Michigan State, LSU Reject Supremacist Speaker

Frederick Owens
August 19, 2017

On Wednesday, the University of Florida also denied a request by the group to rent space on campus for a September event.

Michigan State University officials will not allow white supremacist leader Richard Spencer to speak at the campus. In that statement, Fuchs says the university made a decision to cancel the event due to safety concerns for the students on campus. In a statement earlier this week, Fuchs explained that the proposed event would have featured Spencer.

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Jim Shipley, Heritage Florida Jewish News columnist, Forrest Smith, radio news manager for WUFT, Susan Kruth, senior program officer with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, and Scott Jaschik the editor of Inside Higher Ed joined Intersection to talk about hate speech and free speech.

"The likelihood of violence and potential injury, not the words or ideas, has caused us to take this action", said Fuchs. This decision was made due to significant concerns about public safety in the wake of the tragic violence in Charlottesville last weekend. One person was killed and 19 others wounded Saturday when a auto plowed through a crowd of counterprotesters, and two state police officers died in a helicopter crash. But the incidents in Charlottesville have already led Texas A&M University and the University of Florida to block Spencer appearances, citing the threat of violence, not his views.

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