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University Of Florida Denies White Supremacist Richard Spencer’s Request To Speak On Campus

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University Of Florida Denies White Supremacist Richard Spencer’s Request To Speak On Campus

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.

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(The University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. Photographer: DenisTangneyJr/Getty Images/iStockphoto)

The university decided it was best not to allow Spencer, who led the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville that resulted in violence and ended with the death of a young woman, to speak on campus.

“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.”

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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Source: CNN

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