Texas A&M University newspaper, The Battalion, reported on Wednesday that a former student had invited prominent white nationalist (Nazi) Richard Spencer to speak at Texas A&M in December. This comes on the heels of his alt-right (Nazi) gathering in Washington, D.C. just this past week.
After outrage from students, faculty, and alumni, multiple petitions with hundreds of signatures trying to stop the event were signed, but the University’s hands are tied. Texas A&M spokesperson, Amy B. Smith said that no invitation from the University was extended to Spencer.
There has been deep concern expressed by our Aggie community about an individual planning to speak at our campus. To be clear, Texas A&M University – including faculty, staff, students and/or student groups – did not invite this speaker to our campus nor do we endorse his rhetoric in any way. In fact, our leadership finds his views as expressed to date in direct conflict with our core values,” Smith said.
“Private citizens are permitted to reserve space available to the public as we are a public university as is the case here. Public groups must cover all rental expenses so that state resources are not burdened.”
Preston Wiginton, the ex-student behind this so called “event” attended Texas A&M from 2006-2007 before dropping out and moving to Russia (coincidence? I think not). He claims that the white nationalist (can’t they just say NAZI?) movement isn’t about hating other races. It’s about “white pride.”
If we want to have a white state, or a white community or a white homeland we should be able to have that,” Wiginton said. “We respect that for all people. If we look at the NAACP, black people have the right to have that. Why can’t white people have a WAACP?”
Clearly, this idiot should have finished his education – maybe then he would be aware that the “CP” in NAACP stands for “Colored People.” The acronym he was looking for was NAAWP. Just what does he think the “N” stands for?
A&M Senior Rodney Young, who is a member of the TAMU Anti-Racism group, says he recognizes that Spencer is exercising his right to free speech, but he has a big problem with the hate rhetoric that groups like these spread.
When it comes to the whole need for White groups to praise themselves, I feel like it’s really unjustified. Because, in the majority of America, in every state, there’s no need for that,” Young said.
“The reason there are groups like the NAACP and Hispanic organizations and ethnically based organizations is because we’re not acknowledged in our communities. A lot of times, these alt-right groups are created because they have a superiority complex and feel that their superiority is being compromised.”
Well said, Mr. Young.
Hannah Wimberly, Texas A&M Student Body President released a letter signed by 27 student leaders, among them presidents of campus religious groups and the Democratic and Republican clubs – all condemning the event.
Our response as student leaders is this: Hatred and bigotry have no place at Texas A&M.”
Spencer’s event will be held December 6th at Rudder Auditorium rm. 601 at 7pm. I expect that Spencer and his underlings probably won’t receive the warm welcome they’re anticipating. Texas A&M is a community unlike any other Texas community — I have firsthand knowledge of the pride they have in their school and community as a whole and these kids will support each other, no matter what. They will not condone this and there will be protests. I just hope that no one is needlessly hurt because of one man’s inferiority complex.
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