Check out this photo of Daniel Kleve hanging out with KKK Grand Wizard David Duke pic.twitter.com/f1WtccjmmO— UNL Against Hate (@UNLAgainstHate) February 6, 2018
Daniel J. Kleve is a white nationalist advocate whose activism is well-known around his Nebraska campus. Now that a video has surfaced showing Kleve apparently making threats, both students and reporters are wondering why the University of Nebraska-Lincoln isn’t doing enough to address the complaints.
On Twitter, journalist Shaun King shared a video depicting the 23-year-old and his well-documented activities.
Dear @UNLincoln,— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) February 6, 2018
You are aware that Dan Kleve, one of your students, is a violent white supremacist. In this video he openly says he wants more violence and is waiting for the right opportunity to strike.
Your students want to know why you are so strongly protecting him. pic.twitter.com/JmnQWQCDpP
In August, Kleve came to the attention of activists from the Anti-Fascist Action Nebraska by participating in the deadly Charlottesville rally. In an online hangout, Kleve was seen telling other white nationalists that he is the “most active white nationalist in the Nebraska area.”
As he told the other participants that he doesn’t look like a white nationalist because of how he presents himself, he said that “doesn’t mean that I don’t love violence.”
He then added: “You don’t have to look like a violent person to be violent.”
After the video was shared on Twitter and people like King complained about Kleve’s behavior, Twitter banned his account. But the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has yet to do something about their now infamous student.
Online, many lawmakers, athletes, and students reacted in shock after the video surfaced.
Rest assured I have been in touch with the University about this matter.— Senator Adam Morfeld (@Adam_Morfeld) February 6, 2018
So we have to wait around until he seriously injuries or kills someone before something is done? Even though he clearly said in the video he likes violence....— Austin Rack-O Rose (@Austin_23_Rose) February 6, 2018
@UNLincoln We must to DO BETTER and hold each member of our campus to higher standards so that each student feels that they are in a safe and accepting place. Daniel Kleve must be held accountable for his words and actions.— nicki hawthorne (@nickihawthorne) February 6, 2018
The lack of leadership and action by @UNLincoln over the Daniel Kleve situation and the dangers that he and those associated with him is troubling, if safety of students is number one, why the lack of action? @RonnieDGreen @Adam_Morfeld— Brian Gould (@BrianGouldd) February 6, 2018
On Monday evening, a group of students gathered at the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center to watch the video together. Sydnii Washington, a sophomore who was one of the 30 students gathered to see their colleague talk about his hateful ideology, said many of her friends are worried.
“People have classes with him, people have been frustrated, he’s open with his thoughts about people of color, or as he calls it, white genocide,” she said. “The teachers allow it and it makes students of color very uncomfortable.”
Despite the complaints and concerns raised with the school’s police and administrators, nothing has been done. Even after the student was seen with members of Vanguard America, a white supremacist group, during the Charlottesville rally.
According to one student who was not named, the student’s involvement in the rally should be seen as a violation of the university’s code of conduct, which states that “violence is unacceptable in or out of school.”
In order to address this problem and press the school to act, students decided to hold a rally on Wednesday, bringing others who are concerned about their safety to the Nebraska Union Plaza.
According to the unidentified student, the event will raise awareness about racial intolerance.
“The hope was the university would act before there had to be a large outcry,” the student explained. “They didn’t, and the response for the student body indicated there needed to be student action.”
In a statement released on Tuesday, the university assured the media that the “safety of our students, faculty, and staff is of utmost importance” to UNL officials.
“The campus is comprised of people of diverse backgrounds, with different life experiences,” UNL’s statement also said. “We encourage civil and respectful discussion of ideas and opinions.”
Despite the school’s comments, it’s clear that it took officials and university police a great deal of time for the concerns to be addressed and for the school to disassociate itself from the racist rhetoric. Maybe public pressure followed by the attention the story got from news personalities helped. In any case, the school has yet to act on its promise.
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