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UA chancellor condemns white nationalist rally after photo shows marcher in 'Arkansas engineering' shirt

The chancellor of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville is condemning a white nationalist march in Virginia after a photo from the event showed a participant wearing a UA shirt.

In a tweet that included the photo showing the marcher wearing an "Arkansas Engineering" shirt while holding a lit tiki torch Friday night, Chancellor Joe Steinmetz said the university values freedom of speech but condemns "hatred, violence & white supremacy."

"Diversity & inclusion are @Uarkansas values," he wrote. "Not this."

The person shown in the photo hasn't been identified.

Steinmetz also retweeted one of several posts from the official UA Twitter account replying to users who erroneously identified the marcher as a professor and noting that it was not that person.

The UA College of Engineering later posted a statement on its Facebook page condemning "racism and bigotry in the strongest possible terms."

"While we cannot control what someone buys or wears, we will stand strong on our values and will continue to support all students regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation or gender identity," the statement said, adding no faculty members were at the Virginia protest.

On Saturday, a car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting the white nationalist rally, killing one person and sending at least 26 others to hospitals, The Associated Press reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Comments

NoUserName says...

We'll see just how much UA values freedom of speech when the student(?) is finally identified.

Posted 12 August 2017, 5:23 p.m. Suggest removal

Kharma says...

Sooo refreshing to see the U of A supporting First Amendment guaranteed freedom of speech ...

... and it doesn't matter who was wearing the shirt.

Posted 12 August 2017, 6:59 p.m. Suggest removal

HM2 says...

Thank you Karma. Here again the young man in the UA shirt was protesting legally, his group had ALL the necessary permits, the anti-protesters didn't.

Posted 12 August 2017, 7:45 p.m. Suggest removal

DontDrinkDatKoolAid says...

The South will rise again. Just Jon B.

Posted 12 August 2017, 8:14 p.m. Suggest removal

HM2 says...

Headline should read, "UA chancellor condemns white nationalist groups right to speech, assembly and expression."

Posted 12 August 2017, 8:48 p.m. Suggest removal

23cal says...

Absolutely the person in the shirt was legal. Also, absolutely, he seems to be a despicable racist. It seems like some are trying to make the fact that his actions were "legal" equivalent with them being "morally acceptable". We all know racism and bigotry are legal. Most of us also know they aren't acceptable.....unless you're a bigoted racist. White supremacists are legal.....they are also lower than pond scum.

Posted 12 August 2017, 9:57 p.m. Suggest removal

RBear says...

HM2, you racist idiot. So you support racist speech. I get it. Nuff said.

Posted 12 August 2017, 10:54 p.m. Suggest removal

ARMNAR says...

HM2 is a proud member of the Ku Klux Klan.

Posted 13 August 2017, 12:09 a.m. Suggest removal

BOLTAR says...

Guess what. The chancellor also has the right to free speech, so putting him down for disagreeing with another person makes you what you accuse the chancellor of being, except you are just whining in a comments section under an assumed name.

Posted 13 August 2017, 9:11 a.m. Suggest removal

NoUserName says...

"The chancellor also has the right to free speech"
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Point of order unrelated to the content of said speech: the line becomes a little gray when you are talking about a public employee speaking on behalf of a public entity.

Posted 13 August 2017, 10:51 a.m. Suggest removal

Kharma says...

The chancellor, if speaking as a private citizen, has an absolute right to his First Amendment speech. If however his speech is intended to be that of his employer, the State, then his speech would seem to have a chilling effect upon the free speech rights of others.

Posted 13 August 2017, 11:02 a.m. Suggest removal

BOLTAR says...

As when the President speaks for the country? Can he spout about anything he wants, and you're fine with that? Go play, anonymous children.

Posted 13 August 2017, 11:31 a.m. Suggest removal

NoUserName says...

Small-minded answer from a small-minded person. I despise Trump.

Posted 13 August 2017, 11:46 a.m. Suggest removal

Delta2 says...

Well, UAF does more or less sit right in the middle of White Man's territory.

Posted 13 August 2017, 5 p.m. Suggest removal

Kharma says...

Typical leftist dipsh•ts continually attacking other posters ... typical

Posted 13 August 2017, 5:01 p.m. Suggest removal

Whippersnapper says...

Whoever the guy was, he's clearly classless and clueless. Having said that, the University of Arkansas will have a hard time taking any action whatsoever against him even if he is a student or employee. This is because the first amendment specifically prohibits the government discriminating based on your perceived viewpoint.

Posted 13 August 2017, 10:39 p.m. Suggest removal

Winfield says...

I shudder at what would have happened if the person had worn an Arkansas Razorback Football sweater at the protests. We would have something to read about for weeks.

Posted 13 August 2017, 10:46 p.m. Suggest removal

obbie says...

I support all free speech so long as the speaker doesn't advocate the violent overthrow of the very country/Constitution which gives him that right.

Posted 14 August 2017, 11:58 a.m. Suggest removal

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