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University of Florida Denies Speech Request By White Supremacist Richard Spencer!

November 25 2017, 11:15 | Rex Rios

White Nationalist Richard Spencer may speak at UF; counter protest planned

Prominent White Supremacist Richard Spencer Schedules Potential Event At The University Of Florida

But members of Spencer's organization, the National Policy Institute, say they'll fight for Spencer's right to appear at UF.

Details of the application were not released Wednesday.

Fuchs said the university made the decision based on the likelihood of violence and potential injury, not because of the words or ideas.

Spencer's "safe space" comment refers to a letter that was sent to incoming freshmen past year that stated the UChicago did not support "so-called "trigger warnings" or "condone the creation of intellectual 'safe spaces"-although neither were in fact banned".

He continued in a text message: "I really feel that we should learn from the mistakes of other universities that allowed them to hold their events on campus". However, the university instituted a new policy where no outside individual or group could use campus facilities without sponsorship from a university-sanctioned group. Organizer Bragdon Bowling told media outlets Tuesday that Americans for Richmond Monument Preservation is pulling its permit request for the September 16 rally in light of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Students at Florida Gulf Coast University are reacting to the University of Florida's decision barring a white nationalist group from protesting there. White nationalist Preston Wiginton had said he was planning a "White Lives Matter" rally at Texas A&M University in September, but the university later said it has been cancelled.

University President W. Kent Fuchs said he chose to deny a venue to Spencer's National Policy Institute, citing the recent violence in Charlottesville, Va., as well as what Fuchs described as calls online for similar violence in Gainesville.

UF President Kent Fuchs sent an email to staff this weekend, alerting them that National Policy Institute President Richard Spencer, who made an appearance at the Charlottesville event, could speak at the university next month.

"Such a brazen attack on free speech from a public university is infuriating", Spencer said in a text message. A Facebook event, titled "No Nazis At UF" has sprung up, with plans to protest the (potential) public speech.

He said the University has every right to stop the event in the name of safety.

The event turned violent, with clashes between the white nationalists and counter protesters. "It's terrifying, and we need to unite against it".

"While it is okay to breathe, and celebrate now, we must think of the future", Love said. "... Identity politics is not a thing I like to support at all".

"There's been other protests here that have been peaceful", said Sophomore Kimberly Smith.

Jesse Choper, a University of California, Berkeley constitutional law professor, says even the ugliest of free speech is protected by the First Amendment. "I think Michigan State should be mindful of the fact that their actions have gone beyond free speech and really gotten into violence, which is very concerning".



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