Texas state lawmakers have begun bipartisan efforts to get Texas A&M to block a planned "white lives matter" rally on that university's campus next month.
Dallas Democratic Rep. Helen Giddings said during a House floor speech Monday that A&M administrators should "unequivocally denounce and fight against" racist groups and that Texas should reject hate in all forms with one voice. Nearly every House member stood alongside her.
Rep. Paul Workman, an Austin Republican, said a petition is being circulated for A&M graduates in the House, attempting to "keep this from going on on our campus."
White nationalist Preston Wiginton, a former A&M student, is organizing a Sept. 11 rally at Texas A&M.
A&M spokeswoman Amy Smith told The Battalion student newspaper that Wiginton's rhetoric is "counter to the core values of Texas A&M."
Smith said in an earlier statement to The Dallas Morning News that the university didn't invite any white nationalists, but that it can't stop them from coming. She says anyone can reserve space on the public university's campus.