Controversial white nationalist, Richard Spencer spoke at Texas A&M University Campus on Tuesday evening. Amid scenes of high security and tension, Spencer completed his speech without any serious incidents in front of a crowd of several hundred, many of whom were protesters.
Spencer, the self-professed leader for the alt-right movement spoke for roughly two hours, primarily regarding the benefits of a “White America”. Spencer was quoted as declaring, “At the end of the day, America belongs to white men.”
Outside the hall where Spencer spoke, thousands of protestors gathered in opposition to Spencer’s radical concepts, protests organized by the university itself. Two arrests were made, and Texas A&M Police confirmed the facts via Twitter, “Peaceful event at Texas A&M has ended. Two non-student arrests made.”
The university itself strongly opposed the idea of Spencer speaking, but he was invited to the campus by A&M alumni Preston Wiginton, who booked out a hall for Spencer to speak, and as A&M is a public university they had no right to turn him away.
Wiginton spoke to CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday, and whilst he doesn’t agree with everything Spencer espouses, he certainly does agree on some issues. “I think he has some valid points,” Wiginton said. When asked if America is a white nation, Wiginton responded by saying, “I think it was at one time. I think that the reaction of Trump being elected and the reaction of the alt-right being popular is a reaction in the decline of it (America) being a white nation.”
Wiginton continued by saying, “Why would I want to see America become less white? Why would I want to be displaced and marginalized? Only people with a mental illness want to be displaced and marginalized.”
Spencer recently shot to national and international notoriety last month following an enormously inflammatory speech that appeared online. In the speech, Spencer said, “America was until this past generation a white country designed for ourselves and our prosperity. It is our creation, it is our inheritance, and it belongs to us.”
Spencer also subtly implied multiple German and Nazi connotations throughout and at the conclusion of his speech, he was greeted with numerous Nazi salutes. A sight that horrified the overwhelming majority of the American public. His comments and actions have however resulted in him being banned from most of Europe.