Judge orders Auburn to let white nationalist Spencer speak
Apr 21 2017
Students told a CNN reporter that they witnessed a fistfight between a Spencer supporter and a protester.
Supporters and opponents engaged in shouting marches beforehand, and photos showed a man with a bloody face after a physical altercation outside. It was reportedly sponsored by an alt-right website. "A bunch of snowflakes mostly women and betas were outside".
Spencer made good on a promise to visit and speak on the campus of Auburn University Tuesday despite the university canceling his permit last week.
But in the end the university was forced to host Spencer in Foy Hall Tuesday evening after all when a federal judge in Montgomery issued an order Tuesday afternoon barring it from keeping him from speaking.
The university urged peaceful protests following that decision.
Spencer's speech triggered division around the United States, with some arguing he should not be allowed to preach white supremacy and others defending his right to free speech, AL.com reported. Video footage of the punches went viral online, and raised the question of whether it's "OK to punch a Nazi".
An initial agreement between Cameron Padgett, who rented the facility for Spencer's talk, and the university included a $700 rental fee for the Foy auditorium and additional costs for security.
"There would be no history without us", he said, prompting shouts from the crowd. "Students, faculty, and staff should remain aware of their surroundings and report any unusual or threatening activity to the Auburn Police ..."
The university initially approved Spencer's hall rental, but tried to cancel the event after critics warned that it would incite violence and endanger student safety, according to WSFA-TV.
Spencer called SEC football "sick" and said black athletes are not part of white identity and that he would ban football. U.S. District Judge Keith Watkin allowed the appeal on Tuesday and ordered Auburn to let Spencer speak.
Students we talked to say they came to promote love and acceptance for everyone. The suit claimed the university violated free-speech rights by trying to stop Spencer's appearance.