AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Auburn University's Honors College is facing backlash after inviting the president of the Auburn White Student Union to speak before a film screening event.
The White Student University president is an Auburn student who typically operates under the moniker "Wyatt Mann" who refuses to release his identity by not showing his face or not appearing in public.
The Honors College was hosting a screening of a documentary discussing white nationalism and white supremacy.
The event was intended to foster a discussion about the origins of white supremacist and nationalist ideology, it was not, however, received as well as anticipated.
A letter, signed by more than sixty faculty, staff and students, was sent to the university president and provost stating that the college's actions were akin to "sponsoring a hate group."
Auburn University has now released an official statement on the matter. It reads:
The Honors College has previously held introductions documentary screenings with a former meth user and Auburn's Spectrum LGBT+ group about addiction to hard drugs and transgenderism, respectively. Future events include a screening of a documentary surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement.