January 16, 2014
At first glance, Matt Heimbach looks like a friendly neighbor, an always-smiling, 22-year-old college graduate who goes to church, and loves country music and drinking beer with his buddies.
But Heimbach is a white separatist who believes that the United States would be a better place if it were divided and went back to segregation. He has been called the future of organized hate in this country.
“Loving one’s people is natural,” he said. “Every other group is allowed to love their race for the best interest of their race. There’s no reason why whites shouldn’t.”
When asked if he considered himself a racist, Heimbach said, “Sure. So what? I call it natural.”
Last year, Heimbach launched a nationwide college recruitment campaign to spread his beliefs and has been on a cross-country trip to form all-white student unions on college campuses. He founded one at his alma mater Towson University, and has plans to visit George Mason University in Virginia, Indiana State in Terre Haute, Ind., and American University in Washington, D.C. this spring.
ABC News went on the road with Matt Heimbach to get a first-hand look at a white separatist’s beliefs. Watch the full story on “Nightline” TONIGHT at 12:35 a.m. ET.