Judge orders Auburn to let white nationalist Spencer speak

Darin HammondApr 21, 2017

White nationalist Richard Spencer spoke in a crowded auditorium at Auburn University after a federal judge blocked the school from banning his appearance.

Police were on campus hours before Spencer was set to speak at the university barricading off areas for protesters, both supportive of Spencer's message and against it, and areas for media and onlookers.

All three were arrested outside the event and charged with disorderly conduct, Capt. Lorenza Dorsey of the Auburn Police Division told The Associated Press.

Instead, white pride has been replaced with weak substitutes, like the kinship on football teams, which Spencer went on to insult as "bullshit", drawing boos from the crowd at a university where pride in the football team crosses political lines.

Spencer says he plans to speak at Auburn on Tuesday evening regardless of the school's decision.

"Over the past week, Auburn University has faced attempts by uninvited, unaffiliated, off-campus groups and individuals to provoke conflict that is racially divisive and disruptive to our campus environment".

Auburn had previously canceled Tuesday evening's appearance by Mr. Spencer, the president of the National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think tank, amid fears his presence would trigger potentially violent protests.

The hosting of white supremacist Richard Spencer at Alabama college Auburn University on April 18 was certainly not received well by students.

When the talk was announced, many student groups voiced concerns that Spencer - perhaps best known for shouting "Let's party like it's 1933" at a conference of white nationalists in Washington - might incite violence on campus. The man who rented Foy Hall for Richard Spencer and was denied, filed a law suit and was granted an injunction by a federal judge to allow Spencer to speak. While Auburn initially planned to allow the event, administrators canceled it on Friday out of concern about "threats to the safety of our students, faculty and staff".

"It is now more important than ever that we respond in a way that is peaceful, respectful, and maintains civil discourse", Provost Timothy Boosinger said in a statement.

Following the talk, Spencer took to Twitter to exclaim, "Amazing victory tonight!"

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