Student protesters and masked "antifa" activists clashed with supporters of "alt-right" leader Richard Spencer as he gave a speech at Auburn University, which tried to keep him away but was overruled by a federal judge on free speech grounds. Some attendees interrupted his talk, and a large group protested outside, chanting, "No fascists, no KKK, no fascist U.S.A".
When white supremacist Richard Spencer chose to speak at Auburn University despite the safety concerns of students, teachers and staff, he was met with violence as well as tough questions.
Spencer previously advocated for an all-white country, stating in 2013, "We need an ethno-state, so that our people can 'come home again, ' can live amongst family and feel safe and secure". A "black cloud" eternally hangs above the heads of most white people, a sense of guilt for their ancestry and concepts like misogyny, Spencer said.
As one of the internet users cleverly noted, Spencer says everything the KKK men or nazis would, not using "jew" or the n-word. Richard Spencer wants violence because violence makes Richard Spencer a bigger princess.
Spencer shouted European colonists had stolen the continental USA from its native populace, continuing, "I'm willing to own slavery".
He explained to the audience that "The Alt-right is about identity.about fighting for white European Americans".
Spencer shook his head: "Seriously, try to get a little more creative".
Free speech or hate speech?
One Auburn student sought to counter the tension over Spencer's visit by holding an outdoor concert under the hashtag #AuburnUnites. At least two arrests were made.
In a statement, the university said it would abide by the decision and allow Spencer to speak.
"Auburn University supports the rights and privileges afforded by the First Amendment".
On Tuesday, a federal judge in Montgomery ruled Auburn University must let Spencer speak on campus, granting him a restraining order against the university.
The school complied but issued a statement saying it would "not allow the efforts of individuals or groups to undermine Auburn's core values of inclusion and diversity".