White nationalist Richard Spencer may speak at UF

People protesting against racism gather in front of the White House Aug. 14 2017 in Washington D.C

Details of the application were not released Wednesday.

Janine Sikes, a university spokeswoman, said it was the first time that she could recall the university denying someone to speak due to fears of violence or hate speech.

"Free speech always has a cost, and it doesn't have to be at the cost of innocent people", she said.

In a statement Wednesday, Michigan State says granting access doesn't mean it endorses the "messages that might be delivered there".

Hundreds of white nationalists, white supremacists, neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members and others were involved, by some estimates, in what Heimbach, leader of the Traditionalist Workers Party, called the nation's biggest such event in a decade or more.

Just days after white nationalist and self-described "alt-right" speaker Richard Spencer was denied by Texas A&M University to hold a speaking event on campus in September, the University of Florida has followed suit.

Bristow made headlines in 2007 when the student group he ran, Young Americans for Freedom at MSU, was named a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Spencer had plans for a Texas A&M event on September 11, and another one at the University of Florida on September 12.

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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.

Padgett filed a challenge after Auburn University tried to ban Spencer's appearance there in April.

It is not yet clear how the controversies could affect Spencer seeking to speak at MSU or elsewhere in MI. But those security concerns could be addressed, and they should not stamp out free speech at a public university that aspires to be great.

Spencer emailed Professor Geoffrey R. Stone, a law professor and First Amendment scholar at the university, on August 1 in an attempt to secure some manner of speaking appearance, saying he was "eager to return to campus, particularly [because the University has made clear that it] will not be a 'safe space.'" according to emails published by Stone on Huffington Post.

"I don't think carrying torches through a town on a Saturday night is an attempt to engage in discourse; that's a show of force", he said.

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

"We're going to be more active than ever before", Matthew Heimbach, a white nationalist leader, said Monday. "... Identity politics is not a thing I like to support at all". He denies that he is a white supremacist but has called for a white homeland for the "dispossessed white race" and advocated "peaceful ethnic cleansing" in order to protect European culture. "What a mistake." The obligation of law enforcement is to ensure free speech rights of all sides are protected, and there is a better course for UF to take.

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