UF, Facing Lawsuit, Opens Door For White Nationalist To Speak - But At New Date

Sep 1, 2017

The University of Florida signaled that white nationalist Richard Spencer will be allowed to rent space on campus — but at a new date yet to be determined.

The move, announced Friday, came as the university faced a First Amendment lawsuit over a controversial event originally planned for Sept. 12.

In a letter to Gainesville-based lawyer Gary Edinger, whose client Cameron Padgett requested a meeting space on campus, the university said “it was never the intention” to permanently bar Spencer, an “alt-right” leader who planned the gathering of white nationalist groups in Charlottesville, Va. The event last month turned violent, leaving dozens injured and counter-protester Heather Heyer dead after one racist plowed his car into a crowd.

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