Man in U of A shirt at Charlottesville rally says it wasn't about white supremacy

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KTHV) -- The University of Arkansas confirmed that a man pictured participating in the Charlottesville rally wearing a U of A Engineering t-shirt had once been enrolled at the university.

CBS affiliate 5NEWS reports that the university said Andrew Dodson was enrolled in the graduate engineering program from fall 2010 through 2013, but did not receive a degree.

They released the following statement:

“As we have said all along, the individual in question does not represent the values of the College of Engineering or the University of Arkansas. This new information clears the name of our professor who was originally misidentified. The University will continue to support and promote a diverse, welcoming and inclusive campus and society.”

In an interview with Arkansas Times, Dodson apologized for the mix up and to the people he studied with for two years. Dodson, who is from South Carolina and now lives in New England, moved to Arkansas in 2009 where he ended up attending the University of Arkansas.

During the interview he said he asked if there was going to be "swastikas and Sieg Heil" during the rally and was assured that was "not what the event was about."

But in a VICE News video, Dodson appears as the group chants "Jews will not replace us."

He claimed that the people who were "Nazis and the KKK" were bused in from somewhere else. He said the problem was people "trying to instigate racial violence -- people on both sides -- as an excuse to stop us from having our free speech."

When Arkansas Times asked him if he would have participate in future events said that he would still go and that, "How else am I going to figure out what these guys are about?"

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