Richard Spencer, the “alt-right” leader at the center of the weekend’s Charlottesville crisis, may speak on the University of Florida’s campus in September, thanks to rules that allow outside groups to hold events at the public college.
“For many in our community, including myself, this speaker’s presence would be deeply disturbing. What we’ve watched happen in Charlottesville … is deplorable,” wrote university president W. Kent Fuchs in a letter to students.
Kent added: “This organization is unaffiliated with the university, and no student groups or other groups affiliated with the university are sponsoring this speech.” The University of Florida, located in Gainesville, allows outside groups to use space on campus because taxpayer dollars fund the institution.
Spencer, who coined the term “alt-right” and envisions a white “ethnostate,” had initially wanted to hold a “White Lives Matter” rally on the campus of Texas A&M, but that move was nixed by campus administrators there.
He appeared at the Texas school in March, in a divisive and violent appearance that led the university to restrict the right of outside groups to use space on campus.