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Pulling the Race Card: The Rise of Towson University's White Student Union

Liz Dwyer

Recent Towson University grad Matthew Heimbach says he's not racist. He was simply performing a public service by founding a White Student Union that demanded equality for white people—on a campus where 68 percent of students are white. The WSU also spent time "searching for black predators" during nightly crime patrols—all despite police saying Towson is the safest public university in Maryland. This chilling microdocumentary from Vice takes us inside Heimbach's polite white supremacist world.

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  • Maria Evans

    It's a little silly to headline this "The Rise of Towson University's White Student Union," for many reasons. First of all, it never "rose." It was a loosely organized group of people who were neither embraced nor claimed nor officially recognized by the university because they couldn't secure a faculty adviser, which is required of any group that wants to be recognized officially. Matthew Heimbach was the only Towson student who was part of the "group," and he graduated in May. This group, to put it plainly, does not exist except in its own minds. Your headline is nothing more than pot-stirring.

  • John Wynn

    Liz, the myth of the prevalence of black on white crime persists and is perpetuated by the platform that social media, talk radio, 24 hour news and commentary, provides for people like Mr. Heimbach. I recently had to confront this issue on our community forum. In a thread that I like to refer to as "Loitering While Black"... a heated debate revolved around the issue of whether or not it is right to confront young black men "loitering" around our public parks. I was shocked by the number of people posting on our forum that stated they saw nothing wrong with this practice. The majority of those posting in favor "cited" the "real" threat of black on white crime. Actual crime statistics did nothing to change their position nor did the mention that this was possibly "stereotyping" win anyone over. I am still grappling with how to deal with this issue as we try to bring our community together to move in a more positive direction.