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Texas A&M Students Protest White Nationalist Leader’s Speech

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Texas A&M Students Protest White Nationalist Leader’s Speech

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (Reuters) – Texas A&M University students and activists protested against a speech on Tuesday by white nationalist Richard Spencer, who was filmed at a conference last month saying “Hail Trump”, drawing Nazi-like salutes from some spectators.

About 1,000 demonstrators waved flags, marched, sang songs and shouted through loudspeakers outside the Memorial Student Center on the campus, where Spencer was speaking, as state police in riot gear stood by, blocking them from entering.

Caitlin Miles, a 26-year-old graduate student, stood on top of a box and yelled over the sound of tambourines and trumpets, telling her fellow demonstrators not to engage with any Spencer supporters.

“He has made a lot of remarks and promoted chants that hail back to Nazi slogans. This is a campus that sacrificed nearly half of its student body to fight Nazis,” Miles told Reuters.

Spencer, president of the National Policy Institute, has said the opposition around his speech is a testament to the reach of the so-called alt-right movement, a loose grouping characterized by a rejection of mainstream politics that includes neo-Nazis, white supremacists and anti-Semites.

“They might think that they’re drowning us out, but they’re doing the exact opposite,” Spencer said in an interview.

After last month’s filmed event in Washington D.C., President-elect Donald Trump disavowed the group and sought to distance himself from its views.

The university in College Station, Texas, said its leaders explored whether it could legally prohibit Spencer’s event, but ultimately recognized its obligation to uphold free speech, university spokeswoman Amy Smith said.

Spencer was invited to the campus by university alumnus Preston Wiginton, a prominent white supremacist, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate speech.

“With the Trump election, white people in America have shown concern over political events of immigration and white people being displaced and marginalized,” Wiginton said in an interview. “To me, part of Spencer being here is part of that concern.”

(Reporting by Lisa Maria Garza in College Station Editing by Colleen Jenkins)

IMAGE: People protest on the day white nationalist leader Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute is due to speak on campus at an event not sanctioned by the school, at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, U.S. December 6, 2016. REUTERS/Spencer Selvidge

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  1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth December 7, 2016

    Richard Spence, Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, David Duke, Roger Stone, are now the official face of the GOP. Let’s not pussyfoot about this anymore and acknowledge that this is the “face” that the GOP has endeavored surreptitiously for decades to adopt, but were too ashamed to admit it openly—and now there should be no doubt that what support was slowly building up since the departure of the “Dixiecrats” to the GOP was seen evident long ago by more observant and astute observers.

    The more outward show of support by these human misfits for the GOP and for Trump, the better. To the GOP, we say—“Adopt your comrades with open arms and be a man about who you are and what you stand for”.

    There is no room for the GOP who refuse to disavow this support they’ve garnered from racists, no room for racists and other intemperate allies in this forum, and all other racist/Trump sympathizers in “The Red Zone” of America under the Tent of Christianity, or any other Religion. Either you stand with Jesus, Muhammad, Baha’u’llah, and all the other Messengers whose united Message refutes racist ideologies, hate, bigotry, misogyny, and other debased thoughts, or you stand opposed to Jesus and the others. There is no fence-sitting, nor will be a “card-carrying Baptist” or whatever will suffice. (For jihadists and Syrians/Iranians who perpetrate crimes against fellow Muslims, and against the Baha’is and other religious minorities in your realms, the same applies to you and your relationship to Muhammad(pbuh) ).

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  2. Otto T. Goat December 7, 2016

    What a bunch of crybabies these protesters are.

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  3. Thoughtopsy December 7, 2016

    The vast hypocrisy of the morally crippled “alt-right” white supremacists is this:

    If they were on the other side of the world they are trying to create… they would HATE it. They would whine, complain about human rights, and fairness, and riot and probably die in a hail of police bullets that would go unreported by Fox News.

    This is the giant flaw of the racist. Their plan is only good if it works for them.
    Everyone else can go get f**ked.
    In short, it’s selfish, genetically narcissistic and sociopathic… so it’s fitting Trump is seen as it’s figurehead.

    If you think I’m wrong… imagine for a while what the response of Richard Spencer and his skinhead friends would be if all the African Americans took over the country, and decided to deport all the white people back to their country of “origin”.

    Let that marinate for a while.

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