Nicholas Fuentes, 18, decided to leave Boston University after receiving numerous death threats for being a member of the alt-right, Fox News reported.
Fuentes made the decision last month after constantly being threatened for being alt-right. He says he no longer felt safe on campus.
The rise of the alt-right
The BU student was one of the people who showed up in Charlottesville, Virginia, for the “Unite the Right” rally. He said he has no regrets about attending the rally, despite the increased backlash.
“I went to represent this new strain of conservatives, of people in the right wing who are opposed to mass immigration and multiculturalism,” Fuentes told Fox News. “For a long time, this existed on the fringes. I thought it was a political victory – we exposed the removal of Confederate statues, and this disenfranchised group of white males.”
According to Fuentes, younger people are taking part in the alt-right movement.
“We have basically been told our whole lives that white people are racist and evil and should be erased,” Fuentes explained. “We have basically been told that it is a crime to be born a white male.”
Fuentes told Fox News that the media is making the rally out to be a bunch of white supremacists who gathered in Charlottesville, which is not true.
“The picture the media keeps using is of one person with a Nazi flag, there were more one thousand there who didn’t have Nazi flags,” Fuentes said. “The vast majority of people there were regular, decent people. I didn’t meet a single violent person. Our side is just preservationist.”
The threats continue
Once Fuentes posted about being at the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville on social media, he began to receive even more death threats.
“I suddenly got dozens of messages on Twitter and Facebook telling me to go and kill myself and that if they see me they will beat the sh– out of me. Stuff of that nature,” he said. “At least 10 to 20 of them were death threats.”
The university atmosphere
Fuentes said up until the 2016 election, BU was a fairly open place for him to express his political views. In fact, he even debated a Hillary Clinton supporter.
“I made a short video presentation about my support for Trump before the election and that caused a major uproar. People wanted to organize a debate between myself and a big Hillary supporter,” Fuentes recalled. “We went to the Dean and they gave us an auditorium, a police officer for security detail, they really made it happen.”
Fuentes is taking a semester off before starting at Auburn University in the south. He believes the Deep South will be a fitting change for him. He will be allowed to express his political views without fear of retribution.