The student behind a controversial White Student Union at Towson University claims that the group is necessary to fight "inherent anti-white bias in academia and mainstream society."
The group, started by Towson senior Matthew Heimbach, has sparked a debate about the balance between students' First Amendment rights and clamping down on what many have condemned as racism at the Maryland University.
Heimbach is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a "white nationalist" who has argued black hate crimes against whites exponentially outnumber white-on-black hate crimes.
The panel who spoke with Heimback included the Southern Poverty Law Center's Lecia Brooks; Harvard student Julian Lewis; journalist and advocate for "racial realism," Jared Taylor; and Lehigh University Professor James Peterson.
Heimback argues that "every single other ethnic group has an advocacy group for themselves. We have a black student union, a Hispanic student union, an Asian student union. We have groups for every other group of people except for white students. So if white students are allowed to come together and advocate for our own best interests simply would bring us into the realm that every single other group is allowed."
Brooks put forward an opposing point of view: "The differences between a white student union or a white group ... you see it as you want to defend what you think you are losing. Whereas people of color or other marginalized groups organize around a common interest." She also said that both Taylor and Heimback were advocates of white supremacy and white separatism.
Watch the full segment below.
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