On March 5th, Alt-Right poster boy, Richard Spencer, and his lawyer and MSU alumni, Kyle Bristow, are bussing in 300+ sympathizers from a private conference in Detroit to a speaking engagement at the MSU Pavilion. MSU initially said no to Spencer citing Charlottesville as an example of altright violence, but this was overturned in a court settlement.nIn another time, perhaps it would be socially acceptable to ignore Nazis recruiting in our backyard, but the political atmosphere of 2018 cannot afford this.
Richard Spencer is a fool, but he’s a tactical fool. His speaking tour is part of a strategic measuring of our region’s openness to racist and fascist ideas. Ignoring Spencer now is a complicit failure to tell future racist organizers that the Capitol Area, and Michigan in general, will not stand for hate. With the mass of MSU students gone for spring break, it falls on the shoulders of the Greater Lansing area to turn out to say no to ideologies of political and racial violence.nAfter Charlottesville last summer, a handful of Nazis tried to organize in Boston and the city turned out en masse to shut them down. It is my hope for the Capital Area that we can meet these fascist recruiters with a critical mass of community resistance. If the courts give these Nazi outsiders a platform, then it’s up to us to take that platform away. See you March 5th at the MSU Pavilion!n Brandon Lee Lansing