It appears that round 2 of the White nationalists protest will happen in Texas.
White nationalists, neo-Nazis and other extremist groups are planning to hold a “white lives matter” rally at Texas A&M on September 11. Richard Spencer, the white supremacist who helped found the so-called alt-right movement, will speak at this event, according to a local Texas newspaper, the battalion.
The Battalion reports the Texas protest organizer, Preston Wiginton, was inspired by the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. That protest drew a large number of counter protesters and turned violent. One woman was killed and dozens injured when a man with views sympathetic to neo-Nazis deliberately drove his car into a crowd.
“Students are planning a number of various [counter-] protests,” Josh McCormack, editor in chief of the Battalion.
They plan to counter protest with “the maroon wall”, which is basically a human chain, McCormack said. In 2012, members of the controversial Westbrook Baptist Church came to the area to protest a soldier’s funeral at a local church. When they showed up, they were greeted by hundreds of students who linked together to block their view.
Now, a similar maroon wall protest is being organized on Facebook, more than 1,000 students have signed up for it.
“We will be making a silent, outward facing wall around the plaza to protect our students and show that the our commitment to its own is far greater than any force trying to divide us,” the Facebook posts says.
A spokeswoman for the school said Texas A&M doesn’t support the planned rally or Wiginton.
“His views and those of the group he represents are counter to the core values of Texas A&M,” Amy Smith, executive vice president for marketing and communications, 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.”
Spencer spoke at Texas A&M back in December, sparking outrage and protests on campus. The school eventually changed its campus speaker policy because of the controversy over his appearance. During his December appearance, Spencer delivered his message of white supremacy for roughly two hours to a room of 400 people, the vast majority of whom were there in protest.
“At the end of the day, America belongs to white men,” he said at the time.
Video below with NBA legend Charles Barkley shows how Richard Spencer’s words can surely tempt many people to punch him in the face.