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

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was originally published August 12, 2017 at 4:46 p.m. Updated August 14, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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.

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NoUserName says... August 12, 2017 at 5:23 p.m.

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

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Kharma says... August 12, 2017 at 6:59 p.m.

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.

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HM2 says... August 12, 2017 at 7:45 p.m.

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.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... August 12, 2017 at 8:14 p.m.

The South will rise again. Just Jon B.

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HM2 says... August 12, 2017 at 8:48 p.m.

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

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23cal says... August 12, 2017 at 9:57 p.m.

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.

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RBear says... August 12, 2017 at 10:54 p.m.

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

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ARMNAR says... August 13, 2017 at 12:09 a.m.

HM2 is a proud member of the Ku Klux Klan.

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BOLTAR says... August 13, 2017 at 9:11 a.m.

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.

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NoUserName says... August 13, 2017 at 10:51 a.m.

"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.

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