Because they’re so committed to their racist and segregationist ideology, Black Lives Matter folks in Nashville decided to stop holding their meetings in a public library rather than allow white people to attend.
The group had been meeting in the North Branch library in Nashville for several months. They have one rule: No white people. When someone complained that this is racist and discriminatory, the library told them they had a choice: Allow white people to attend or get out.
They chose to leave and continue their racist policies.
They’re now claiming – of course – that the library’s rule against barring people based on skin color is itself an example of racism.
“Due to white supremacy in our local government, this week’s BLM General Body Meeting location has changed,” they said on their Facebook page.
So the library’s policy of not permitting organizations that discriminate based on race to meet is an example of racism? Riiight.
When they reserved the meeting room, BLM organizers were required to fill out a form where they promised that their meetings would be “open to the public.” But they’re not. Not white people, at least.
BLM insists that the library “cancelled” the meeting. But library officials said all they did was tell BLM they can’t discriminate based on skin color.
“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.”
BLM organizers insisted they need to hold their racially segregated meeting to amplify the voices of “people of color.”
“The Nashville Chapter of BLM has this policy in place to center the voices and experiences of people of color that have historically been excluded or segregated within supposedly public spaces,” a statement from the organization reads.
The statement goes on to argue that spaces for only people of color are “often questioned and viewed with suspicion, though there is seldom any interrogation of white-only board rooms and staffs.”
“However, we view these spaces as integral to healing and community building, particularly to those who have experienced racialized violence and ardently maintain this policy as imperative to the work and mission of BLM.”
That’s fine. Good for you. Hold your racist meetings. Just not in a public library where taxpayers pay for it.
The rest of the country decided many decades ago that racial segregation was not a good thing.