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The failure of the presumed neo-nazi

The racist agitator Richard Spencer is silenced in Gainesville (Florida) by university students

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The failure of the presumed neo-nazi

Nothing likes racist agitator Richard Spencer more than a stage. This Thursday he put on his best presumptuous oratory galas – gray trousers and waistcoat, white shirt; An ultraright-wing dapper as a Charleston dancer – and went on stand anxious to show off his easy verb and his recycling for 21st century of doctrines that sustained twentieth century racism and ethnic cleansing.

But he failed. Anti-Racist university students who populated armchairs of auditorium in Gainesville of University of Florida did not let him speak. To each series of phrases that tried to hilar answered a rain of boos that cut it. He spent two hours in porphyria, pulling at times a pretended tone of ironic superiority and ors getting irritated and squeaky, and he gave himself incessantly against wall of rejection of young activists. "You are impeding freedom of expression of an intellectual dissident," said Spencer, apologist of white cism.

His followers were many less than expected. Just a few tens. On frontline, in a space for m by police, re were a few young Spencer fans uniformed with a white shirt and hairstyles with a cut similar to agitator. Sometimes y rose from ir seats to Jalearlo, but y were soon overlapped by voices of opposing public. Veto Spencer house! or repeated damn you!. In question Time it followed hubbub, among which we could hear phrases from right wing as "whites create America" or "white people are my people and I think it is beautiful." A young man told him his ideas were like Hitler's.

Kimberly Brown, 27, this Thursday in Gainesville. Pablo de Llano

"No," said Spencer.

– you! – he shouted from audience Janet Akerson, a woman of Cano hair.

Spencer has been cultivating his profile as a media figure in far right. He jumped to fame after presidential victory of Donald Trump in 2016 when he shouted in an auditorium at end of a speech "Hail Trump!" and seen in public arms rising Nazi style. 39 years old and licensed in English literature and music, is a skilful rhetoric and denies being a neo-nazi or a white supremacist, while flirting with memory of uprising Hitler and defends need in US of an "ethno-state in which our people and our FA "Milias can live safe again."

He is defined as a "white Identitarista" – a vindicator of Anglo-Saxon root of his country, which he considers threatened by emerging identities such as black, Latina, feminist or gay –.

He coined alt-right concept that brings toger new reactionary extremisms and has been energized by arrival of Trump's presidency with his xenophobic speeches and his clear preference for white America. The President had as chief strategist until August Stephen Bannon, anor of most noted propagandists linked to alt-right movement. The critical point of this phenomenon occurred in August with violent incidents in Charlottesville (Virgina) in a clash with a deadly victim between far-right and protesters.

On that occasion racists sought to demonstrate against removal of a statue of a Confederate general and one of thrusters of extremist horde – who behaved Nazi symbols and Ku Klux Klan – was Spencer, who was arrested, jumping to media his image seized By screaming cops outraged with look identical to that of ir admired Morrissey singer: hairstyle with calculated toupee and elegant black sunglasses. Presumed in his appearance, Richard Spencer, son of an ophthalmologist and an heiress of a cotton plantation in south of America – now owned by his son and valued at millions of dollars – has been defined by sourn Poverty Law Center, OB reference group Conservation of hate speech, like " version of suit and old white cism, a kind of professional racist in tweezers ' pants."

The fear of a new episode like that made on Monday governor of Florida, Republican Rick Scott, declaring state of emergency in Alachua County (Central Florida), whose main city is Gainesville (130,000 inhabitants), a university city and Of liberal felling – contrary to ideas of Spencer and his own but also what gave m permission to celebrate controversial speech; Student groups and civil society voices reproached University for ir tolerance. Scott's order increased powers of police intervention in event of riots and made available to City Council soldiers of National Guard.

Spencer paid $10,500 for two hours of ater and college use, whose President Kent Fuchs expressed his "disgust" at visitor's ideas, decided to allow event out of respect for right to free opinion guaranteed by First Amendment of Constitution of United States of America.

"We have lost white culture"

Even though he lost battle since he floored stand, Spencer remained re, walking from one side to or as an actor, in a sterile verbal pugilato. In hallways armed police monitored situation and also from amphiatres. Fist aloft opponents did not relent in ir efforts to prevent Spencer's words from being clear to ears of few who had gone to pay attention to him.

Michael Pitts, 27-year-old businessman, he went to listen to him to clarify, he said, his ideas on what he defends: "I am not very clear about Spencer's thinking: Some say he is an absolute Nazi and ors who want whites are proud of what we are." Pitts claims that it is not racist, but thinks that "re is also extremism against whites in America."

The environment and interior of ater were shielded by security forces. Two helicopters flew over place. A plane saileded sky with a banner tied to tail that said, "Love beats hatred!". Hundreds of protesters occupied surrounding streets with placards. "Hatred has no place in America," said Cynthia Rivera, 26, a member of extreme left Antifa movement. "We are giving a platform to a voice that does not represent values of university," protested Percey Peralta, 44 years, who makes a doctorate in ecology.

Kimberly Brown, 27 years old, of Black Lives Matter movement, Spencer considered "a piece of junk" and although he pointed out that law "protects his right to freedom of expression," he said he would like "not to be allowed to speak in one place at all" The country. " Brown, African-American, looked two big earrings with shape of Africa. Near where she spoke, rioters had opened a step to begin to enter public to ater where Spencer will speak. They began to hear loud boos and chants of "not Nazis, not KKK, not fascists in America!" A countermanifester who did not see what was going on asked a friend: "Who are y?" The friend replied, " fascists."

Inside ater, two friends from Florida, Nick and Jeremiah, students, both 19, White, commented without giving ir last name why y are interested in Spencer: "Understand White's disaffection," said Nick. "We don't feel at home in our own country." Jeremiah felt "frustrated because we lost white culture."

-And what is white culture?

He thought a few seconds and answered:

-I do not know what is white culture, precisely that is our problem!

He pointed out that he considers Spencer "a racist" and does not feel "comfortable" with that aspect, Central, of his speech. Nick agreed with his colleague. "The destruction of white culture is not fault of blacks or Latinos, it is our fault." In public re was everything, and most contrary to Spencer: whites, Latinos, blacks, Asians and even some Orthodox Jew, anor of communities rejected by Filonazi Spencer. "All he wants is to go back to times of racism." Have reserved first seats of bus, "said African-American Raynelle Chapman, 49 years


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