— Poland MFA🇵🇱 (@PolandMFA) October 26, 2017
More than two dozen European countries reportedly banned white supremacist Richard Spencer from entry, The Associated Press reported. The European Union’s Schengen Area, a group of 26 countries that allow visa-free travel, placed a five-year travel ban on Spencer this week, Poland’s state-run news agency PAP said. “I’m being treated like a criminal by the Polish government. It’s just insane,” Spencer told the AP on Wednesday. “I haven’t done anything. What are they accusing me of?” Last month, Poland expressed its opposition to Spencer’s plan to attend a seminar organized around the country’s independence day and an international right-wing conference…. Spencer told the AP he decided to cancel his travel plans because “it just didn’t feel like it was worth it.”
Today’s coffee-spew moment: In a truly, deliciously ironic twist, Richard Spencer, that brave, selfless champion of White northern European heritage, has been banned by 26 European countries. It’s sad the U.S. can’t do the same thing, but the Trump Administration is all about advancing the cause of White supremacy these days. Spencer represents a good chunk of Trump’s base- those “White Makes Right” zealots who show up in places like Charlottesville, VA, brandishing torches and racist chants.
Spencer’s claims of innocence- “I haven’t done anything”- aside, advancing the cause of racial animus, while not a crime in this country, should be resisted at every turn. Our 1st Amendment means that free speech can be and very often is objectionable and offensive speech…but most European countries take a far dimmer view of Spencer’s movement.
This isn’t the first time Spencer has rubbed European governments the wrong way. Given the continent’s experience during WWII, the sensitivity (and resistance) to hate speech is far more pronounced. If the U.S. had lost millions to a movement based on ethnic and religious hatred, I suspect things would be far different here.
He was previously banned from the Schengen Area for three years after he attempted to host a white nationalist conference in Hungary in 2014. Spencer ended up being arrested and imprisoned for three days before being deported, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Spencer and his think tank, the National Policy Institute, was also kicked out of a Maryland winery where they had gathered for a conference this week, once the owners discovered who was hosting it.
Despite his claims of innocence, one thing seems crystal clear:
Karma is a real bitch.