This Wednesday, the University of Florida denied “alt-right” leader Richard Spencer’s request to speak on campus for September, citing “serious concerns for safety.” Although they have a perfect reason to deny Spencer, the university may face a legal problem for it.
“I find the racist rhetoric of Richard Spencer and white nationalism repugnant and counter to everything the university and this nation stands for,” UF President Kent Fuchs posted in a letter to students.
Fuchs said the university is dedicated to free speech, however, the First Amendment does not require “risk of imminent violence to students and others.”
“The likelihood of violence and potential injury — not the words or ideas — has caused us to take this action.”
President Fuchs' Statement on Potential Speaker on Campus (08.12.17)https://t.co/6vJo5HJJ9F
— FLORIDA (@UF) August 12, 2017
The last university that tried to cancel one of Spencer’s appearances was forced to host the white nationalist event after a judge was convinced by the event organizer’s free speech argument.
Spencer’s other upcoming appearance at Texas A&M for a “White Lives Matter” rally has also been canceled over safety concerns.
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Thank you to my alma mater, the University of Florida! https://t.co/wejjgXHO3W
— David Baum (@RabbiDavidBaum) August 16, 2017
Texas A&M and the University of Florida are the real MVPs
— Meg ✨ (@megananomous) August 16, 2017
University of Florida you're doing great sweeties! https://t.co/jywP0IKKME
— jr (@jetsinia) August 16, 2017
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