LINCOLN — About 300 University of Nebraska-Lincoln students rallied Wednesday in protest against the white nationalist views espoused by one of their fellow students.
On a cold, sunny afternoon, students said there was no place for racism and hatefulness on their campus.
Their rally was directed against Daniel Kleve, an undergraduate from Norfolk, Nebraska, who has said he wants to defend his heritage against the incursion of others.
Some called for Kleve’s expulsion, but Trentell Gordon, a sophomore from Lincoln, had a higher purpose.
“Ask God to change Daniel’s heart, ’cause he’s no better than me, and I’m no better than him,” Gordon said.
Kleve was involved in the brawls at Charlottesville, Virginia, last year in which white nationalists protested the removal of a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. In a video, Kleve suggests that he enjoys violence.
But Kleve, a 23-year-old biochemistry major, said in an interview that his views on violence are only philosophical and not to be taken literally.
“I’ve never initiated violence on campus,” he said. “To me, the biggest things in life are hard work and family.”
On Tuesday, his father, Joe Kleve, had said he had been worried that his son would get into this kind of scrape. “I’ve told him to keep his beliefs off campus,” the father said.