This is another shining example of why I love Texas A&M University. Last week, many Aggies were up in arms about alt-right proponent, Richard B. Spencer, coming to our campus to speak and I think the University handled the situation with class.
As not to impede anyone's First Amendment rights, they still allowed the speech to take place but offered an uplifting, University-sponsored alternative for those on campus, Aggies United. This event was not just something else to attend but a way to show how we are adamantly against what Spencer stands for. And, on December 6, 2016, Aggies came together to show what we stand for: Diversity, Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect & Selfless Service.
While the protests were still what primarily took over coverage on CNN, I am proud that the Aggies put forth something centered around unity and not hatred, putting a positive spin on an event that, on its own, would otherwise draw so much negativity. (Unfortunately, in the media, negativity usually gets more airtime than positivity. While Aggies United didn't receive a lot of coverage itself, it's presence helped keep even more negative coverage at bay.)
I wasn’t able to attend Aggies United in person but I was able to take part by streaming most of it live. It was pretty impressive how so many Aggies pulled together against hatred and I can honestly say, I am a proud Aggie.