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While it is laudable that Mr. Patel seeks to encourage and defend free speech on campus, he is either incredibly naive or disingenuous when he asserts that Youth for Western Civilization is simply a misunderstood “conservative” organization (“An unlikely leader,” Oct. 8).

As he points out, YWC rails against the imagined dangers of “radical multiculturalism” and demands total assimilation of immigrant populations within their notion of what proper “culture” is.

How can one legitimately stand to try to lead an organization that states explicitly that it does not believe your life experience has value, but that your experience and culture is actually a threat to their own?

Make no mistake about it: The YWC is not a conservative organization. Anyone who calls himself a conservative should rightfully deny it.

It is an organized, student-run hate group that peddles gentlemanly racism and white supremacy. That’s not liberal bias talking, that comes from the organizations mission, the messages it extols, and the speakers it sponsors.

I applaud your sense of courage, Mr. Patel. But don’t degrade yourself by becoming a token for people who not only don’t care about you, but hate you.

Jamaal Green
Graduate student
City and Regional Planning

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