GUNS and PROTESTS- Texas University Cancels White Supremacist Rally

GUNS and PROTESTS- Texas University Cancels White Supremacist Rally

Treece says the group's message is repugnant, but the First Amendment protects the groups right to say it.

It wasn't the first such event.

Richard Spencer, a white supremacist and cofounder of the alt-right movement, was slated to speak at the event. It said that "none of the 1200-plus campus organizations invited Preston Wiginton nor did they agree to sponsor his events in December 2016 or on September 11 of this year".

When Wiginton announced his original plans, he did so with a press release headlined "CHARLOTTESVILLE TODAY TEXAS A&M TOMORROW". They moved Monday to bar Wiginton's event from campus after he compared it to the violent demonstration over the weekend in the college town of Charlottesville, Virginia. "But if we do go, it will look like we're fighting for Nazis we don't like".

Rep. Paul Workman, an Austin Republican, said a petition being circulated for A&M graduates in the House was attempting to "keep this from happening on our campus".

There is a high bar for schools to clear if they're claiming a threat to public safety, as Inside Higher Ed reported this April, after the University of California, Berkeley, attempted to stop Ann Coulter from speaking and Auburn University tried to block an appearance by Spencer. But he pushed back, saying he would fight the university in court.

"But when White Lives Matter wants to come to A&M, the student body wants to form a human wall to prevent us from stepping foot on campus, the administration condemns us, and the Texas State Legislature puts pressure on the administration to cancel the event".

The university says the cancellation comes after "consultation with law enforcement and considerable study".

"Texas A&M is assisted here by some of the organizer's own statements", said Rhodes.

"I think it would be pretty hard to prove that [the press release] was a threat of violence", Shibley says.

You may remember when Airbnb blocked the Charlottesville rally attendees from reserving rooms. But Wiginton said he didn't buy that reasoning.

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