A reader asked about the library meeting room guidelines, because there’s going to be a white supremacist group meeting there tomorrow from 7:00pm-9:00pm in the Saxe Room. (Just in time for Black Culture Movie Night!)
The meeting room guidelines are here. Of interest:
All meetings must be open to the public.
No admission fees may be charged. The Board of Directors may waive this regulation for library-sponsored events held at times other than normally scheduled hours of opening. The Board of Directors may permit The Friends of Worcester Public Library or the Worcester Public Library Foundation to charge admission for programs held to benefit the Library. If there is a charge to enter a program during hours that the library is open, this activity may not restrict access to regular library services.
Permission to a group to meet at the library does not in any way constitute or imply an endorsement of its policies, beliefs or program by the City of Worcester, any library official, or the Board of Library Directors.
Let it be known that I am not a representative of the library and that the opinions expressed below are my own.
I believe that public libraries are one of the greatest inventions of the past 300 years. I believe that freedom of assembly is one of the greatest freedoms we have.
There are some folks out there who would like to pressure the Worcester Public Library to not allow the white supremacists to meet at the library. I respectfully disagree, and I will absolutely fight for the right for these jerks to meet.
These white supremacists are professional assholes. I’m sure — despite the fact that I’m more up on actual Anglo-Saxon language and culture than they ever will be — that they consider me somewhere between “dirty” and “mud person.” So much for being from the ethnic group that brought you democracy!
But those assholes deserve the right to have their meeting just like other folks have the right to watch The Souls of Black Girls.
If you’ve got an issue with what they stand for, protest it.
But don’t play games with their first amendment rights just because they make you uncomfortable.
Would you rather these folks be on the DL or would you rather they come out in the light so that you can confront their misbegotten ideas? Would you rather drive them underground so that it looks like they’re oppressed by the big bad liberals, or would you rather expose them for what they really are — hatemongers who are opposed to everything good about this country we live in?
The library is not about making nice ideas available to nice people. It’s about providing knowledge — good, bad, and ugly — to the citizenry. It’s about educating the people-with-a-capital-P.
We live in a world that some people think is color-blind. Some folks even think that racism doesn’t exist anymore.
Thank goodness we’re going to be schooled on that tomorrow night.