University Of Florida Denies Richard Spencer Event, Citing 'Likelihood Of Violence'


Kent Fuchs said in a statement Wednesday that the decision was made after assessing risks to the campus, community and law enforcement following last weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

This comes a few days after the Charlottesville, VA riots surrounding the white nationalist movement "alt-right".

Richard Spencer, a white supremacist, has been denied a request to rent a facility at the University of Florida in Gainesville for a speech on September 12, university officials announced Wednesday.

A statement by the university's president, W. Kent Fuchs, says the speaker's presence would be deeply disturbing and that the university is again not affiliated with the event. He also stated the university is "unwaveringly dedicated to free speech and the spirit of public discourse".

Spencer said he approached Stone to extend the invitation because Stone, in an April essay in the New York Times, had been critical of Auburn University's attempts to cancel an event with Spencer because it feared there would be violent confrontations between his supporters and critics. That event was co-hosted by NPI and Bristow's newly minted Foundation for the Marketplace of Ideas and the white nationalist group Identity Europa.

"I think they are well within their rights to say, 'Sorry not today.' There are 60,000 students that would be under a threat", Anderson said.

Richard Spencer, the U.S. white supremacist leader, was forced to hold a press conference at his flat after Washington hotels refused to allow him to use their premises.

This denial by UF comes just days after TAMU also denied Spencer for an event planned for September 11 over safety concerns.

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"You have to have some good reason - surely Charlottesville provides that ground cover", Olivas said.

"I have no doubt I will be harassed for creating the event", he said, but he felt it was important to bring attention to Spencer speaking on campus and make a public space where people outside of Gainesville could coordinate being part of the resistance.

"Whether it's the KKK, whether it's Neo-Nazis, White Supremacists, it's evil".

UF History student Ebony Love, 21, said the fight is not over and the community must stay vigilant. "I like the term alt-right".

"Instead of allowing hateful speech to tear us down, I urge our campus community to join together, respect one another and promote positive speech, while allowing for differing opinions".

Despite the seriousness of Charlottesville, barring Spencer's views from being expressed on campus in the future "is a very hard position to sustain", he said. "We're still fighting racist attacks", said Rousson.

But Florida is citing safety issues, not Spencer's message, to justify turning down the request to reserve space on campus.

James Alex Fields Jr., a young man who was said to idolize Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany in high school, has been charged with killing a woman by slamming a vehicle into a group of counter-protesters at a white nationalist rally Sunday in Charlottesville.