Due to the controversial nature of the recent post regarding YWC, and its implications, the editors decided that it is important to allow YWC to respond. Therefore, we are providing an outlet for their response to accusations made by CRdaily. Let us be clear, however, and say that we are in no way endorsing the YWC or its aims. This is a non-biased, neutral outlet for the president of the UNC Youth for Western Civilization club, Riley Matheson to respond to what he asserts to be inaccuracies reported on this blog.
Below is an interview with Riley Matheson as recorded over email. I have listed the questions first, and then his response in its entirety:
1. Can you please elaborate upon what YWC means by “western culture?”
2. Can you please elaborate upon what YWC mean by “mass immigration?” Are you specifically referring to illegal immigration or all forms of legal and illegal immigration?
3. What does right wing mean to your organization? Is it synonymous with conservative?
4. Is your organization related in anyway to the Neo-Nazi or White Supremacist movement? Specifically, what is the significance of your logo?
5. You have been accused of being a White Supremacist, is this accusation true?
6. What does the YWC mean by “identity” and celebrating it?
7. What does racism mean to your organization? And does your organization fit into that category?
1. YWC means by Western Civilization exactly what liberals at this University mean by the term. We typically think of the beginning of Western Civilization’s history as beginning with the indigenous cultures of traditionally Western peoples, such as the ancient Greeks, the Romans, and the Northern, Central, and Eastern Europeans. These peoples gave rise to the Civilization which we universally refer to as “Western.” Of course, anyone of any racial ancestry has the right and capability of participating in this Western tradition, but it originally started with Europeans. In other words, while it is an historical fact that Western Civilization started with indigenous European peoples, this doesn’t mean that only European peoples can now participate in it.
2. By “mass immigration,” YWC simply refers to the huge and unprecedented amount of immigration that the West is now experiencing–illegal or legal. While we are not against immigration per se, we recognize that immigrants naturally stimulate changes in the societies to which they migrate. This being the case, we believe that Western societies need to be careful to assimilate fully the immigrants whom they decide to accept. If the immigrants are not properly assimilated, they will end up irrevocably changing the indigenous Western culture to which they migrated. Allow me to quote from Pat Buchanan’s book “The Death of the West” on this point: ” ‘Why should Pennsylvania, founded by the English, become a Colony of Aliens, who will shortly be so numerous as to Germanize us instead of our Anglifying them…?’ [Benjamin] Franklin would never find out if his fears were justified. German immigration was halted during the Seven Years War.” Here, Buchanan is obviously quoting Ben Franklin, who was concerned about the indigenous culture of the English being “Germanized.” It’s not that Franklin was “racist” against the Germans (after all, they were members of the same race), it’s just that he wanted to make sure that the Germans who were already in America were properly and effectively “Anglified.” That’s how we see America’s situation now. America is a branch of the tree of Western Civilization, yet it must be recognized that we are ONE NATION and we have our own unique identity in the West, and, indeed, in the world. We have a right to have a specifically American identity that is unique to us as a people. We therefore want America’s immigrants to be “Americanized.” And if we accept too many immigrants, we simply won’t be able to Americanize them well/fast enough–they will end up changing us more than we will change them, which will make our nation unrecognizable to our ancestors.
3. Basically, “right wing” is synonymous with “conservative.” However, in light of the ever-changing “conservative” identity (which typically moves farther and farther left (liberal) every year it seems), such social conservatives as those at YWC (who are more “paleo-conservative” than anything else) are starting to prefer to refer to themselves as “right wing.” Being “right wing” also seems to us to be a statement that we are more traditionally conservative (e.g., we are against current U.S. military policies, even though most self-identifying conservatives are not; we also take such things as illegal immigration much more seriously than do most self-identifying conservatives).
4. We are not in any way, shape or form connected to or related to Neo-Nazi or White Supremacist movements. These current accusations circulating UNC’s campus are completely slanderous. I’ve spent about the last hour scouring the web, and I can find no image related to ours that would suggest that we are white supremacist on account of our logo. Perhaps our logo can be called a fasces, but this needn’t be a symbol of fascism. It really is a symbol of the autonomy of America as a distinct nation in the world. In our land, we have jurisdiction. In fact, even the Knights of Columbus have a fasces in their emblem. Are they white supremacists?
5. Are you addressing me personally? Either way, I can assure you that neither I nor YWC is white supremacist. I would appreciate it if you could give me the source of this accusation.
6. By “identity,” we mean anyone who is proud to identify himself with Western heritage, culture and civilization. Anyone can do this if he so wishes.
7. Racism is the hatred of a person on account of his race. I almost find it offensive that I have to state continuously that we don’t hate anyone on account of his/her race. YWC IS NOT ABOUT RACE!!!!!!!!!!!