White Nationalist Leader Richard Spencer Requests Appearance At UF On September 12

White Nationalist Leader Richard Spencer Requests Appearance At UF On September 12

The University of Florida has rejected a request to rent space by a group helmed by white supremacist Richard Spencer, citing safety concerns after the deadly Charlottesville, Va., attack, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.

UF President W. 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.

Richard Spencer, a leader of the white nationalist movement, is angling to get an invite to speak at his alma mater, the University of Chicago, according to emails released Saturday.

According to school officials at the University of Florida, they've been asked for space to let Spencer speak on campus on September 12, but those opposed are already giving push back.

When the announcement was made, Fuchs said the university was required to consider every speaker due to free speech policies.

Fuchs goes on to write that the University of Florida remains "unwaveringly dedicated to free speech and the spirit of public discourse".

When asked if white nationalists, such as Richard Spencer, would be allowed to speak on campus, MU officials say it will answer when actually faced with the opportunity. 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.

Hours later, Mitch Emerson, an Orlando based political activist, created a Facebook event to organize a counter protest, if the university approved Spencer's request.

On Tuesday, Texas A&M University canceled a similar rally scheduled to take place on its campus September 11.

One person died and multiple others were injured after a driver with alleged ties to racist groups rammed his vehicle into a crowd of counterprotesters at the "Unite the Right" rally over the weekend. But the professor to whom Spencer reached out had no interest int the alt-right figurehead's request.

"I can't say for the last 100 years, but we're not aware of ever doing this in recent history".

The university allows groups like Spencer's to rent space on campus if they cover rental expenses and security costs. "However, the National Park Service's decision to permit a white supremacist rally at Crissy Field raises grave and ongoing concerns about public safety".

"We obviously do not in any way believe in any of their views", McElwain said.

"San Francisco takes great pride in being a city of peace which cherishes free speech and the right to public dissent", Pelosi said in a statement Tuesday.

"For all I know, they're advocating terrorism, so I'm not going to go off and support something without knowing about it, but I think the key thing is we have to be open to some dialogue that's maybe uncomfortable at times".

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