towson also said that the WSU is not an officially recognized campus organization (it is allowed to rent campus facilities for meetings, as many other off-campus groups also may do); that Towson is “one of the safest campuses” in the Maryland state system; and that the general public ought not to “take the law into their own hands.” But the school added that it would increase its own evening patrols in a bid to make the campus community feel safer.

The WSU is not some namby-pamby opponent of multiculturalism. Its website carries links to the Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), the descendant of the segregationist White Citizen Councils of the 1950s and 1960s and a group that has described black people as a “retrograde species of humanity.” As part of its platform, the CCC opposes “all efforts to mix the races of mankind.” The WSU website also links to the website for “The Political Cesspool,” a radio show based in Memphis, Tenn., that specializes in sympathetic interviews with leading racists and anti-Semites.

Heimbach’s WSU is not his first racist organization. For a time, he was the president of the Towson chapter of Youth for Western Civilization (YWC), another racist campus group that was headed nationally by Kevin DeAnna, another hard-liner who also has worked with white supremacist organizations. DeAnna quit that group in February 2012. Later last year, after members of Heimbach’s YWC chapter chalked “White Pride” on campus sidewalks, the group lost the support of the university administration and official status, leading to its collapse. At that point, the Towson group was the only remaining chapter of YWC, which is now apparently defunct.

Heimbach then started the WSU as a replacement. Soon enough, it had gathered members like Scott Terry (Heimbach has claimed a highly improbable 50 members), whose own website includes sections with headlines like “Arguments Against Miscegenation” — that is, what the Klan would call “race-mixing.” Terry also writes about “Kinism,” a racist ideology that emphasizes close relationships among “kith and kin,” meaning members of the same race. It also links to the sites of the CCC and a racist journal called American Renaissance, whose leader, Jared Taylor, has written that black people are incapable of sustaining any kind of civilization. Taylor was brought by Heimbach to speak at a WSU campus event last August.

In an interview with a white nationalist radio show last October, Heimbach detailed some of his racist views. Warning that the “enemy is at the gates,” he said that white people are “rediscovering who they are” and waking up to the threat. “We’re seeing other cultures take over essentially our country and are replacing what we knew and grew up with and what our ancestors fought and died for, for something entirely foreign,” he said. He said that while he didn’t agree with using Nazi symbols, he would not “insult anyone” by attacking them for doing that because “if you’re out there advocating for white interests … I commend you for it.”

Heimbach doesn’t limit himself to racist student groups. He’s also the head of the Baltimore chapter of the CCC and a member of the League of the South, a neo-secessionist group that opposes racial intermarriage, seeks to impose “Anglo-Celtic” supremacy on a Southern nation, and sees egalitarianism as an evil doctrine.

  • Digitoxin

    I just find it interesting that this site is dedicated to watching hate, and all the stories involve white antagonists.

    There’s nothing about the extreme gang/drug-related gun violence carried out by non-whites in every major inner-city area in the country, on a daily basis, even if it’s minority vs. other minority, or minority-on-white. That, and depending on the context, whites may or may not be a race to you; if it fits your YT-is-evil narrative, no matter how hard you have to spin and shoehorn it, they are. If they are credited with anything positive, then the question of “What, exactly, is a white person?” crops up at some point or another. Surely you realize your own hypocrisy and doubletalk?

    You of such superior morals and intellect, surely you are also humble enough to admit your own shortcomings and amend them accordingly?

    Passing through? I can see pretty plainly your definitions of “hate” and “racism” are very narrow and exclusive. Why is that?

    Is this the part where, in actual, factual reality, you’re going to tell me that whites are the only people capable of racism and hate? If so, do you not realize you’re willingly participating in an era where it’s okay to be racist against whites, like it was okay for whites to be racist against blacks in 1800? That this era will pass, and when it does, that next generation will be hunting people like you down the same way you hold witch hunts against whites, for these alleged, bullshit “sins of our fathers” crimes they did not commit, but are nonetheless held accountable for? And do you realize how often you folks use the term “racism” on a daily basis? Don’t you have better things to do?

    Most importantly, are you people truly so deluded that you think by contributing to this – a generalizing, demonizing hate site itself – you’re really doing anything to heal the racial divide you claim to so detest? You only *think* you’re on the right side of history, in this moment in time, because you may drudge up the past to fit your narratives, and hold accountable the present and blameless, because the political clime makes it okay for now. But the future is unknown. Do you ever question how your actions and words now will affect the tomorrow of our children? Do you think by singling out a single race for smearing and demonizing, you’re doing anything different than the racists of yesterday?

    In this, you are doomed to repeat history for having learned nothing from it. It’s up to you to break this cycle.

  • Mark Potok

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    From now on, we’re just not going to publish comments that include name-calling of any kind, no matter whose side of a particular issue you’re on. We’re not going to publish guttural expressions of racism, anti-Semitism, gay-bashing, misogyny and so on. We will publish white nationalist arguments, but only if they’re presented civilly and calmly, like the fellow from Stormfront who recently made an effort to politely argue with other commenters here. We will not publish bogus claims about certain groups’ alleged inferiority, and we won’t publish links to racist sites or sites that contain misleading or false statistics. Finally, we plan to stop publishing comments from a few posters who have become a real problem on our threads.

