Michigan State Will Host Richard Spencer After Lawsuit. Will Others Follow?

Angelo Anderson
January 18, 2018

Spencer's group will not hold any other gathering or event at MSU.

- Michigan State University has agreed to allow white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak on campus during spring break. But he'll be away from the center of campus, at the livestock pavilion auditorium.

Spencer will pay the university $1,650 for the rental. MSU will arrange for police.

The speaking engagement was reached as part of a legal settlement between the university and Cameron Padgett, a representative of the National Policy Institute. Spencer's group won't pay anything towards it. "This includes a security fee".

Spencer, a leading figure in the white nationalist movement, and his associates have sought to speak at universities across the country, leading to lawsuits and battles over the fundamental right to free speech at public universities.

Padgett also requested space for a speech at Kent State on the May 4, the anniversary of the Ohio National Guard shootings.

The agreement came after Spencer's attorney, Kyle Bristow, filed a lawsuit against MSU in August 2017 when the university denied Spencer a space to speak on campus Aug. 17, 2017.

Kent State would only say that it's reviewing the request, said Eric Mansfield, a school spokesman. That's the date, almost 48 years ago, when national guardsmen fired into a crowd protesting the Vietnam War and killed four students. In response, Padgett and Bristow sued, seeking $75,000 and an injunction to let Spencer speak.

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