A week after a student group calling itself the White Student Union ‘To create an avenue for people to participate in political, cultural, educational, and social events to celebrate European heritage’ announced plans to begin nighttime patrols of Towson University campus in Maryland to fend off “black predators,” hundreds of students and faculty rallied for peace on Tuesday afternoon, WBAL reports.
The rally was organized by a coalition of student groups, including Be The Change, the Black Student Union, the Student Government Association, the International Student Association and Greek student organizations, the student newspaper The Towerlight reports.
The WSU was not explicitly mentioned at the rally, but WMAR reports it was clear the rally was in response to the white supremacist group. Towson senior Matthew Heimbach started the controversial group in the fall of 2012 and claims to have around 50 members. The group garnered national media attention in March when WSU members defended the institution of slavery at the Conservative Political Action Conference. Towson Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Deb Moriarty reminded students in a campus-wide email last week that the school still does not officially recognize the White Student Union as a student club: It is important for the campus community to know that your concerns regarding activities of the “White Student Union” which has been in the news again, are shared by the University Administration. We continue to take every available opportunity to clarify that there is no established or recognized “White Student Union” (WSU) on Towson University’s campus. MORE