It bothers me that when universities reject Richard Spencer’s offers to speak on campus, they invariably add, “This is not because of his ideas. It’s because of safety.” What a pathetic, mealy-mouthed, timid excuse. The universities are under no obligation to host every single person who wants to come over and speak. Each of these schools would have no problem telling you, for instance, that they are not interested in what you have to say. (Unless you are a leading scholar in your field, I mean.)
I have no idea why it’s ok to reject everybody on the basis that we have nothing of value to communicate to the campus but it’s not ok to say that to a neo-Nazi. Especially when it’s so glaringly true.