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Well, there’s national pride, and then there’s white supremacy.
Richard Bertrand Spencer would clearly be classified as the latter. He is the president of the National Policy Institute, a white supremacist think tank. A fancy word for a bunch of smart asses who think they are better than everyone else.
Supremacist maybe the wrong term for this man, in his eyes he is an “identitarian”. He believes in a white homeland for the “dispossessed white race” and “peaceful ethnic cleansing”. Last time I heard the words ethnic cleansing, I had the images of the genocides in Africa stuck in my head. There’s nothing peaceful about that.
Regardless, Richard Spencer is not the only one who identifies strongly with the white identity. The “alt-right” movement is growing and with Donald J. Trump’s presidency, a sense of courage has sparked in the hearts of these people.
Let’s pause for a second and understand that this is a man that quoted Nazi propaganda. He literally shouted “Hail Trump, hail our people, hail victory!”, all the while other supporters were doing the Nazi salute. Didn’t we have a 2nd world war to defeat an enemy that supported such controversial ideologies?
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Well, there are always enemies to your ideas and Richard Spencer is not without his. Protesters booed and chanted “Go home, Spencer!”, during his speech on Thursday at the University of Florida, Gainesville.
The scene was incredibly epic as Richard Spencer attempted to do his speech but was confronted by hecklers. Even so, Spencer didn’t give up easily as he jeered back “I’m not going home, I will stand here all day if I have to,”
Fearing a possible riot, the Governor of Florida declared a state of emergency, allowing law enforcement to cooperate more efficiently. With the state of emergency in effect, local law enforcement was able to control the situation and prevent a possible scenario similar to the recent Charlottesville.