The “White Student Union” that caused a racial stir at CPAC earlier this month says it’s conducting night patrols at a Baltimore-area university to guard against what it sees as rising “black on white crime.”

Towson University doesn’t officially recognize the student organization, which made national headlines after one of its members questioned what Frederick Douglass’s former owner needed to be forgiven for: “For giving him food and shelter?” Scott Terry asked the question during a panel at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Now, group founder Matthew Heimbach says the White Student Union — which has been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center — will take up its own patrols to combat the “very large problem of black-male-against-white-female crime,” he told the Baltimore Sun.

He said the group plans to go out a few nights a week, arming the men with heavy-duty flashlights and the women with pepper spray. He told the Sun they will attempt citizen’s arrests if they witness a “violent felony” but will mostly just inform police of crimes. Heimbach did not immediately return a request for comment from TheBlaze.

“The goal is not to go out and intimidate, the goal is not to go out and prove something, the goal is just to be an extra set of eyes and ears for the [Towson] community at large,” Heimbach told the newspaper, and said the group will also help any victims they find who are not white.

It’s a more measured tone than the White Student Union expressed last month, when they posted a blog entry titled “Black Crime Wave Continues!” that stated: “For those who are not Towson students it seems hard to fathom that every single day black predators prey upon the majority white Towson University student body.”

“White Southern men have long been called to defend their communities when law enforcement and the State seem unwilling to protect our people. The virtue of white Christian womanhood is under attack at Towson University by degenerate criminals seeking to rob our women of their God given innocence,” the post said.

Towson University officials have said they are stepping up their campus police presence in the wake of the White Student Union’s announcement, though did not indicate whether it was a direct response to the group’s activities, according to WMAR-TV.

University officials also disputed the high-crime characterization, saying its campus has some of the lowest crime rates in Maryland.

“We do not encourage the general public to take the law into their own hands for both their personal safety and legal protection,” the university said.

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