by: Danae Leake, Action News Jax
AltRight.com co-editor Richard Spencer might speak at the University of Florida in September.
UF President Kent Fuchs released a statement saying that the National Policy Institute, which is led by Spencer, has reached out to reserve space for a speaking event that would feature Spencer, who is a white nationalist and “alt-right” activist.
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President Fuchs’ Statement on Potential Speaker on Campus (08.12.17)https://t.co/6vJo5HJJ9F
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Fuchs said the organization is not affiliated with the university, and no student groups or other groups affiliated with the university are sponsoring the speech.
The event is not finalized and it is still under discussion, Fuchs said.
University regulation allows non-university groups, organizations and persons to rent space on campus, and must cover rental expenses and security costs.
Fuchs said the university’s administration, staff and campus police are forming a security plan of the event is finalized. The university is working with other organizations that have had similar events on their campus.
“For many in our community, including myself, this speaker’s presence would be deeply disturbing,”…