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U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander addressed the upcoming Confederate monument rally planned for Fort Sanders in Knoxville. Alexander fielded questions from the media on Rainbow Falls Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park August. 25, 2017.
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Two days before white supremacists gather for a conference an hour to the west, fliers advocating one white nationalist group were removed from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville after they were found in violation of campus policy. 

“The most precious possession you have in the world is your own people,” the fliers read. They include the cog and pitchfork symbol associated with the Traditionalist Worker Party, a white nationalist group. 

The fliers were posted in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building and were removed Thursday because they were found to be in violation of the campus’ literature distribution policy, university spokeswoman Karen Simsen said. 

The policy requires any posted literature to be affiliated with a student organization or on-campus department. It does not say anything about hate speech or restricting the types of messages that can be distributed or posted.

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The fliers were removed because no one from the university appeared to have posted them and no affiliation was included in the material, Simsen said in email.  

“I can’t speculate on the ‘what ifs,’ but we have a process…