Richard Spencer will win this battle…
They shut down his speech because they are afraid the kids will get upset and potentially be violent?
Spencer’s booking was canceled because of an assessment by the Auburn Police Division. Police may have a heightened presence on campus Tuesday ahead of Spencer’s event and planned protests and rallies opposing his visit.
“The Auburn Police Division is continuing to work with its state and federal partners to monitor threat assessments associated with this event and will staff as appropriate to mitigate or assess any threats or safety concerns,” said Assistant Chief William Matthews.
Speaker censorship based on vague, or even more concrete, safety concerns has historically failed to pass constitutional muster with the U.S. Supreme Court. In the case of Terminiello v. City of Chicago, an anti-Semitic priest’s speech was shut down and he was arrested for attracting a literal mob outside of the venue. But the court found that mobs and popular opinion do not govern who can and cannot speak in the United States of America.
Justice William O. Douglass wrote:
Accordingly a function of free speech under our system of government is to invite dispute. It may indeed best serve its high purpose when it induces a condition of unrest, creates dissatisfaction with conditions as they are, or even stirs people to anger. Speech is often provocative and challenging. It may strike at prejudices and preconceptions and have profound unsettling effects as it presses for acceptance of an idea.”
Way to go, if you would just ignore this jerk, no one would even know about this.
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