    This is not an attempt to censor people’s thinking, but it is an effort to make Hatewatch more of a community of people discussing important issues. We don’t want it to degenerate yet another Internet shouting match.

    Thanks for your understanding. We appreciate your contributions to the blog very much.

    Mark Potok

  • Reynardine

    John, your culocentric imagery is, from a psychiatric viewpoint, interesting, but it is stylistically monotonous, and may be a symptom of serious oligophrenia.

  • John

    Coral, the fact that your response wasn’t sarcastic just shows that you’re a humorless blowhard and the fact that you don’t pay attention to my posts yet can ASSume I feel a certain way when I type them is cute..

  • John

    Kiwi, I DID read your whole post and laughed my head off as well. I get a kick out of the ASSumptions of you and your leftist pals..
    The source was actually an episode of Penn and Teller’s show…Again, I’m not a Stormfronter so you have to stop ASSuming.. as it is my house has no basement..:)

  • Reynardine

    Ruslan, Edward does need a rather large book to read while he’s waiting for me to die, though I suspect he’d have to expend a good deal time on even a small one. But why the Ottoman Empire?

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    With any luck, the reason Edward hasn’t been posting so much lately is because he is engrossed in a recently-purchased book on the Ottoman Empire.

  • Kiwiwriter

    “John said,

    on April 1st, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Kiwiwriter, I don’t hang out on Stormfront…it was taken from a non partisan source..way to ASSume though”

    John, I call ‘em as I see ‘em. And I’m laughing my head off at your definition of a “non-partisan source.” I notice you haven’t posted it, or answered any of us on this subject.

    Also, I notice you didn’t read the rest of what I wrote, so here it is again:

    “Get out of your parents’ basement, and start actually doing COMMUNITY SERVICE, which is not defined by waging internet flame wars for the “white race.” Taking part in a community anti-litter campaign might be a good start. Also, try giving blood. Who knows? Maybe some of your Aryan corpuscles will rub off on an “untermensch.”

  • CoralSea

    John, if you are referring to my reply to Edward about his “desire” to procure a certificate of his “victimhood,” he may well have been sarcastic, however, my response was not — or at least not totally sarcastic.

    As I indicated, a lot of the blubbering and finger pointing that one sees on the part of “white guys” who somehow believe that others are impinging on their “God-given rights” to respect, money, positions as “boss,” etc. is mind-boggling. A lot of these guys actually DO feel victimized. And they are, to a certain extent — but by their own bloated egos and sense of entitlement.

    I haven’t really paid much attention to your posts — they don’t interest me much, since they are basically run-of-the-mill butthurt tears and belligerence. We’ve read it all before. You have no real solutions and just a lot of half-baked vitriol.

    Have a nice day (and I actually mean that, although it is my hope that your “nice day” will be somewhere other than where I am).

  • Reynardine

    John: you get your ASSume off the throne and flush your cranium. It’s starting to stink.

  • aadila

    I am intrigued by the concept of a “white nationalist Gandhi”.

    I think it would be unlikely for anyone to reach the level of Gandhi’s achievements without first clearing up, at an intellectual level, erroneous distinctions among people, such as defining character by race, and unjustifiable assertions, such as claiming whites are racially disadvantaged in America.

    Therefore, long before any white nationalist could claim parity with Gandhi it seems that errors of perception and false opinions would first fall away. Thus, I believe a white nationalist could indeed become like Gandhi, but not also remain a white nationalist.

  • John

    Justin, so you know exactly what happened that night between Zimmerman and Trayvon? well do tell…..

  • John

    Coral Sea, sarcasm is lost on you..

  • Justin

    The relationship Matt Heimbach has with the skinhead groups in his areas is most concerning. Label 56 headed by Clemie Richard Haught, in Baltimore sponsored a band by Wade Michael Page named End Apathy who went on a mass shooting rampage at the Sikh temple. This shooting was due to he didn’t like minorities in an area he considered his own.
    Michael Page was also a member of the Hammerskins which have a large chapter near Towson, Maryland. These criminals will find any excuse to justify their senseless behavior. Why aren’t the authorities doing anything about these criminals.
    Will it take another Trayvon Martin incident by one of these white supremacists before the authorities take action to start protecting the community from these skinhead patrols.

  • John

    Kiwiwriter, I don’t hang out on Stormfront…it was taken from a non partisan source..way to ASSume though

  • CoralSea

    Edward, you wrote,

    “Ruslan, Kiwi,

    Tell me where I can get a certificate declaring me part of a special victim group. I want to apply.”

    Why do you want to be “part of a special victim group?” This tells me that you really haven’t been a “victim” in any real sense–outside of your own butthurt squawlings that you aren’t being given everything you want, which includes others bowing down before your, well, before whatever you are.

