WHAT YOU SAID: Did University of Cincinnati make the right decision on Richard Spencer?

Posted at 6:00 AM, Oct 17, 2017

Last week, University of Cincinnati officials said they would permit white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak on campus.

The decision was controversial. Spencer helped organize and headline the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where protester Heather Heyer was killed.

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UC officials were forced to wade into contentious and emotional waters.

University President Neville Pinto said no campus group, program or faculty had invited Spencer. The request came unsolicited from a Georgia State University student who has dedicated himself to booking speaking engagements for Spencer.

Spencer is a leading figure of the alternative right, white nationalist movement. The movement espouses a white supremacist and white separatist ideology, and Spencer's National Policy Institute has been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

You can read the SPLC's brief on Spencer here.

Pinto cited First Amendment rights in announcing the decision to permit Spencer on campus.

Other universities have made different decisions.

In September, Ohio State took the opposite stand, denying Spencer the opportunity. The university cited the potential for violence as its reason.

Texas A&M and the University of Florida also cited safety concerns when they said no to Spencer.

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