UNC Chancellor Turns Down Speaking Request from Richard Spencer

UNC Chancellor Turns Down Speaking Request from Richard Spencer

Citing safety concerns, UNC chancellor Carol Folt has denied a request to rent space for prominent white nationalist Richard Spencer to speak on campus.

With the announcement, UNC joins a growing list of universities turning away the man who coined the term “alt-right.”

The request comes as UNC students stage a sit-in calling for the removal of Silent Sam, a Confederate monument on campus and demonstrations nationwide against white supremacy, including one that drew hundreds of people to downtown Durham two weeks ago.

According to a statement from Folt, the request came from the National Policy Institute, where Spencer is president.…

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