    There are groups that have been truly victimized in this country, although I would say that the majority of the members of such groups don’t go around proclaiming their own victimhood, although they may be rightfully indignant on behalf of others, including their friends, relatives, kids, who have been mistreated for no good reason beyond race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation.

    So stop the boo-hooing and go find something productive to do! Your victimization is just a figment of your own entitled mind.

  • CoralSea

    majii — Thanks for a wonderful post! You explained it all very, very well!

  • Reynardine

    Well, Ruslan, he might be a member of the Eugene committee, though.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    For the record I don’t believe that Edward is that Jason/Annie character. He’s actually making an attempt to construct an argument, but the canned stuff from Stormfront can’t compete with actual knowledge of European history. Not to mention the fact that much of that history is totally irrelevant to race relations in the US.

  • majii

    I was raised in a black middle class family in the South, and I must say that I have no idea what the pro-racist poster is talking about when he stereotypes black women. It is the characteristic of an adult to abstain from stereotyping. Even though I was raised under segregation, I had very forward looking parents who taught me that there is no difference among groups of people. In every group one will find good and bad individuals, criminals and saints (LOL.) The amount of melanin one’s skin contains has no bearing on his/her morality and/or intelligence. The reality is that there is no such concept as race. Race is a social construct, not a biological one. I think that anyone who determines who is/is not a valuable member of society based only on race has a lot of growing up to do. For as long as I can remember, my family has had black, white, and biracial members, and I have accepted them all. Problems only arise when those like the pro-racist poster don’t mind their own business, create problems that don’t exist, and attempt to inject their venom into society, thinking that all those who look like them agree with them. News flash! They don’t. The pro-racist poster knows as much about me and the way I live as he does about the Man in the Moon. Absolutely nothing, but instead of acknowledging this, he writes/speaks as if he’s an expert on the lives of others whom he has admitted he goes out of his way to avoid having any contact with.

  • concernedcitizen

    @Ruslan: you stated, This belonging and identity is something which is very important to many people in America, and if there’s a person who can’t fit in anywhere else due to lack of intelligence, mental problems, etc. yours is the easiest group to belong to; all they have to be is white. So your movement attracts hordes of idiots, which also attracts con-men, because they know they can easily deceive idiots.

    You are so correct! Do you have any idea of how right you are with this very straight forward statement?

    I have seen and witnessed this sort of thing, exactly this sort of thing.

  • concernedcitizen

    @Ruslan, you stated: you stated

    “You say “we” as though white people as a whole are all automatically on the same side. That’s why people like you end up getting screwed again and again throughout history. There are powerful white people in America who couldn’t give two shits about the fact that you and they are both “white.”

    Ruslan you are so very correct! There are some very sweet and loving white people in America that have been friends of mine for many years in my home state and they would never entertain the ignorance that is espoused by some of these idiots who push hate and segregation, etc.,etc.

    It’s about quality of character and being a good friend who does not interfere with the friendships of all of our friends who have varying ethnic and religious backgrounds.

  • concernedcitizen

    @coralsea: you stated, I am “white,” but recently found that I have the 1/16th percentage of African-American blood. So what does that make me?

    Absolutely wonderful.

  • concernedcitizen

    I agree that we need to stop using divisive language when it comes to defining American Citizens. Just assign one label:
    American Citizen.

    What we decide culturally within the context of our families should be private matters.

  • Sam Molloy

    Robert Pinkerton is right, and these people have established their intent publicly. I advise Black people there to travel in two’s, with a cell phone video at the ready. Keeping any wind at your back, and in their face, is a pretty good defense against pepper spray.

  • Kiwiwriter

    “CM said,

    on March 29th, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Newsflash, “John”: Gandhi did not “despise blacks.” Quit doing your fact-checking on Stormfront.

    Reynardine said,

    on March 29th, 2013 at 11:46 am

    John, you are speaking of Gandhi in his younger, pre-activist days. Being pushed off a train in South Africa for being top dark was the beginning of his education in that regard

    Maybe you, like Gandhi, will find enlightenment one day. He, however, was intelligent.”

    I was pretty sure Gandhi did not “despise” blacks once he became politically and socially active. Before he was tossed off the train in South Africa, he was a well-dressed dandy who did everything English-style. However, I lacked the time (and the interest in John’s fascist ravings) to research actual quotes on the subject, so I’m grateful for the support.

    John: You need to get off of Stormfront, get out of your parents’ basement, and start actually doing COMMUNITY SERVICE, which is not defined by waging internet flame wars for the “white race.” Taking part in a community anti-litter campaign might be a good start. Also, try giving blood. Who knows? Maybe some of your Aryan corpuscles will rub off on an “untermensch.”

  • Sam Molloy

    Syl, recent DNA research has proven your statements correct. A White As A Refrigerator redhead in Vermont may have very similar DNA to some Black As A Telephone African, and both may not share such similarity with their similar looking neighbors. Our Government should get with the program and totally stop keeping statistics on Race. They should increase penalties for violent crimes and, if they run out of room, let those charged with Victimless Crimes go free.