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Richard Spencer at the University of Florida

Richard Spencer came to Florida determined to vindicate a vital right of intellectual and political expression, and to demonstrate once again the strength of our ideas. Through the chaotic and unpredictable course of events he succeeded, and attracted a fresh wave of interest in identitarianism and the Alt Right.

Logistically, the event presented many challenges. Serious attempts were made to disrupt ticket distribution. As a result, many of Richard’s supporters failed to reach the inside of the venue. This was disappointing, especially for those who undertook to travel to Gainesville. It also gave the inside of the performance hall a truncated appearance, with regard to the ratio supporters versus detractors.

However, there was a silver lining. Given the opportunity to assert themselves more or less unchecked, Richard’s opponents revealed to everyone their true character. For more than an hour they shouted, jeered, cursed and screamed in an attempt to silence Richard and those who joined him on stage. To ordinary people who were watching, this was shocking and illustrative. The fact is that we have something serious and timely to say for which our opponents lack a real response. This fact was relentlessly driven home through the course of Richard’s appearance in Gainesville.

Watch the entire event here:

1 Comment

  • Mr. C

    Reply December 20, 2017 4:05 am

    I watched the video where Mr. Spencer spoke at U of Fla. I was appalled by the anti crowd trying to shout him down. Free speech is a core value of America and Western civilization and must be respected. I admire how he courageously faced off the mob.

    That said, I am not in Mr. Spencer’s camp. I live and work with many people of different races than myself (I am white). I am married to a non-white woman and have mixed race children. I would hate to see America balkanized into ethnostates. What makes America “America” isn’t its whiteness but shared beliefs and values such as English as our language, value for freedom, rule of law and the constitution, a nation where we follow the golden rule regardless of race, and a belief among its citizens in Judeo-Christian values.

    What I hate seeing happening in my country is race tearing us apart. Blacks blame whites for their problems and failings in their communities. Muslims are being brought in mass that don’t share America’s values. Hispanics are changing the single language character of the nation. Whites have a siege mentality.

    I’m a Christian and I am hoping in Christ’s return soon.

    That’s my take

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