Unity event, protests expected at white nationalist’s visit

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M University is preparing to hold an event highlighting diversity and unity at the same time a white nationalist is set to speak at the College Station campus.

The “Aggies United” event was to begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, about an hour before a speech by Richard Spencer, who leads a movement that mixes racism, white nationalism and populism.

A&M officials say the university didn’t schedule the speech by Spencer, who was invited to speak by a former student who reserved campus space available to the public.

Officials say the “Aggies United” event — which will include a talk by a Holocaust survivor — was designed to show the campus’ disapproval of Spencer’s beliefs.

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Several protests against Spencer’s speech are expected to be held on the campus.