This is our culture -- fight for it. This is our flag -- pick it up. This is our country -- take it back."
And a variety of student groups organized a protest that eventually shut the speech down after just a couple of minutes.FrontPage Magazine. I know, this isn't news. Students tend to protest, and even the fact that police responded with pepper spray and tasers isn't news. But the more I read, the more I realized there is a story here, and not to be overly dramatic, but it sounds a bit like stories coming out of Germany in the 1920s. It's the story of a militant white supremecist student movement called Youth for Western Civilizaton. According to their website (www.westernyouth.org),
Youth for Western Civilization will educate, organize and train activists on campuses across the nation to create a culture that will promote the survival of Western Civilization and pride in Western heritage. This movement is focused on the support of Western history, identity, high culture, and pride and opposition to radical multiculturalism, political correctness, racial preferences, mass immigration, and socialism.Further down on their website, they made me a wee bit nervous since one of their main goals is to
Counter and ultimately defeat leftism on campus by pushing the activist agenda, changing college policies in a conservative or right wing direction, and restoring a curriculum that focuses on Western history, not political correctness. In the long term, we want the majority of students to leave college more right wing than when they arrived. Eventually, we would like to start changing curriculum on campus to restore an emphasis on real education and classical learning, rather than trendy multiculturalism.Funny, but I, as a trendy multicultural sort, want students to leave college more able to think critically and analytically, not think in a particular fashion. My students rarely agree with me about anything, let alone everything. If the goal of this group is to produce a cohort of youth dedicated to preserving the rights and privileges of white foks, then will critical thinking be enough to counter them? Do I need to start organizing trotskyite cells in my spare time? I don't think so, especially since I'm not exactly sure what a trotskyite cell is. And I really do believe in the power of critical thinking. I believe in the power of America's youth to think. But then again, most of the critical theory I teach developed in Germany, the Frankfurt School, just as the Brown Shirts were effectively taking over.