Do your research, know your campus
If you are interested in, supportive of, angered by, etc. the idea of a White Student Union, I would like to invite you to do a little research on the following topics:
What are the origins of the Youth for Western Civilization? How is YWC connected to the Leadership Institute and CPAC? Why would these organizations want to support YWC groups on college campuses? How do these organizations (and the idea of a White Student Union) connect to national, state, and local politics?
What is the history of Black Student Unions?
When, where, and why were they founded on U.S. college campuses? Do historically Black colleges and universities (such as Morgan State and Howard) have Black Student Unions?
Why or why not?
What does the term “white” mean in the U.S.? Who gets to be white and who gets to decide? How has the meaning of the term “white” changed over time?
What do these meanings and changes imply for the idea that white people in the U.S. share a “unique cultural heritage [and] folk customs” (Heimbach, Towerlight letter, Sept. 2, 2012)?
I offer this “assignment” as professor, in hopes that if you do this homework you will better understand the context of these issues.
And I offer this assignment as a white American with European heritage, in hopes that it will (to paraphrase a Christian prayer) make each of us an instrument of peace.
May you not so much seek to be consoled as to console, and to be understood, as to understand.