Sunday, April 03, 2016
Dixie Segregationist Group is Evicted from Public Library, where It was Holding Meetings
Re-posted by Nicholas Stix
Black Lives Matter meetings run afoul of library's policy
By Joey Garrison
February 19, 2016
USA Today Network/The Tennessean
NASHVILLE — Library officials have told Nashville's chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement that meetings restricting those who attend by race aren't allowed on public property.
The decision has outraged Black Lives Matter members. [Imagine “reporter” Joey Garrison adopting the same tone, if the organization in question were white.] But Nashville Public Library officials said they’re following a library policy that specifies all meetings at their facilities must be open to the public and news media.
[Actually, they weren’t following library policy, but federal law, to wit, the U.S. Civil Rights Act, which was passed and signed into law in 1964 by Lyndon Johnson, at the behest of Martin Luther King Jr.]
“The library didn’t cancel anyone’s meeting,” said library spokeswoman Emily Waltenbaugh, referring to a Black Lives Matter meeting Saturday that has been moved to a church. “We’re taxpayer funded. We have to be open to anyone any time.”
For the past few months, the Black Lives Matter movement here has had chapter meetings at the North Branch Library.
But the group has a rule, said Joshua Crutchfield, an organizer of the Nashville chapter: Only blacks or other minorities are allowed to attend. That means whites are excluded.
[And of course, the “rule” of a black supremacist group supercedes “the white man’s law.” Note that the organizer doesn’t even try to hide what he’s doing. The law simply doesn’t matter to BLM.]
Someone complained this week to the library system about the Black Lives Matter policy, prompting a library employee to inform the group of the library policy. Rather than open the meetings, the group decided to move less than a mile away to Dixon Memorial United Methodist Church.
“Due to white supremacy in our local government, this week’s BLM General Body Meeting location has changed,” a notice posted on the Nashville chapter of Black Lives Matter’s Facebook page reads. The notice says the group’s meetings are “open to black and non-black people of color only."
"We were surprised about it, but we shouldn't have been," Crutchfield said. "We kind of know the history about how this goes in this country. … It's definitely something we want to make public to tell people what's going on in the city."
Waltenbaugh stressed that the library didn’t cancel the group’s meeting but alerted the Black Lives Matter chapter to the library's policy of all meetings open to all. When members learned of the library’s policy, they chose to move their meeting to a new location, she said.
Previous meetings of the chapter occurred at the library because library staff was unaware of the group's exclusions. A library customer had seen advertising for the groups [sic] Saturday meeting at the library and told staff because the person felt excluded, she said.
The Nashville Public Library system is committed to civil rights and has a department devoted to the topic, Waltenbaugh said. The downtown library has twice had recent screenings of a film by director Stanley Nelson on the Black Panther movement.
[If the system is committed to black supremacism, why did they tell BLM they couldn’t have segregated meetings?]
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