A freshman student from Alabama, Patrick Sharp recently founded an informal “White Student Union” on the campus of Georgia State University in Atlanta. According to newspaper reports, Sharp, started the group to celebrate white identity.
In an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Sharp argued that as whites inevitably become a minority in the United States, they should not back away from expressing pride in the white race and white heritage. His statement echoes the views of a number of American white supremacists.
Later in the same interview, Sharp revealed that his inspiration for starting the White Student Union was racist Matthew Heimbach, who founded the White Student Union at Towson University in Maryland in 2012. Sharp viewed videos of Heimbach, who has been the subject of media attention. A recent short documentary on Heimbach created by the alternative news service VICE has almost 300,000 views on YouTube.
Heimbach is no longer the White Student Union leader at Towson, but runs the Traditionalist Youth Network (TYN) with white supremacist Matt Parrott, the former head of the Indiana branch of the white supremacist organization Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC) and the white supremacist political party American Freedom Party (AFP).
According to Parrott, TYN is “the first attempt to adapt the European New Right’s ideals to the American context for street action, and it already includes an impressive selection of America’s most active and respected young street activists and public advocates.” The group appears to be modeled after Generation Identitaire, the youth movement arm of the far-right French political party Bloc Identitaire, led by Fabrice Robert. The website for the Georgia State White Student Union links to TYN, calling it “our sister organization.”
Sharp’s online footprint indicates that he shares the ideology of Parrott and Heimbach. Sharp’s Facebook page shows that he “likes” a slew of European far-right political parties, figures and movements including Fabrice Robert, Generation Identitaire and Jobbik, a virulently anti-Semitic Hungarian political party that once called for the creation of a list of Jews in Hungary who pose a “national security risk.”
Sharp also has also posted extreme comments on Facebook. In a posting dated December 1, 2011, Sharp wrote “I hope more Americans, and ESPECIALLY Europeans begin to wake up to the threat that is Islam. There is no place for Islam in the West.” In another post dated February 8, 2012, Sharp wrote, “The people carrying out these programs of White Genocide say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-White. Anti-racist is a code word for anti-White!” In addition, Sharp has a profile on the website of the white supremacist publication American Renaissance published by racist Jared Taylor.
While Sharp is one example of a college student inspired by emerging young leaders in the white supremacist movement in the United States such as Matt Parrott and Matthew Heimbach, it remains to be seen whether American racists can successfully create an actual youth movement in this country modeled after far-right European youth movements.