Youth for Western Civilization (YWC) is a campus organization whose motto is “defending the West on campus.” Support for YWC partially comes from the Leadership Institute, a right-wing training and financing organization. YWC’s leader Kevin DeAnna is a deputy field director for the Leadership Institute. Organizational ties run the gamut from Richard Spencer, the director of the white nationalist National Policy Institute and editor of Alternative Right website, to Congressman Tom Tancredo. Tancredo founded the Congressional Immigration Reform Caucus, a group that has received support from John Tanton and Federation for American Immigration Reform.
Youth for Western Civilization is not only tied to a national base of controversial leaders, they have some equally nasty friends abroad. Next month the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) plans to write an exposé on YWC documenting its ties to the white nationalist movement. Their report will likely include an analysis of the implications of the group’s partner organizations abroad.
Taylor Rose, for example, is a member of the Liberty University chapter of YWC. He appeared on May 7th at the international anti-Islamic demonstration, the “March for Freedom” in Cologne, Germany. The march is sponsored by Cities Against Islamization, a coalition of various far-right groups, some of whose members have been officially declared extremist by European authorities. Cities Against Islamization seeks to stem immigration from Middle Eastern countries and the influence of Islam on European civilization.
The group held events in European cities against the Park51 mosque project in Lower Manhattan.
This is not the first time Taylor Rose has been identified with European extremists. He has met with the far-right Belgian political party Vlaams Belang, members of PRO NRW (North Rhineland-Westphalia) and PRO Köln, all of which are classified as “right-wing extremist” by German authorities. Members of Vlaams Belang have traveled to the US before and met with the anti-immigrant group, Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a prominent member of the Tanton Network.
According to YWC’s blog, Rose attended “March for Freedom” as a representative for the international alliance between YWC, the Tea Party and European extremists.
Rose states it most clearly himself: “It would only make sense that a nation that stands for freedom would have a representative there, cheering on the advancing movement of the new European right-wing.”
Youth for Western Civilization’s ties to political extremists home and abroad threaten those who continue the struggle to defend inclusiveness, diversity and freedom on our campuses and in our communities. As the latest expose in MSNBC indicates, Youth for Western Civilization’s agenda will not go unchecked.