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Dec 2, 16

Texas A & M: Shut Down Richard Spencer December 6th

From Anti-Fascist News

For Texas anti-fascists, the most notorious alt-right fascist leader in the country has been invited by a former student to speak at Texas A & M. Preston Wiginton, 51 years old and a former student (he attended in his 40s) has asked Richard Spencer of the National Policy Institute and Radix Journal to come and speak, despite a general lack of approval from the student body and the administration. Wiginton has organized several other events and is a long time white supremacist, crossing over into the violent skinhead world of the Hammerskins. Several years ago, Wiginton won the “strongest skinhead” award at a Hammerskin event.

While the event with Spencer is not at all officially endorsed by the school in any way, he will be speaking at Memorial Student Center (275 Joe Routt Blvd).  The exact room has yet to be announced, but they will be announcing it shortly before the event to avoid being shut down by anti-fascists.  Since the exact room will be broadcast eventually, it will be available to counter-organizers.

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In response to the white nationalist event on campus, the president of the university decided to make a statement and open up the stadium for a large event in celebration of diversity and against racism.

Texas A&M President Michael K. Young announced Tuesday the university will host a campus-wide “Aggies United” event Dec. 6 in response to a planned appearance by a controversial leader from the white nationalist movement.

Young said there has been “a significant outpouring of concern by members of the Aggie community and beyond” regarding the non-university affiliated event featuring Richard Spencer.

”Students, faculty, staff, former students and members of the community expressed their outrage over the speaker’s previously-expressed views and have roundly condemned everything for which he seems to stand,” Young said in a statement.

The “Aggies United” event is scheduled to take place at Kyle Field from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will be open to students, faculty and staff as well as the public.

Texas, Spencer’s home state, has been on a roll of rejecting him recently.  His high school, St. Marks Academy, recently did a fundraiser to benefit refugees entering the country, specifically naming Spencer as someone they wanted to disassociate their school’s name from.  His classmates have roundly condemned him and it seems that just about everyone from this part of his past has treated him like the pariah he is. Texas A&M will be no different.

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Preston Wiginton (R), long time white supremacist

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