by Scott Cooper
University of Florida Speech: Richard Spencer – Incites Violence
Loud chants Say it clear! Nazis are not welcome here!”
Spencer Spoke and – eventually — fielded questions from a boisterous audience packed with opponents in Phillips Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Florida.
“I feel sorry for you. Do You know how this is going to be read? Do you think this is going to be read as, ‘Great success for U of F?’ No,” Spencer told the heckling audience.
“It’s likely to be read as, ‘The University Of Florida is full of childlike Antifa who yell at people — as opposed to talking to them, ‘” Spencer said.
Organizers Had declared that 700 tickets are distributed, but numerous seats were unoccupied across the theatre. Hundreds of sign-waving protesters descended on the place, chanting and marching up and down nearby Hull Road.
“Go home, racist, go home!” the crowd chanted At Spencer, standing and shaking fists toward the stage. He traded barbs with the crowd.
“You are trying to turn your academic community into a stifling area. Is that what you want?” Spencer asked the audience.
On Violence marred a white nationalist August rally in Charlottesville, Va., during which counterprotester Heather Heyer was hit by a vehicle and killed.
A Guy wearing a shirt with swastikas on it’s punched by an unidentified member of the audience near the website of a planned speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer, who popularized the term ‘alt-right’, in the University of Florida campus on October 19, 2017 in Gainesville, Florida. A state of emergency was declared on Monday by Florida Gov. Rick Scott to allow for greater law enforcement because of fears of violence. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Pictures) (Photo: Brian Blanco, Getty Images)
UF Remained open for classes Thursday, though numerous facilities and roads were closed down near the Phillips Center at the southwest corner of campus. Hundreds of law enforcement officers patrolled the city and officials blocked crucial roadways using cement barricades, dump trucks and other large obstacles.
By early Afternoon, a yellow plane started circling the area pulling a banner that read “Love conquers hate! Love will prevail!” Hundreds of protesters congregated in the ticket distribution site, sparking confusion among those trying to attend. Dozens of Florida Highway Patrol troopers marched in military-style formation throughout the scene.
Inside The venue, audience outbursts filled much of the event’s opening 20 minutes. Remarks and gestures popped up during.
Fielding Questions from the crowd, Spencer disavowed comparisons with German dictator Adolf Hitler. He also said he wasn’t accountable for the violence in Charlottesville and the conditions of Heyer’s death remain unclear. The crowded responded by chanting, “It is your fault!”
Spencer Told the audience he grew up in the suburbs and said his generation was born into a country where they are “strangers in our own lands.”
“I, Like countless other white folks in their 20s and 30s today, have a radically different ‘lived’ experience than our parents. Our parents can recall peak America.
“They can recall a white America from the mid century. We can’t. We were born into something fundamentally different,” he said.
Spencer was joined on stage by Eli Mosley, leader of Identity Europa. Mosley likened Spencer’s hecklers with “wild hyenas” who had been “brainwashed by anti-white propaganda from their academics, from the media.”
“This right here, what you’re doing, is the best recruitment tool for us that you could possibly ever give us,” Mosley said.