The odious white nationalist leader Richard Spencer spoke on Tuesday evening at Texas A&M University, where he was met with thousands of protesters.
Jeff Paul, a CBSDFW journalist in attendance at the event in College Station, Texas, tweeted an offensive Wi-Fi username which he found on his cell phone when connecting to the Internet.
He wrote, “Found this when I went to connect to a wi-fi connection inside room for Alt Right speaker Richard Spencer at Texas A&M.”
According to the screenshot, the Wi-Fi name in question read, “N***** GENOCIDE.”
The racist slur clearly speaks to the overall sentiments which Spencer propagates as the head of the National Policy Institute, a neo-Nazi organization based in Washington, D.C.
During Spencer's talk, he reportedly said, “At the end of the day, America belongs to white men.” He also asked white people to “embrace their race” and “retake control of America,” a disgusting proposition laden with nothing but hatred and disdain for people outside his own ethnicity.
According to Mashable, the university didn’t invite Spencer to speak, but school officials didn’t prevent him from delivering his speech either. In a statement, Texas A&M President Michael K. Young said, “We have no plans to prohibit the speaker from using the room he has rented.” He also wrote that he found Spencer’s propaganda to be antithetical to everything he believes.
The lecture hall on campus was reportedly rented out by a former Texas A&M student Preston Wiginton, who invited Spencer. CNN reported that Wiginton wanted to spread Spencer’s ill-advised message that “white people face marginalization.”
“Why would I want to see America become less white?” Wiginton said. “Why would I want to be displaced and marginalized?”
The university evidently did not want to hamper free speech, but officials such as Young surely could have anticipated the manifold impact the protests would have on the student population. Students' safety was blatantly disregarded by university officials since the backlash could have easily turned into a hotbed of police violence against angry demonstrators.
Moreover, Young’s disavowal of white nationalism but approval of Spencer’s lecture simply doesn’t add up. What kind of statement was Young trying to make by allowing a neo-Nazi to speak at the university under his jurisdiction? Is the sake of protecting “freedom of speech” really so precious that it’s OK to taint young people’s minds with warped views of contemporary society?
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