TOWSON, Md. -
There is a push to try and stop “security patrols” that the leader of the White Student Union at Towson University has been planning.
Matthew Heimbach is a senior at Towson. He founded the White Student Union at the start of this school year; the university does not recognize the group.
Heimbach says his goal is to stand up for white identity, and promote policies that benefit white students.
C.D. Witherspoon, the head of the local chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference says, he knows what that means.
“This is a ploy for him to specifically target people of color, specifically African-Americans and African-American men,” he said. “This is a white supremacist group. Make no mistake about it.”
Witherspoon says Heimbach’s security patrols touch a nerve. “For people of color, African-Americans in particular, it scares us because those are the types of patrols that took place that wound up with African-American men being pulled out of their beds and lynched,” he said.
Heimbach says his group has more than 50 members, who don't hate other groups -- but they don't feel any need to interact with them.
“The multiculturalism, I don't think it's a strength. I don't think diversity is a strength but it doesn't bother me in my day to day because I just kind of stay with my own crowd,” he said in an interview on Tuesday.
And he says other students should not feel threatened by the security patrols.
“We feel a civic responsibility to help our fellow students,” Heimbach said.
But the Southern Poverty Law Center considers the White Student Union a hate group.
C.D. Witherspoon says he's contacted the FBI to ask for its help. And he plans to meet with administrators at Towson to find out how they can stop the security patrols.
“This group presents a major threat,” he said. “We’re saying those patrols will not happen.”
Heimbach says he still plans to go ahead with his security patrols sometime next week.
Also next week, on Tuesday, a rally to celebrate multiculturalism is scheduled to happen at Towson University.
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