MSU Says NO To a White Nationalist Group Speaking On Campus
Michigan State University has said no to allowing a white nationalist group to hold an event on their campus.
The group 'National Policy Institute' (NPI) was denied the opportunity to hold an event on MSU's campus, this week. Michigan State University consulted law enforcement, made a decision, and released a statement...
"This decision was made due to significant concerns about public safety in the wake of the tragic violence in Charlottesville last weekend,"
NPI wished to rent a space on the college campus sometime in mid-September to hold an event with a featured speaker. The decision to not welcome the political group on States campus comes on the heels of the tragedies that occurred last weekend in Charottesville. Richard Spencer, (NPI president) spoke last weekend at a rally in Charottesville where one woman was killed, and 19 others where injured when a man (not affiliated with NPI), drove his car into a group of protesters.
Mlive.com reported that...
"This week, two other universities -- Texas A&M and University of Florida -- opted against hosting events involving Spencer or the National Policy Institute in the wake of Charlottesville."
MSU student body president of the Associated Students of Michigan State University, Lorenzo Santavicca spoke with Mlive.com about the schools decision...
"It's too close for comfort for this group to come to campus after what happened in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the past weekend," he said. "I'm really glad that Michigan State put values of our spartan community over that message in showing what matters more to our community at this point in time.""
Hats off to MSU for putting their students safety first. That really is an important issue for every college campus.
I can only think at this moment...what if it were Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College or Kalamazoo Valley Community College. The thought of a group spreading hate on our amazing campuses is truly upsetting. I know that college campuses are wonderful places to share ideas, I just think that hate is not an idea to share. I am relieved that our schools have not had to deal with idea of any hate group rallying at their instantiations!