State senator opposes white supremacist speech at University of Florida

Glen Mclaughlin
Августа 16, 2017

Gov. Rick Scott said in Tampa today that he has reached out to the heads of the National Guard and the Florida Department of Highway Safety in anticipation of next month's speech at the University of Florida by Richard Spencer, the white nationalist who organized this weekend's rallies at Charlottesville, Va.

According to UF officials, there is no contract for the event, and no fees have been paid.

Spencer spent most his time criticizing the police response in Charlottesville and sought to distance himself from James Alex Fields Jr., the 20-year-old accused of plowing his auto into counter-protesters, killing one person and injuring 19.

Spencer's visit to the University of Florida isn't set in stone.

Fuchs said in this weekend's email to staff members that Spencer could make a September 12 appearance. Spencer has called Martin Luther King Jr. a "fraud" and "degenerate", and has claimed that "Our dream is a new society, an ethno-state that would be a gathering point for all Europeans".

He agrees, free speech, even racist, hate speech, is protected under the First Amendment, but in this case, the university has the right to turn Spencer away.

"I would expect a very high turn out", Emerson said.

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"One could understand how he (Fuchs) would prefer not to see a repeat of that in Gainesville and prefer to see that they not come".

Spencer emailed Professor Geoffrey R. Stone, a law professor and First Amendment scholar at the university, on August 1 in an attempt to secure some manner of speaking appearance, saying he was "eager to return to campus, particularly [because the University has made clear that it] will not be a 'safe space.'" according to emails published by Stone on Huffington Post. "Simply because there has been an incident of violence, that doesn't mean that speakers affiliated with that violence lose their right to speak".

Julin's views reflected those of multiple First Amendment lawyers interviewed Monday. "It's not going to do you any good", he said.

Stargel said it's time for the university, and others, to change policy. (A copy of Dressing the Man: The Art of Permanent Fashion sat on the coffee table.) They included Matt, who claimed to be doing an internship with Spencer but refused to give his last name because he was anxious about getting fired from his other jobs.

According to BuzzFeed News, white nationalist figurehead Richard Spencer was forced to hold his post-rally press conference at his "office and part-time residence" in Alexandria, Virginia because no hotels in D.C. would rent rooms to him.

A Facebook event created in opposition to Spencer's appearance has hundreds of attendees already, with volunteers planning carpooling and protest techniques.

The Gainesville police post acknowledged that, although the event is scheduled to take place on the UF campus, "it would be foolish to think that any protests/counter protests would not occur in our city limits".

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