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Should Nazis have the right to free speech?

White supremacist Richard Spencer is speaking at the University of Florida and has the entire campus bracing for violence; with one teacher called the situation a "powder keg." Florida's governor declared a state of emergency in Gainesville, and many are saying Spencer―or anyone who advocates for ethnic cleansing―shouldn't be allowed to speak. Others say even hate is protected by the First Amendment, and the answer to repugnant speech is more speech that decries bigotry and violence. What do you think? 

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University administrators denied an earlier request for Spencer to speak, citing the violence in the wake of Charlottesville. But as a state university, they said they had to let Spencer speak on campus eventually. The university's president, W. Kent Fuchs, urged students and staff to protest the event by avoiding it altogether. Is the answer to hate speech denying it an audience?

"[D]o not provide Mr. Spencer and his followers the spotlight they are seeking," he wrote. "By shunning him and his followers, we will block his attempt for further visibility."
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Others say this event is complete garbage. Spencer was not invited to speak at the University of Florida by the University or by any student groups, yet by law the university must provide security for the event, which will cost more than half $1 million. Students and faculty are afraid to attend work and classes. A Jewish sorority warned its members not to wear their letters. How many people is this man allowed to terrorize in the name of free speech?

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The recent memory of Charlottesville, where antiracist protester Heather Heyer was killed and dozens injured, looms large in Gainesville. 

Every person who’s ever misused arguments for free speech to defend white supremacists has some measure of Heather Heyer’s blood on their hands.
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 The Alligator Brewing Company came up with a very creative way to protest Spencer, shrink his platform, and perhaps reduce the chance of violence.

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Can a professional bigot just show up to an American university to sow chaos? Would ISIS be allowed to do the same?

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But others say Spencer and other members of the all rights are  manipulating the situation for their own notoriety and gain. They want violence and martyrdom, it's how they make their living. The way to handle them is to ignore them.

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