Auburn University students are angry after a judge ruled white supremacist Richard Spencer, known for his alt-right opinions, could give a speech at the school by right of free speech.
The speech started at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, but protesters gathered at 6 p.m. on the student center steps.
Sydney Sims, a freshman majoring in journalism was at the protest. She said: "I think it's a slap in the face to every minority on campus to face some who spread this level of hate speech."
Continuing on about the university allowing the speech, she said, "This campus is supposed to foster diversity and equality, an equal learning opportunity for people no matter color, socioeconomic status, or walks of life. The Nazi, whom I will not name because acknowledgment of name is recognition of power, should use his platform to spread messages of love and assimilation. We will not stand for this as students of Auburn and we will protest every single time."
On Auburn's campus, fliers were put up against the coming protests.
Atlanta Antifa, or Atlanta Antifascists, is a group against white supremacists and fascism. They were wearing masks, but police ordered they be taken off.
Students have been protesting outside the hall during the speech.
Jasmine Gaddist, a freshman pre-med major did not attend the protest, but does not support the speech. "I just disagree with his ideas. I think he preaches hate and it's unfair. No race and no gender is any better than the other."
Bria Lewis, a freshman apparel design major said: "As a black Auburn student, it hurts to know that people like Spencer can be allowed to speak on this campus. We know he has the right to free speech, but all he does is spew hate and incite violence. I just don't feel like our university is about that, so we protested."
Protests are ongoing.
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