University of Florida bracing for alt-right leader's event

16 August, 2017, 11:55 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • University of Florida bracing for alt-right leader's event

"This organization is unaffiliated with the university, and no student groups or other groups affiliated with the university are sponsoring this speech", Fuchs said in a letter to the Gainesville campus.

But when Trump was asked repeatedly whether this was an act of terror, Trump said only that it was "murder".

Asked if there were any laws or regulations that would allow Spencer to speak, Scott spoke about a delicate balance. This event is not finalized and it is still under discussion. The University of Florida is a community of learners, educators and scholars.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides", Trump said at a press conference.

Spencer's "safe space" comment refers to a letter that was sent to incoming freshmen a year ago that stated the UChicago did not support "so-called "trigger warnings" or "condone the creation of intellectual 'safe spaces"-although neither were in fact banned".

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which monitors hate groups, "Spencer advocates for an Aryan homeland for the supposedly dispossessed white race and calls for "peaceful ethnic cleansing" to halt the "deconstruction" of European culture".

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Mr. Hutchens said he could imagine university leaders and courts looking at situations where there are "credible threats of a UVa scenario that so overwhelm the objective of a university" and use that to justify tighter restrictions. It's scary because obviously some people believe what he says & that might provoke bad actions from other people but I see this as an opportunity for people like us who are more open minded to start that conversation with someone who believes his propaganda & might be an opportunity to have an intellectual conversation & expose those people to our point of view. "What Donald Trump has done today is an unforgivable betrayal of his supporters", the message said.

On the one hand, the university has to protect the First Amendment and free speech.

If UF officials wanted to blackball Spencer, they'd also have to shut down the venue for other speakers, according to the experts. "So you have to look at all the alternatives that are available ... before you can, consistent with the First Amendment, stop that viewpoint from being expressed", Julin said. "We are also aware of information online through multiple forums and blogs surrounding the event", the Gainesville Police Department said in a Facebook post.

UF says non-university groups, organizations and persons can rent space on campus as long as they cover rental expenses and security costs.

"If we know it's definitely happening, you need to get working and planning now", Emerson said.



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