Radical Campus Group Forges Ties to Southern Hate Group

Youth for Western Civilization (YWC), an ultraconservative student group, has long cultivated relationships with white nationalist organizations. Now, the group 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. Its 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 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 is also a student at Towson University, where he leads YWC’s newest chapter, which after much controversy was officially recognized on Sept. 13. In the YouTube video, Heimbach announced that the club hopes to host guest speakers including 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.

According to a post on YWC’s Facebook page, Towson’s YWC chapter will kick off with a “pro-Israel event with resources from the David Horowitz Freedom Center.” Horowitz is a right-wing propagandist who, among other things, organized “Islamofascism Awareness Week,” which brought prominent anti-Muslim activists to college campuses in 2007 and 2008.