TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - University of Alabama officials say Jared Taylor will not speak on campus.
Officials say this is because Students for America First does not meet the registered student organization requirements.
The university released the following statement:
ORIGINAL: Jared Taylor's speech at the University of Alabama now may not be happening.
Taylor, a man some people call a white nationalist, is editor of the "American Renaissance" website. A University of Alabama student group invited him to speak on campus later this month on the topic, "Diversity, is it good for America?"
We've learned the speech might not happen after someone affiliated with the group stepped down.
Taylor's invitation from members of Students For America First to speak could now be on hold or canceled all together.
WBRC received an email attributed to Dr. Christine Taylor, Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity Equity and Inclusion at the University of Alabama. It reads in part that the advisor for that student group stepped down last week. Having an advisor is a requirement for a group to able to use UA academic spaces.
Amanda Reyes, a Latina UA graduate and currently a doctoral student, disagrees with Taylor's visit.
"I think the university should look really closely at the kinds of things that this person is teaching and the kinds of things that people do with that information because it seems like it is creating a very unsafe environment," Reyes said.
We called Students For America First about the situation. Someone with the organization hung up without answering our questions.