A white supremacist group interrupted a Holocaust Remembrance Day event in Russellville, Arkansas, over the weekend, leading anti-Semitic chants and disrupting the ceremony which featured a World War II veteran.
ShieldWall Network coordinator Billy Roper told 5NewsOnline.com that the interruption was a protest against organizations and students who had themselves spoken out against the formation of a scholarship of an instructor at Arkansas Tech University.
The proposed scholarship set to be named for Dr. Michael Link, a professor who worked at ATU for over 50 years, is a controversial one, reported KARK. Link, according to community members, regularly taught as fact that the Holocaust never happened.
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Protests by students, faculty, and community members alike have taken place at ATU over the course of the past week against the scholarship. Roper, while interrupting the Holocaust Remembrance Day event, cited one faculty member in particular, Dr. Sarah Stein, as well as the Anti-Defamation League, as trying to “intimidate” the university into ending the scholarship.
“The rally that we held was a protest against the ADL and Dr. Sarah Stein’s attempts to intimidate and blackmail Arkansas Tech University into removing Dr. Michael Link’s name from the scholarship he endowed,” Roper said.
His comments to the media were tame in comparison to what he wrote online in a blog post on his personal website, which included many disturbing anti-Semitic tropes.
“The Jewish ADL, long under investigation for committing acts of espionage against the United States on behalf of Israel, along with typically shrill Jewess professor Sarah Stein, have failed in their Jewy attempts to intimidate ShieldWall Network Coordinator Billy Roper’s alma mater into removing a beloved history professor’s name from a scholarship he endowed,” Roper wrote.
He also described Jewish community members who were against the scholarship “greasy hook-nosed k***s,” according to reporting from Inside Higher Ed.
During their protest of the Holocaust Remembrance event, members of Roper’s group reportedly chanted “six million more,” a reference to the number of Jewish individuals who were killed during the Nazi Holocaust in World War II.
The Southern Poverty Law Center recognizes Roper as a Neo-Nazi who has founded many hate groups over the years, including the ShieldWall network in Arkansas, Right Wing Watch reported.