The Spartan Edge, an online news source covering Michigan State University and the surrounding area, has published a new article titled “Three States of Hate: MSU-YAF Part of Skinhead’s Campus Speech Operations” that further explores the ties of MSU’s Young Americans for Freedom to a white supremacist skinhead named Preston Wiginton who has organized campus speaking tours for white supremacists. Among the people Wiginton has worked with are Nick Griffin, a member of the fascist British National Party who spoke at MSU last fall and Jared Taylor who is scheduled to speak at MSU in March. While Taylor says his speech was not organized by Wiginton, the Spartan Edge article provides an overview of Wiginton’s efforts organizing speaking tours for racists:
“The Nick Griffin speech at MSU was not the first college event arranged by Wiginton. As far back as 2005 Wiginton was going to campus to promote his white nationalist views against non-white immigration.
Wiginton took part in arranging a speaking tour for author Frosty Wooldridge, an anti-immigration author and activist.
By 2007 Wiginton had enrolled at Texas A&M and begun a campaign to push his white nationalist views. Wiginton posted on Stormfront about his challenge to Dr. Tito Guerrero, Associate Provost of Diversity at Texas A&M, to debate Jared Taylor.
Preston Wiginton’s next campus speech came on April 9, 2007. Wiginton, working with the Clemson Conservatives, hosted Jared Taylor, the editor of the white nationalist Web site American Renaissance.
Taylor spoke about multiculturalism as a weakness to the country and claimed that racial segregation was a natural state of being.
Preston Wiginton wrote in the online comment section of the Clemson newspaper, The Daily Tiger, praising the way the students at Clemson handled the event.
He also posted on the white supremacist Web site Stormfront (under the name ruskybound) calling for donations to support more speeches by Jared Taylor for fall 2007.”
The article also briefly explores why Wiginton and white supremacists are targeting universities:
“Wiginton’s work setting up speakers at universities has come to the attention of civil rights groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League.
Carrie Waggoner, assistant director of the Michigan Region for the Anti-Defamation League, said that Wiginton was likely trying to draw attention to his ideas by hosting events on campus.
“He is likely trying to draw attention to and support for his point of view on immigration and white nationalism,” Waggoner said. “Ideas like Holocaust denial and white nationalism/white supremacy are not generally accepted by academia but may be discussed as concepts in a classroom setting.”