Wednesday, March 2, 2016

You can't make this up.

Apparently banning segregationist practices is the new white supremacy.  The Daily Tennessean reported last month:

Nashville Public Library officials have told Nashville’s chapter of Black Lives Matter that meetings that welcome only people of color can’t take place inside the city’s libraries.

That decision has outraged members of Black Lives Matter, who say the library canceled all future meetings the group had organized for later this month.

But library officials say they’re simply enforcing a library policy that says all meetings at their facilities must be open to the general public and news media.

“The library didn’t cancel anyone’s meeting,” said library spokeswoman Emily Waltenbaugh, referring to a Black Lives Matter meeting  for Saturday morning that the organization has now rescheduled for a church instead.

“We’re a library,” she said. “We’re taxpayer funded. We have to be open to anyone anytime.”
For the past few months, Black Lives Matter in Nashville has held its chapter meetings at the North Branch Library in North Nashville.
According to Joshua Crutchfield, an organizer of the Nashville chapter of Black Lives Matter, the group has a rule: Only black people as well as non-black people of color are allowed to attend the gatherings. That means white people are excluded from attending.

An individual complained this week to the library system about the Black Lives Matter policy, prompting a library employee to inform the group that events excluding groups of people can’t be held inside Nashville libraries. As a result, the group plans to have its meeting Saturday morning at Dixon Memorial United Methodist Church in North Nashville.

“Due to white supremacy in our local government, this week’s BLM General Body Meeting location has changed,” a notice posted Friday 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 told The Tennessean of the library's decision. "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."
Sean Braisted, spokesman for Mayor Megan Barry, said the library system has a policy and that it enforced it properly.

"The issue doesn't have anything to do with the politics (of Black Lives Matter)," he said. "It's simply a matter of an open-door, open-meeting policy, and that's what the library has adhered to."

Waltenbaugh stressed that the library didn’t cancel the group’s meeting, but rather alerted Black Lives Matter that the library system’s policy calls for all meetings to be open to the general public. She said the group then chose to move to a new location....


Anonymous said...

From the website of the United Methodist Church:
"Open Hearts. Open Minds. Open Doors."

Oh yeah, but no whited allowed.

Anonymous said...

WTF are "non-black people of color"?

Anonymous said...

The new klan

Anonymous said...

7:15 what does the united methodist church have to do with this????

Anonymous said...

8:30.... you should read the article before commenting. It clearly states that BLM group will meet at the Dixon united Methodist Church!!!! That's what it has to do with it. Pay attention please.

Anonymous said...

I am a U.S. Citizen of both racial heritages. I am going to speak on this fairly: We as African American People would be outraged if the situation were reversed and there were meetings held at the library for Caucasians and other descriptions for European descent of non-color( if this human categorization is allowed to this degree.) As a matter of fact, it would be treated as symbolic of the "whites only era" prior to racial freedom. I can't comprehend how any human race (all) can justify excluding a categorization of people for subject matters which affect us all as U.S. citizens.

As a Caucasian, the subject topic of racial profiling is present in all facets. How often are Caucasians labeled as being prejudice for comments made or looks which resemble what is describe in the article as "white supremacy". Really, can anyone honestly say from both cultures that you have never labled someone in error as belonging to a prejudicial group simply because of of outward appearance prior to knowing anything about the individual. I have been around several conversations in which both races feel promotion opportunities were given to one race over the other due to "disadvantages of belonging to a race" or "opportunities given to a race to defend equality".

The point is we will never move forward as a country until all lives matter!

Anonymous said...

@ 9:24 PM is so white.

Anonymous said...

Public integration = white supremacy. Got it.

Anonymous said...

Put that in your pipe and smoke it said...

The symbol of the United Methodist Church is a burning cross. It was adopted in the mid twenties.

Anonymous said...

Read his comment. 9:24 is a 'person of color' that pretends to be white in an attempt to feel relevant. You're not white. Sorry.

Anonymous said...

If Dixon Memorial is indeed part of the United Methodist Church, the church's buildings are owned by the United Methodist Church. It would be interesting to know whether the Conference is okay with this use of its facilities. Also, depending upon what is discussed at the meeting, 501c3 status could be an issue.

Anonymous said...

Kinfgish - is there a way to send you some information? Email?

Anonymous said...

Go look at Dixon UMC Nashville on Google Maps. Right next to something called "Johnsons House of Atena"--another church. Someone in Nashville BLM is likely a member and has reserved it for the meeting. The Conference and perhaps even Pastor were unaware of their racist policy to keep white people out. It will be interesting to see if the church, who now fully knows, still allows its doors to be closed to anyone but blacks and other people of color.

Kingfish said...

Preacher's Kid said...

9;15, the symbol of the UMC is NOT a burning cross, it is a flame (representing the Holy Spirit, and the cross. No part of the cross is burning. Also, it was adopted by the UMC in 1968, not the 1920's. Finally, if Dixon UMC in north Nashville allows such meetings to take place on its property, it will be in violation of several principles and policies of the UMC and it's pastor, if he hasn't already corrected this situation, will be hearing from their bishop for that conference.

Anonymous said...

10:01...a whole lot of organizations (yes, that includes many churches) have violated several principles and policies for fear of being labeled racist. That is huge reason we are in the mess we are in. It happens all the time.

Anonymous said...

For some reason people think only white people can be racist. Hate to break it to you but open your eyes. White people are not even close to the top of the list of racists.

Unca Reemus said...

People are still 'afraid of being labeled racist'? I thought that mule died years ago. I'd much rather be labeled racist than politically correct.

Anonymous said...

I thought conservatives were in favor of private groups deciding their own membership? I heard that argument all of my life at the country club.

Anonymous said...

No group gets to decide their own membership if it is a group made up of whites. Only black groups have the right to limit their membership to those of the same color.
When will you racist crackers learn?

Anonymous said...

James 2:1-4
My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism. For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes, and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, "You sit here in a good place," and you say to the poor man, "You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool," read more.
have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives?

Acts 17:6
and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation,

Anonymous said...

@March 3, 2016 at 9:17 AM and March 2, 2016 at 10:59 PM

From my comments, the only thought process you had was my DNA- the epotime' of irrelevance. It's amazing how my words allowed both of you to label me as belonging to certain race because of your inability to accept the words which were spoken. March 3 says I am a "person of color" and March 2 says "I am so white." My point is proven. Thank you for your display of equivocal attitudes.By the way- you were both right!

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