Youth for Western Civilization

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Youth for Western Civilization (YWC) was a right-wing student group focused on countering radical multiculturalism, socialism and mass immigration on American campuses. At its height the group had a presence on nine college campuses. Leftists claimed the group is engaging in racism and hate speech. They said the term "Western" is used to mean "White" and the group uses a fascist-type logo.

The group’s honorary chairman is former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo, a staunch opponent of illegal immigration.

The Southern Poverty Law Center said the organization was not on their hate list but considered the group's views to be "suspect." SPLC spokewoman Heidi Beirich said, "We're definitely monitoring them. We will look at them for hate group status."

The group's founder was Kevin DeAnna. He led the group until his resignation in February 2012, on the grounds that he was old, and the group stagnated and folded for want of leadership. In its heyday, Youth for Western Civilization had chapters at American University, Vanderbilt University, Washington State University, Liberty University, Bentley University, the University of Rhode Island, Boise State University, and the University of Idaho, along with an unrecognized chapter at Providence College that was voted down by the student government.[1][2] YWC remains listed as a student organization at the University of Idaho[3] and Liberty University,[4] but these chapters appear inactive.

Former chapter leaders Taylor Rose and Matthew Heimbach have remained active since the decline of Youth for Western Civilization.[5] In its brief period of flourishing, it may be seen as a gateway organization that led several promising young men into the liberation struggle of the West.

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  1. Mark Potok and Evelyn Schlatter. The Company They Keep Intelligence Report, Fall 2011, Issue Number: 143. Southern Poverty Law Center. Accessed February 9, 2013.
  2. Meghan Conway. Youth for Western Civilization Defeated The Cowl. December 10, 2009. Accessed February 11, 2013.
  3. Youth for Western Civilization at the University of Idaho Accessed February 10, 2013.
  4. Student Advocate Office | StudentClubOrganizations | Liberty University Accessed February 10, 2013.
  5. YWC Leaders Stay Active, Despite Recent Events | Hatewatch | Southern Poverty Law Center June 19, 2012. Accessed February 11, 2013.

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