Richard Spencer’s planned visit to our campus served as a reminder of the rising tide of white supremacy in our country and communities. Although he was barred from campus by President Barron, Spencer filed suit citing free speech violations. Nothing has been handed down by the courts, but they will likely side with Spencer. In this case, the University will be ordered to rent him space on campus.
Regardless of his legal protection, we as a community of students, faculty, staff, and State College residents will never welcome him, his supporters, or his hate-filled ideas to our community. Our community is one of many races, religions, national origins, sexual orientations, genders, classes, ages, and ideologies. Alone, each community member has purpose. Together, those individuals have power greater than the sum of their parts.
To showcase the diverse peoples and ideas which make Penn State great, an event is to be held from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Webster’s Bookstore Cafe. The event will feature local musicians, poets, performers, and speakers all of whom are going to echo and affirm the legacy of Dr. King. An art installation is set to be co-created by all who attend. All are welcome.