USA: American Renaissance conference stymied
So this is how free speech works in America! Only if you AGREE with the liberals/progressives/communists/Black race hustlers are you allowed to have your say. Anybody who doesn’t gets crushed by the bullies. Now I get it! And here I thought that America was tolerant and allowed everyone their say….Guess American Rennaisance is going to have to find a “secret” location to hold it’s next conference as the hotel they’ve booked has canceled their reservation – after being fully informed by AR who they are and what they stand for. Seems like some intolerant Black racist hustler, who is a City councillor, waved his magic Black finger and – poof – no more conference. Wow – he must feel so good about himself such a man of power! What a big man he is – scared of a few hundred little nationalists. What – did he think they were going to go on a rampage in the city and lynch anyone not the same color as them? Mr Big City Councillor – get over yourself you little bully. People who support AR are usually a lot more intelligent than the average Democrat KKK member. You should rather stick to doing your council work – for which you earn a salary and mind your own business. You need a good dose of STFU.
|Here’s the BIG MAN, Patrick Cannon|
When a white nationalist magazine announced a conference in Charlotte, anarchists and other groups vowed to protest or disrupt the gathering.
But behind the scenes the conference apparently met an unexpected obstacle: Charlotte City Council member Patrick Cannon.
On Wednesday, American Renaissance magazine said plans for its annual conference are now in limbo because the hotel where it was scheduled to take place canceled the reservation.
An e-mail Cannon sent to a constituent early this week suggested he was lobbying local hotels to refuse to book American Renaissance.
Cannon wrote that he had contacted hotels and that “they seem to be cooperating.”
“An attempt was made for accommodations at another hotel but based on what I ask to take place they were denied again,” the e-mail said.
Jared Taylor, American Renaissance editor, said Cannon’s e-mail violated the First Amendment.
“It’s unconscionable (that) public officials would try to interfere in private contractual affairs,” Taylor said. “We have never run into this before.”
In a brief interview Wednesday, Cannon said he sent the e-mail to “update a constituent on where things stood.”
“By no means would I be in the business of trying to violate someone’s rights,” Cannon said.
The news came on the same day that the Jewish Defense Organization posted a statement on its website, saying City Council member Warren Turner sent an e-mail to Charlotte hotels about the conference.
Turner denied contacting hotels to stop the conference.
American Renaissance is published by the nonprofit New Century Foundation. The group advocates what it calls “race realism.” The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks such organizations, says Klansmen, neo-Nazis and other white supremacists gather at Renaissance conferences.
Organizers scheduled a conference Feb. 4-6 at the Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel near Charlotte/Douglas International Airport. The group booked 100 rooms at the eight-story hotel, where rooms cost as much as $225 a night.
But the hotel released a statement Wednesday saying officials canceled the reservation for the safety of guests. Organizers did not reveal the nature of the conference when they booked the hotel, the statement said.
Taylor, the magazine editor, disputed the hotel’s account. “We leveled completely with the hotel,” he said. “They said they understood.”
American Renaissance has tried to reserve rooms at other hotels but has been rebuffed, Taylor said.
Taylor said Cannon’s e-mail reflected intolerance and was “profoundly hypocritical.”
Richard Toenjes, associate director of UNC Charlotte’s Center for Professional and Applied Ethics, said Cannon’s e-mail could be construed as a violation of free speech.
“If the person used his or her name which would be recognized as the name of a council member, I’d say the member was functioning as a public official and hence out of line interfering with protected free speech,” Toenjes said.
But Scott Huffmon, a professor of political science at Winthrop University, said merely warning hotels about the upcoming conference is within the rights of elected officials.
“Alerting the hotels and saying this isn’t good for our image is using the bully pulpit, but not necessarily unethical,” Huffmon said. “If he tried to use the position to cajole, coerce or bully that would be different.”