AJC Supports University of Florida President's Call to Boycott Richard Spencer Event

Image Richard Spencer and supporters

Image Richard Spencer and supporters

Governor Rick Scott has already declared a state of emergency which gives the state the authority to send extra law enforcement and suspend state laws if necessary.

"We must unequivocally condemn Richard Spencer's hateful ideas in order to prevent his odious white supremacist views from entering normal political discourse exclusively by virtue of repetition in legitimate and official venues", said Brian Lipton, Director of AJC's West Coast Florida Region. "This executive order is an additional step to ensure that the University of Florida and the entire community is prepared so everyone can stay safe". "We live in a country where everyone has the right to voice their opinion; however, we have zero tolerance for violence and public safety is always our number one priority", Scott said. Spencer was a headliner at the "Unite the Right" rally there that spurred clashes between white supremacists and protesters, leaving dozens injured.

The school had denied an earlier request from Spencer to speak in September, citing imminent threats against Gainesville and the university following the violence in Charlottesville, Va.

"[World War Two veterans] would be shocked and appalled, they would say, 'Do we have to fight the Nazis all over again?'" assistant professor of cultural Marxism at UF-Gainesville Paul Ortiz said last Wednesday, apparently forgetting that the military was segregated in World War Two and that most of the white men of that era held views on race and gender roles that would today be deemed even more bigoted than Richard Spencer's.

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