Matthew Heimbach and Jared Taylor recently appeared on Huff Post Live to discuss the formation of the White Student Union (WSU) at Towson University. Mr Heimbach is the organiser of the group, a Southern nationalist and a frequent guest on the SNN podcast. Mr Taylor keeps the site American Renaissance and was the WSU’s guest speaker at a recent on-campus event. Marc Lamont Hill, a young Black journalist, asked the questions and came across for the most part as professional and courteous. The panel also included an African Studies professor (who was critical of Heimbach and Taylor), a Black college student from Howard University (a historically Black college) and a spokeswoman for the notoriously anti-White and anti-Southern organisation known as the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
The discussion was going fairly well until the SPLC spokeswoman was brought on. She immediately began calling Heimbach and Taylor names (such as ‘White supremacist’ – a label she repeatedly threw at Heimbach and Taylor despite their denial of this label) and said they were liars. She also, as the SPLC is wont to do, kept trying to ‘connect’ them to ‘hate groups,’ organisations with which her group disagree. In the course of the lengthy discussion several controversial issues that centre around racial politics were brought up: affirmative action, crime rates, White genocide, etc.
Towards the end of the discussion the SPLC spokeswoman twice mentioned Heimbach’s ‘connections’ to the League of the South. Heimbach spoke up in defence of the League, which she had characterised as being a ‘hate group,’ and made the point that the League is a Southern nationalist organisation and promotes Southern identity. When he did so the host, Mr Hill, commented that it also promoted ‘White supremacy.’ Heimbach was not given an opportunity to respond to this charge. To be fair, the League was not the centre of debate in the discussion; it was just one of many side topics that came up. However, it was refreshing to hear someone speak up in defence of Southern nationalism and use our term rather than accept the terminology of our enemies (such as the SPLC). It was also refreshing to hear pointed condemnations of the SPLC by Heimbach and Taylor. The snide demeanor of the SPLC spokeswoman surely worked against her. Meanwhile, Heimbach very capably handled himself and was not thrown off balance by the overwhelmingly hostile panel that Huff Post Live had assembled against him and Taylor.