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Auburn University Bars White Nationalist Richard Spencer but He Vows to Speak Anyway

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The putrid demon-seed spawn of Satan and Hitler that the rest of the word calls Richard Spencer has vowed to speak at Auburn University, even though the Alabama university canceled his speaking engagement, scheduled for Tuesday evening.


Can you tell I don’t like this guy? 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. But still, if Spencer were scheduled to speak anywhere, I’d probably feel the same way about him.


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. Or, if you put your nose in the air and smell a faint whiff of fuckboy mixed with a hint of douchebag ’80s movies villain, you probably know Spencer.

To be clear, Spencer was not invited to speak at Auburn—which is a point that many news outlets miss in their perfunctory objectivity about the free speech implications of how colleges have “banned” him from speaking. Spencer paid $700 to speak at James E. Foy Hall on Auburn’s campus, as can anyone who wishes, because the school is funded with taxpayer money. The school was intent on allowing him his right to free speech, until threats of violence forced the school to cancel the event out of concerns for public safety.

Spencer rents these rooms at public universities to incite the kinds of controversy and semi-riots that get so much news coverage because—at heart—Spencer is not so much a neo-Nazi ideologue as he is a 13-year-old white girl who wants to be a princess. Richard Spencer is a drama queen. Richard Spencer doesn’t want dialogue about race, culture or even free speech. Richard Spencer wants violence because violence makes Richard Spencer a bigger princess.


Black students and alumni (including myself) have planned to show up en masse, but say that they will not give Spencer the melee he wants.

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Absent Humanity

He’s nothing but a media-exposed troll. As a result he should be treated like one: ignored and passed over whenever possible, ideologically and emotionally destroyed everywhere else. When “objectivity” just enables people like him to spread more hate and lies, we cannot show mercy.