Posted on January 18, 2018

White Supremacist Richard Spencer Will Speak at Michigan State After All

David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, January 18, 2108

{snip} Richard Spencer will speak for two hours on Michigan State University’s campus on March 5, the university and Spencer’s lawyers have agreed. That is the first day of MSU’s spring break.

The agreement came in a settlement of a lawsuit filed by attorney Kyle Bristow against MSU after it denied Spencer’s representatives space to speak on campus.

“This is a resounding First Amendment victory for the Alt-Right,” Bristow told the Free Press. “Left-wing censorship of right-wing ideas in academia is unacceptable.

“Richard Spencer gets to speak and MSU gets to pay” the cost associated with security.


According to the terms of the agreement:

  • Spencer will speak from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. March 5 in the auditorium in the Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education.
  •  Spencer will pay the university $1,650 for the rental.
  • MSU will provide police and security for the event. Spencer’s group won’t pay anything toward it.
  • MSU will set up a ticketing process for the event and control entry to the event.
  • Spencer’s group will provide insurance for the event.
  • Spencer’s group will not hold any other gathering or event at MSU.


Spencer’s group has a similar request pending at the University of Michigan, where President Mark Schlissel has said the university would negotiate with the group for a safe way to allow them on campus.


MSU ultimately denied Spencer’s National Policy Institute space to speak on campus, citing safety concerns. Spencer’s group then sued MSU in federal court.

A federal judge ordered the two sides into mediation.

Court filings made Thursday show the two sides agreed to the settlement and agreed to dismiss the lawsuit.