While the right to free speech is important, there is no right protecting against inciting violence and riots. Because of that, noted racist and white supremacist Richard Spencer will not have a chance to spew his particular brand of vitriol this semester at the University of Florida, CNN reports.
To put to bed any concerns about free speech violations, university president W. Kent Fuchs stated on Facebook:
Amid serious concerns for safety, we have decided to deny the National Policy Institute’s request to rent event space at the University of Florida. This decision was made after assessing potential risks with campus, community, state and federal law enforcement officials following violent clashes in Charlottesville, Va., and continued calls online and in social media for similar violence in Gainesville such as those decreeing: “The Next Battlefield is in Florida.”
Fuchs went on to explicitly defend his decision as not encroaching on free speech rights:
I find the racist rhetoric of Richard Spencer and white nationalism repugnant and counter to everything the university and this nation stands for. That said, the University of Florida remains unwaveringly dedicated to free speech and the spirit of public discourse. However, the First Amendment does not require a public institution to risk imminent violence to students and others.
After the events in Charlottesville over the weekend, it’s hard to argue with Fuchs’ assessment of the white supremacy agenda.
In case there’s still any confusion as to what Richard Spencer truly believes, check out this two-part interview below.