The right thing at the University of Florida - Opinion

The right thing at the University of Florida

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 8:43 am

It took a declaration of a state of emergency and $600,000 worth of security, including snipers, paid for by taxpayers, but the appearance of white supremacist Richard Spencer at the University of Florida last week passed largely without violence. That’s a very different outcome than at the August march Spencer led in Charlottesville that resulted in the death of a counter-protester who was run over by an apparent Spencer supporter.

It’s clear that authorities in Gainesville learned the lessons of Charlottesville and provided enough security to dampen the possibility of riots and murder. They should be commended for their advance planning, which rendered Spencer’s provocative appearance just another exercise in unpopular speech.

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