COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX)- The man who organized a speaking event featuring Richard Spencer on the Texas A&M campus next month has been asked to meet with school officials on Monday morning.
"I assume this meeting is over the mass popularity of the event and the initiatives for it to be cancelled by the public, which includes petitions, silent protest and calls for violence," said Preston Wigginton.
Wigginton, who lives in College Station, tells KBTX's Rusty Surette the meeting is scheduled for 9:30 a.m.
"Mr. Spencer's event is reminiscent of civil rights events of the 1960's era, which were often met with whisky bottles and baseball bats. We pledge to move forward," said Wigginton.
Spencer, the president of the National Policy Institute and a prominent white nationalist, is scheduled to speak at Texas A&M's Memorial Student Center on December 6 at 7 p.m.
Wigginton, who attended Texas A&M, helped organize the event that's already sparking outrage around the nation, but Texas A&M says it did not invite Spencer to the campus.
“There has been deep concern expressed by our Aggie community about an individual planning to speak at our campus. To be clear, Texas A&M University – including faculty, staff, students and/or student groups - did not invite this speaker to our campus nor do we endorse his rhetoric in any way. In fact, our leadership finds his views as expressed to date in direct conflict with our core values," said Amy Smith, the university’s senior vice president and chief marketing and communications officer.
”Private citizens are permitted to reserve space available to the public as we are a public university as is the case here. Public groups must cover all rental expenses so that state resources are not burdened," said Smith.
Wigginton tells KBTX the university is wanting to charge him for security for the event, and he feels the financial burden should be on the state.
"Concerning security Texas A&M usually charges for an event. The rate is $70 per hour per officer minimum 3 hours per officer. I have contacted an organization called The Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas. Kyle Bristow, head of TFMI, informed Texas A&M that when it comes to a constitutional right, free speech, that the speaker is guaranteed freedom from harm via the state at no expense to any one individual," said Wigginton.