A “White Lives Matter Rally” that was set to take place on Texas A&M’s campus on September 11 has been cancelled.
The rally’s organizer, Preston Wiginton, claimed prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer would attend the event. Wiginton, a 51-year-old former Texas A&M student, organized Spencer’s earlier visit to the school last December.
“After consultation with law enforcement and considerable study, Texas A&M is cancelling the event scheduled by Preston Wiginton at Rudder Plaza on campus on September 11 because of concerns about the safety of its students, faculty, staff, and the public,” the university said in a statement on Monday.
Wiginton said the rally was inspired by the demonstrations in Charlottesville over the weekend that turned deadly, according to The Battalion.
“The event will be to protest the liberal anti-white agenda which includes white guilt which leads to white genocide,” Wiginton told The Batallion. “And the other purpose of the event will be to sponsor white identity and white pride in which white lives do matter. This is not an anti-brown event or anti-black event this is an anti-liberal event.”
Amy Smith, Executive Vice President for Communications, told the Battalion that the school does not agree with Wiginton’s ideas.