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White nationalist draws protests at Auburn speech

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Alfredo Watts | 20 April, 2017, 06:36

Self-proclaimed white nationalist Richard Spencer spoke at Auburn University in Alabama Tuesday night after a federal judge reversed the school's cancellation of the event on First Amendment grounds.

Anyone can rent James E. Foy Hall on Auburn's campus, the school is funded with taxpayer money. Spencer initially paid both costs. Spencer greeted them by saying, "We won a victory, certainly for the alt-right".

Instead, white pride has been replaced with weak substitutes, like the kinship on football teams, which Spencer went on to insult as "bullshit", drawing boos from the crowd at a university where pride in the football team crosses political lines.

"How are white people more racially oppressed than black people?"

A lawyer involved in the case on Spencer's side, Sam Dickson, said the decision by U.S. District Judge W. Keith Watkins means Spencer can appear at the student union as originally planned.

You might remember Spencer from when he was punched in the face at Donald Trump's inauguration, or you might recall that he is credited with coming up with the term "alt-right" as a way of mainstreaming and intellectualizing white nationalism. The judge also said there was no evidence that Spencer advocated violence.

At times, audience members snapped back at Spencer.

Debates over free speech on college campuses have flared up in recent months after appearances by such controversial speakers as Charles Murray and Milo Yiannopoulos. For the sake of openness, I must admit that I am a proud alumnus of Auburn University and was one of the founders of its black-alumni association. AltRight.com has reported a prevalence of Kek-related propaganda scattered throughout the campus while campus leftists have scheduled a music festival from 5-10pm in an attempt to draw attention away from Spencer. "I will give a speech on their campus".

That same day, Spencer tweeted to his 56,000 followers, "We are flying people to Auburn and purchasing safety gear". It is a public place.

"I think it means a lot that the arrests weren't students", the police chief said. "I will be there 100 percent". "Our goal is to not be the next Berkeley".