Towson University Students Rally Against "White Student Union"

Towson University Students Rally Against "White Student Union"

Towson University students rally against "White Student Union." Photo by Bill Hughes.
Towson University students rally against "White Student Union." Photo by Bill Hughes.

A group calling itself, the White Student Union, was the subject of three demonstrations, on the Towson University campus on Tuesday afternoon, April 2, 2013. Towson students, who don’t like the group, held their protest earlier in the day at 4 PM, followed by two demonstrations at 6 PM by local human rights and social justice advocates.

At the first rally, a spirited demonstration, this reporter chatted briefly with Towson’s President, Maravene S. Loeschke. She shared her feelings about the students’ rally. She said that she was “proud of her students... and that one student out there giving a lot of misinformation is not us.” President Loeschke added: “There was no accuracy in the reports” coming from the off campus group. Two of the Towson student leaders’ remarks also appear on this tape. The students then marched to demonstrate at two other sites on the sprawling campus. President Loeschke marched with the students.
 
 
The White Student Union organizers advocate segregation and insist that “diversity is not a strength,” according to published reports. It also opposes “same-sex marriage” and supports tougher “border controls.” The leader of the White Student Union is Matthew Heimbach, who is in his junior year at the school.
 
Heimbach has said that his group only promotes “traditional conservative values and is not racist.” He said he advocates “pride” in the culture, not “white power.” The White Student Union supposedly has advocated conducting “night patrols,” on the campus, but critics say that doesn’t make any sense since Towson is “one of the safest colleges in the area.”  Recently, Heimbach has been criticized for allegedly referring to Nelson Mandela, the former leader of South Africa, as a “bloodthirsty tyrant.” The White Student Union is not affiliated with Towson, not registered with it, and recognized by the Student Government Association.  A Towson University press release underscored that many of the students who have aligned themselves with the White Student Union “are not students at the university.”
 
Towson University supports the “First Amendment Rights” of all its students, but it doesn’t understand why in a "predominately white institution" you need to form a white student union.
 
*This reporter was unable to cover the 6 PM demonstrations.