Right Wing Campus Group Sides with South African White Nationalists
Youth for Western Civilization aka “YWC” is a Leadership Institute sponsored and League of the South-friendly white nationalist campus youth group, so it’s no surprise that they would take a page from Pamela Geller’s and Vlaams Belang’s books to side with white nationalism in South Africa.
A sign from VB youth group meeting room, roughly translated “Solidarity with White South Africa”
As with most of the “new youth activism” on the right, the group comes with mournful plaints of white and christian victim-hood coupled with both real(foreign) and imaginary (US) injustices adopted from hate groups in the South and imported from the ethnocentric and xenophobic European far right.
These youth are inspired by a heady mix of anti-choice and dominionist zealotry brewed together with far right blood and soil conservatism like that espoused by Amren, the Rockford Institute, and others. So their main themes are anti-immigrant, anti-choice, anti-muslim, and highly ethnocentric. It’s the echo of Breivik brought West.
Indeed, there is violence. Genocide Watch, an international organization that studies global genocide, has reported heavily on South Africa in recent years. In 2010, the website reported on a petition asking for the United Nations to intervene in the country.
“No doubt that the perpetrators of the crime against humanity of apartheid has [sic] become the victims of those people whom they oppressed during the years of apartheid,” the petition read.
But YWC takes that one step further. Instead of seeing the violence as an unfortunate byproduct of a complicated struggle for national unity after years of brutal division in South Africa, these Young Turks of the far right argue that multiculturalism doesn’t work — and the violence is proof enough.
Unsurprisingly, Heimbach is no stranger to white nationalism. A member of the neo-Confederate League of the South (LOS) and a student at Towson State University in Maryland, he has compared YWC’s mission as a stand against “rampant multiculturalism.” Last summer, he wrote that there was an organized network of radical Islamists “pushing for Islamic domination over Christianity and the entire Western world.” He went on to call on “Westerners” to “resist the destruction of our entire way of life.”
This article, it’s worth noting, is no different in its tone. And it comes as YWC prepares to share a platform next month with other conservative leaders at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, D.C. At last year’s CPAC, YWC held a panel discussion on the marginalization of white Americans, during which the group’s honorary chairman, former congressman Tom Tancredo, described immigration as “a dagger aimed at the heart of Western civilization.”
It’s also noteworthy that the YWC leader, Heimbach, appears to be groomed by the same “Leadership Institute”, that gave us race baiter and fake outrage agit prop artist James O’Keefe. Here you see Heimbach’s YWC group with their version of the war on Christmas. It’s also noteworthy the the Leadership institute sponsors similar groups, on other campus’ they brand themselves as “YAF” instead of YWC.