A “White Lives Matter Rally”
that was set to take place on Texas A&M’s campus on
September 11 has been canceled.
The rally’s organizer, Preston Wiginton, claimed prominent white
nationalist Richard Spencer would attend the event. Wiginton, a
51-year-old alumnus of Texas A&M, organized Spencer’s earlier
visit to the school last December.
“After consultation with law enforcement and considerable
study, Texas A&M is cancelling the event scheduled by Preston
Wiginton at Rudder Plaza on campus on September 11 because of
concerns about the safety of its students, faculty, staff, and
the public,” the university said in a statement on Monday.
Wiginton said the rally was inspired by the
demonstrations in Charlottesville over the weekend that
turned deadly, according to The Battalion.
“The event will be to protest the liberal anti-white agenda
which includes white guilt which leads to white genocide,”
Wiginton told The Batallion. “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.”
Amy Smith, Executive Vice President for Communications, told the
Battalion that the school does not agree with Wiginton’s ideas.