Neo-Nazi Richard Spencer to speak at Auburn University
White supremacist Richard Spencer confirmed on his Twitter account Wednesday that he is scheduled to speak on Auburn’s campus next week.
Spencer is scheduled to appear Tuesday April 18 in the University's Foy Hall 7PM-9PM.
Spencer is an "alt-right" neo-nazi figurehead, and is the president of the National Policy Institute, a "white nationalist think tank" that calls for "peaceful ethnic cleansing" to halt the "deconstruction of European culture".
He is popularly known as the primary recipient of attention in a recent social media campaign to punch Nazis.
Student outcry has led to the creation of a petition to "disinvite" Spencer. Auburn University put out a statement on Richard's visit stating, "We strongly deplore his views, which run counter to those of this institution. While his event isn’t affiliated with the university, Auburn supports the constitutional right to free speech. We encourage the campus community to respond to speech they find objectionable with their own views in civil discourse and to do so with respect and inclusion."