Kent State Declines White Supremacist Richard Spencer's Request to Speak on Campus on May 4

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Kent State responded quickly to a request from white supremacist Richard Spencer and other alt-righters to rent space on campus for a speaking engagement on May 4, the anniversary of the Kent State shootings in 1970.

Citing the packed academic calendar during the week before and after the date, the university declined the request while voicing support of freedom of expression. The school's full statement is below.

"Kent State University has responded to a request from associates of Richard Spencer to speak on campus May 4 that we are unable to accommodate his request. The weeks of April 30 - May 12 are always an exceptionally busy time on our campus, with numerous activities marking the end of our academic year.

"Kent State values respectful dialogue from all points of view, including ideology that is controversial or offensive. Consistent with our core values, we encourage open dialogue, freedom of expression and respectful discourse in an inclusive environment."
After being met with denials from other schools including Michigan State and Ohio State, Spencer and/or his supporters have filed lawsuits or threatened legal action. MSU, in settling a lawsuit filed by Spencer's lawyer late last year, yesterday announced Spencer would be allowed to speak on campus. We'll let you know if there are any further development's following Kent State's decision.


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