Protests erupted at Alabama’s Auburn University on Tuesday night, leaving one person bloodied and at least three arrested, after a federal judge’s order forced the school to host a speech by prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer, AL.com reported.
This sort of tumult was exactly what the public university hoped to avoid. While Auburn initially planned to allow the event, administrators canceled it on Friday out of concern about “threats to the safety of our students, faculty and staff.” Spencer took his case to the courts, and a federal judge ruled that the university had to allow the event to take place.
“While Mr. Spencer’s beliefs and message are controversial, Auburn presented no evidence that Mr. Spencer advocates violence,” U.S. District Court Judge W. Keith Watkins said in his ruling, according to CNN, arguing that Spencer had the right to peaceable free speech.
Spencer has previously called for non-white Americans to leave the United States in a “peaceful ethnic cleansing.” He also made headlines after the presidential election for exclaiming “Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory” at a white nationalist gathering in Washington, D.C.
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