The man called the leader of the alt-right movement is from Dallas.
Richard Spencer was seen leading a crowd of white nationalists at a conference in Washington DC earlier this month. Spencer is a graduate of St. Marks School of Texas in Dallas, and now other alumni are not only denouncing him, but raising money in opposition of his cause.
People who graduated from St Mark's in the 70's, as well as those who graduated last year are donating to show their disgust with Richard Spencer, a fellow Marksman.
Spencer is a 1997 graduate of the all boys school. He's now president of the National Policy Institute, described on its website as an organization dedicated to the "future of people of European descent". Spencer is also said to be a leader of the alt-right movement; which critics of President-Elect Donald Trump have have tied to Steve Bannon, who will be the President-Elect's chief strategist in the White House. Mr. Trump has disavowed the 'alt-right' group... while asserting Bannon is not among their ranks.
St. Mark's Headmaster David Dini has not spoken publicly about alum Spencer, nor has he acknowledged Spencer directly, but he did send a letter to parents and alumni last week, which reads in part,
"You may have seen the school's name mentioned in news articles that featured ideas contrary to fundamental values we hold dear...St. Mark's is a diverse community, deeply committed to including and valuing students of different backgrounds, races, religions, beliefs and experiences."
Since then, an unknown member of the class of 1997 created this online fundraiser for the International Rescue Committee, which resettles refugees in Dallas. The campaign counter's Spencer's beliefs and is a united front because their values are "under attack by our white supremacist classmate".
"Richard Spencer is a tremendous embarrassment to anyone who graduated from St. Mark's and feels committed, as the school does, to fostering a community of inclusivity," said St. Mark's 2014 Graduate, Cole Gerthoffer.
Gerthoffer is one of the hundreds of alumni donating, raising more than $20,000 in just three days. He is now a student at UT Austin, but gave $100 of his Christmas money to the cause.
"He has horrible beliefs and I could not be more embarrassed to have gone to the same school as him," Gerthoffer said.
We tried to reach Spencer for comment by sending him an email and contacting him through social media. Twitter recently suspended his account, as well as the accounts of several alt right, white nationalists.