I look back on this day and violently cringe, fam.
Cameron Padgett, the guy who sued Auburn for Richard Spencer could be allowed to speak there in April 2017, is dead. He won that lawsuit and came away from it with $29,000 in damages.
As the Spencer Tour moved forward in 2017, Cameron filed more lawsuits against other universities like the University of Florida, Penn State, Ohio State University and Michigan State to pressure them into hosting Richard Spencer. If memory serves, I recall hearing that he was eventually counter sued and was left holding the bag for his efforts. He disappeared after the collapse of the Alt-Right and ended up dead late last year at the age of 33. The last time I heard anything about him was when he showed up at “Charlottesville Three” with a tiki torch at night following Richard Spencer around who had vowed in a manic nervous breakdown after Unite the Right to return again and again to haunt the town. Spencer did return to Charlottesville later that year with Eli Mosley and IE and the media in tow.
Auburn is the closest place that I have to a second hometown. I attended Richard Spencer’s speech there out of solidarity. I wanted to support the Alt-Right movement. I knew a lot of other people in the area who went for pretty much the same reasons. Even if we didn’t agree with Spencer on everything, we wanted to support the cause. He had our goodwill because we thought he was at least standing up for free speech and White people. We weren’t looking at the Spencer Tour and seeing it as a rip off of the MILO tour or looking at Richard as someone who wanted to make a name for himself and to become a minor celebrity like MILO by identifying himself in the public mind with the Alt-Right label that he had discarded years before when he started Radix Journal. We didn’t have the same motivations.
What was the point of this?
What did Richard even say in this theatrical Nietzschean word salad?
As I look back on the time that Richard Spencer came to Auburn, the thing that I seem to remember the most was how he got into an argument with Auburn students about sportsball. There was no interest in the audience. There wasn’t any interest in the security of the attendees. Everyone seemed to be there for the sole purpose of admiring Richard Spencer and creating a media splash for him.
The entry and exit also left a bigger impression on me than the speech. Spencer split out the back door and skipped town. I remember Matt Heimbach charging into the crowd of protesters outside with a shield. Gabe was there. I’m pretty sure one of the TWP guys who came down to Auburn with Heimbach got their jaw broken in a fight outside the building. There was another friend of mine who got into a confrontation and a fight with Antifa when he was trying to enter the venue. He got arrested that day.
The whole event was ill conceived, imitative and geared toward self promotion. It didn’t have a positive impact on campus. It got people hurt who were there to support the cause. Surely, the thing that grates the most though is knowing that the guy who put this event on never even believed in free speech.
The moral of the story: you should think twice before jumping on bandwagons, branding yourself with labels that you may later regret and making sacrifices “for the cause.” Everyone involved in this story was J-woke and redpilled on race, but we overlooked the character of the man at the center of it.
If you takeaway anything from this series, it is this. Character is destiny. There is too much focus on White identity and Jews. There is not enough focus on culture and character. We desperately need more of a balance. Being White alone isn’t much of a guide to what kind of person you want to be in life.