• Michelle Hebert

White nationalist leader may be speaking at the University of Florida

White Nationalist Leader Richard Spencer may be speaking at the University of Florida, according to the school’s president, Kent Fuchs.

According to ABC News, Fuchs sent out a letter explaining, “Spencer has reached out to UF to speak on September 12, 2017,” and “on the very same day, at least 1,000 people say they will be there in protest of the white nationalist.”

Spencer took part in the Charlottesville events that happened on Aug. 12, 2017, and some place the blame on him for the deaths that occurred. Fuchs stated, “For many in our community, including myself, this speaker's presence would be deeply disturbing. What we've watched happen in Charlottesville, Va. in the last 24 hours, is deplorable,” according to WCTV News.

The views of the community about Spencer are causing a lot of talk and raising concerns about the safety of the location. Frank LoMonte said, “Once you hold the availability of government property for speech, you can't pick and choose the speakers you like,” according to Sun Sentinel. According to WCTV, Fuchs added on to his statements by saying, “While this speaker's views do not align with our values as an institution, we must follow the law, upholding the First Amendment not to discriminate based on content and provide access to a public space.”

“Tom Julin, an attorney who specializes in First Amendment law, told The News Service of Florida. ‘Simply because there has been an incident of violence, that doesn't mean that speakers affiliated with that violence lose their right to speak. That's the last thing you want to do,’” according to WCTV.