Taxpayers forced to spend half a million dollars on making Neo-Nazi’s university speech possible


For a prominent Neo-Nazi supremacists Richard Spencer to speak at the University of Florida last week people had to pay over $500,000 to avoid counteractions his speech might have caused. The University of Florida is publicly funded and therefore, is technically a government institution financed from the budget, or in other words, from taxes people pay. This means that under the right to free speech, the University is unable to prevent speakers on their campus unless there is a significant threat to safety and security, but for Spencer they made an exception. The University of Florida has released a detailed question and answer statement on their website, which highlights the financial implications of the speech: The statement says:”More than $500,000 will be spent by UF and other agencies to enhance security on campus and in the city of Gainesville for this event. This includes costs from the University of Florida Police Department, Gainesville Police Department, Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Highway Patrol and other agencies providing first responders.” To this students reacted with a strong opposition to Spencer’s appearance in the campus.


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