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UNC Says No To Speech By White Nationalist Richard Spencer

The Old Well and flowers on the campus of UNC- Chapel Hill.
Brian Batista
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For WUNC
The University of North Carolina has rejected a request by white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak on campus.

The University of North Carolina has rejected a request by white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak on campus.

Spencer is a leader of the white nationalist movement and attended demonstrations in Charlottesville, Virginia, that erupted into deadly in mid-August.

Chancellor Carol Folt wrote to the campus community on Wednesday that she declined a request for Spencer's National Policy Institute to rent space for him to speak because of "serious concerns about campus safety."

In the aftermath of Charlottesville, hundreds gathered last week at the University of North Carolina to protest a Confederate statue on the Chapel Hill campus. That rally was largely peaceful.

Separately, protesters toppled a Confederate statue in nearby Durham on Aug. 14.

The University of Florida also recently denied a request for Spencer to speak there.
 

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