Texas A&M Cancels ‘White Lives Matter’ Rally

After state lawmakers denounced hatred following the Charlottesville white nationalist protests, Texas A&M University cancelled an upcoming white supremacist rally on campus.

Republican Rep. John Raney said A&M University Chancellor John Sharp decided to cancel the event because of concerns police would be stretched thin providing security.

Former A&M student, Preston Wiginton, organized a series of “white lives matter” rallies in Texas, saying he felt inspired by the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally on Saturday.

Wigington originally invited white nationalist Richard Spencer to address the crowd at the Texas A&M rally.

According to the Associated Press, the cancellation came shortly after Democrat Rep. Hellen Giddings of Dallas, Texas, gave a speech urging university administrators to “unequivocally denounce and fight against this violent group.”

The white nationalist groups still allowed to meet on campus because of their First Amendment right. However, Republican Sen. Charles Schwertner expressed “the First Amendment also allows us to respond in kind, to stand up and say what we believe as a society, as Americans and as Texans. We should not stand for bigotry, for violence, for racism.”

  • Contributed by Devyn Rorie

WHUR Contributor

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