Texas A&M cancels ‘White Lives Matter’ rally
Texas A&M has canceled a “White Lives Matter” rally that was set to be held on its campus in College Station, Texas, next month.
“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 Monday.
Patrick Svitek of the Texas Tribune first reported the decision on Twitter.
The rally was set to feature white supremacist Richard Spencer as a headline speaker.
The rally was originally organized by Wiginton, another prominent white nationalist.
The rally was promoted Saturday with a press release titled “TODAY CHARLOTTESVILLE TOMORROW TEXAS A&M.”
White supremacist groups held a rally this weekend in Charlottesville, Va., where violence erupted.
One person was killed and at least 19 others were injured when a man drove his car into a group of counter-protestors. Spencer also headlined the Charlottesville rally.
Spencer last spoke on the Texas A&M campus in December, addressing a crowd of roughly 400 people. That event drew thousands in protest.
This story was updated at 6:48 p.m.