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Protesters Stand Against Neo-Nazism In Gainesville

Protesters in Gainesville at National Policy Institute event. Courtesy of Emily Lang

Richard Spencer, white nationalist and National Policy Institute president, held a private speaking event at the University of Florida. The National Policy Institute, a white supremacist think tank, regulated ticket distribution of the event. Spencer’s longstanding history of perpetuating hate speech and neo-Nazism ideology ignited students of the University of Florida and Gainesville residents to protest against Spencer’s presence.

Among the crowd of protesters stood a muscular, clean-cut, white male, Eric Wreckerlee. “My grandfather went over to Europe to deal with Nazis, I figure a can make a two and a half hour drive,” states Wreckerlee.

The protesters were in the majority, and represented a diverse group of individuals. From DACA students, members of the NAACP,  Jewish mothers, Latinos, veterans, and children as young as five years old, the crowd represented a solidified front against fascist rhetoric.


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