Suit seeks OK for white nationalist speech at Auburn


Capt. Lorenza Dorsey, an Auburn police spokesman, says three people were arrested on disorderly conduct charges before Spencer's speech Tuesday night. As he spoke to a full room of about 400 people, three people (two men and a woman) outside were arrested for fighting.

Since the 2016 presidential campaign kicked off, white nationalists and figureheads of the euphemistic "alt-right", like former Breitbart News editor Milo Yianoppolous, have become household names by bringing their inflammatory message to college campuses.

Spencer made good on a promise to visit and speak on the campus of Auburn University Tuesday despite the university canceling his permit last week. "There'd be no history without us", he added later. A crowd of several hundred had gathered on campus by early evening, monitored by dozens of police officers with police dogs.

But in the end the university was forced to host Spencer in Foy Hall Tuesday evening after all when a federal judge in Montgomery issued an order Tuesday afternoon barring it from keeping him from speaking.

Student groups organized a concert before the speech in what they called a peaceful counter to Spencer's hate speech. So Spencer just paid $700 to speak.

Spencer is president of the National Policy Institute, a think tank that proclaims to be "dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States, and around the world".

Auburn University itself was reportedly surprised by Spencer's arrival.

Auburn University itself was caught off guard by the controversial event.

Spencer posted a video statement to YouTube, calling the judge's ruling a "great victory" for the alt-right and free speech.

"Discussing various ideas and perspectives is part of intellectual development, and we applaud those who did so in the spirit of respect and inclusion, even when faced with offensive views much different from their own", said the statement.

Cameron Padgett, who rented the auditorium for the event, sued the university on First Amendment grounds.

One student, however, challenged Spencer so perfectly. 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.