White nationalists aren’t planning to roll back their platform despite the terrorism that was incited at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, this week.
White supremacist leader Richard B. Spencer will headline a “White Lives Matter” rally at Texas A&M University on Sep. 11. The race activist organizing the event, Preston Wiginton, confirmed Spencer’s attendance Sunday, just one day after 32-year-old Heather Heyer was killed when an alleged race activist drove a vehicle through a crowd of people protesting the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. Wiginton, claiming the event isn’t “anti-black” but “anti-liberal.”
“The event will be to protest the liberal anti-white agenda which includes white guilt which leads to white genocide,” Wiginton told The Battalion, Texas A&M’s student newspaper. “And the other purpose of the event will be to sponsor white identity and white pride in which white lives do matter. This is not an anti-brown event or anti-black event, this is an anti-liberal event.”
Texas A&M’s executive vice president of marketing and communications, Amy Smith, firmly denounced Wiginton’s political stance but defended his right to free speech.
“His views and those of the group he represents are counter to the core values of Texas A&M,” Smith told The Battalion. “While he has the right of free speech, so too do we have the right to refute those views and get on with the daily business of a world class university.”
Whenever there is a white nationalist rally, there are sure to be counter protests. Movements are already being organized online to take place near Rudder Plaza on the school’s campus.
“This tone-deaf rally is positively contrary to our values as a campus and serves only to harass our fellow Aggies of colour,” counter-protest organizers wrote on Facebook, using a collective noun describing Texas A&M students and graduates. “We will be making a silent, outward facing wall around the plaza to protect our students and show that the Aggie Family’s commitment to its own is far greater than any force trying to divide us.”
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