White nationalists, neo-Nazis, and members of the so-called “alt-right” are planning a “white lives matter” rally, set to take place September in Texas, at Texas A&M University.
Reviled white nationalist Richard Spencer is scheduled to speak at the event.
The rally was organized by Preston Wiginton, who says he was inspired by the protest in Charlottesville, VA, which claimed the life of 32-year-old Heather Heyer when James Alex Fields Jr drove a car into a crowd of counter-protesters.
Students at Texas A&M University are already planning counter-protests during Wiginton’s rally.
“‘Students are planning a number of various [counter-] protests,’ Josh McCormack, editor in chief of the Battalion, told CNN. ‘The most popular protests seems to be a recreation of the ‘maroon wall.’
The maroon wall is essentially a human chain, McCormack said. In July 2012, members of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church came to the area to protest a soldier’s funeral at a local church. When they showed up, they were greeted by hundreds of students who linked together to block their view.Now, a similar maroon wall protest is being organized on Facebook. By Monday morning, more than 1,000 students had already signed up for it.
‘We will be making a silent, outward facing wall around the plaza to protect our students and show that the Aggie Family’s commitment to its own is far greater than any force trying to divide us,’ the Facebook posts says.