White Student Union returns to campus
The controversial White Student Union has resurfaced on Towson’s campus with plans to conduct random nighttime patrols, which members say are for students’ protection.
Some members of the group, equipped with flashlights, will conduct on-campus safety walks, and female members will carry pepper spray in an attempt to protect students from various crimes like sexual assaults and robberies, WSU President Matthew Heimbach said.
“One thing we’re doing at night is to have a male member accompany female members across campus or to night classes,” Heimbach said. “Not because we’re terrified, but in college everyone is focused on themselves. We just want to make campus a better place. If we see a white person commit a crime against a person who is not white, we’re going to assist the person who was attacked every time.”
Despite multiple attempts, Towson University Police could not be reached for comment on the legality of these patrols.
Heimbach said female members have also been enrolling in self-defense classes, and members have been going to local gun ranges as a group, but not in a “military way,” Heimbach said.
He said group members would carry no weapons on the nighttime walks.
Though the group could not find a faculty adviser and therefore cannot be a University affiliated organization, administration has allowed the group to meet and use University facilities, despite community outcry.
In the fall semester, Heimbach rented the Chesapeake rooms so a guest speaker, self-described “racial realist” Jared Taylor, could conduct a lecture on how diversity is not a strength.
The WSU also made national headlines over spring break when several members attended the Conservative Political Action Conference.
A number of group members attended a panel entitled “Trump the Race Card: Are You Sick and Tired of Being Called a Racist and You Know You’re Not One?”
During that panel, Scott Terry, a member of the WSU, spoke out against K. Carl Smith, the host of the panel. Terry said the Republican party needs to focus more on the white vote.
“The white, blue-collar vote is being completely ignored by Republicans,” Heimbach said after the event. “That vote is being alienated from the Republican party. We wanted to talk about the winning formula of the free market economy, and that’s why we went to that forum in the first place.”
The liberal blog ThinkProgress posted the exchange between Smith and Terry on their blog Friday, and interviewed Terry after the panel.
ThinkProgress asked Terry if he’d “accept a society where African-Americans were permanently subservient to whites,” to which he responded, “I’d be fine with that.”
Heimbach said the whole interview wasn’t posted on the blog, and Terry’s words were taken out of context.
“The conversation was much longer,” he said. “Unfortunately it doesn’t seem like anyone got the whole thing. The main discussion was based on the fact that we as Republicans could be Booker T. Washington Republicans. What that means is we can have different cultural values, but there’s no reason we need this multicultural society. As Republicans we can be united in traditional values, it doesn’t mean we need to force this political mindset on anyone.”
Heimbach said the WSU’s appearance at CPAC is the first in a number of initiatives the group plans to pursue during the remainder of this semester – including the night walks and advocating both on and off campus for stricter immigration laws.
The group members plan to hand out fliers and talk to students one-on-one about these and other political issues.
Most recently, Heimbach posted on the WSU blog that he and members of his group have been receiving death threats, but goes on to say that they “will not surrender,” signing the post as “Commander Heimbach.”