The Council of Conservative Citizens planned on a conference detailing the future of the organization in Music City. Instead activists and residents used Twitter to take a stand against what they believed to be a white nationalist party.
On Sunday afternoon, August 23, Emmy-winning actress and philanthropist Jackee Harry openly posted about mainstream media’s inability to talk about the success of black Americans without it being a side note. There’s a lot of truth in that kernel.
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So instead, let’s talk about a proactive step against provocation.
Earlier this week, a Twitter campaign revealed that the Council of Conservative Citizens would be holding a conference in Nashville over the weekend at a Guesthouse Inn. For who have no idea about the organization, basic ideology is “uptown Klan”—to quote Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
While the Ku Klux Klan proudly waves Confederate flags, the CCC look to divide and conquer in a more congenial manner.
Founded on the principals of the White Citizens Council, a group in the 1950s and 1960s pushing for segregation, the CCC believes that Western European heritage only belongs to the white race. Anyone who knows history can realize the constant conquering nature of ancient civilizations pretty much removed that possibility around the time of the Romans.
The Southern Poverty Law Center claims the CCC to be a hate group. To the Council, America’s white founders’ background in monarchical England means “to not be segregated goes against the tenants of Christianity. God is the author of racism. God is the One who divided mankind into different types." In fact, "mixing the races is rebelliousness against God," per their own site.
The defenders of white supremacy would rather you focus on their ad hominem attacks than the CCC conference this weekend in Nashville.— Lawrence Brown (@BmoreDoc) August 19, 2015
After being brought into the conversation via activists, I witnessed the impact of the #ShutDowntheCCC Twitter rally pretty well. One activist leading the boycott and possible protest pushed information for the site as well as the corporate owners. I emailed the company for a comment on the piece and received a reply from Guest Relations on the event.
“Thank you for reaching out to Red Lion Hotels Guest Relations department with your concerns. We are unaware of this group at Nashville and are looking into the situation.”
Not long after, the conference was removed from the hotel and confirmed by multiple sources. Activists and residents pushed against the white congregation.
While white members joined the fight, the leadership and community building belongs to the black members. Their fight against the rising tide of oppression and murder helped lead a successful and preventative measure. Leadership does not mean a singular person; instead leadership in a movement is vast and incorporates a lot of voices looking to be heard.
According to the Tennessean, the CCC made headlines once it became apparent mass murderer Dylann Storm Roof had visited the site and used the rhetoric to justify his own words and deeds in perpetuating racial injustices.
"This is definitely not what the Guesthouse Inn represents,” Director of Sales Michelle Johnson told the paper on Thursday.
Activists spent tireless time making sure that “it was brought to our attention to what this group might possibly be." Turns out “the group will not be at our hotel, nor will they ever be at our hotel."
CCC board member Brad Griffin confirmed the cancellation, lamenting to the agency about the problems in organizing in private spaces.
“We can't reserve a hotel conference room without groups organizing out there to make death threats to cancel the conference, certain protests and stuff. One after another, these private hotels fold.”
It should be noted the activists never advocated or relied on death threats. "The most outrageous thing about this is you have these people posturing as civil rights groups when their real agenda is taking away the civil rights of others."
As for the statement on Roof’s rhetoric being similar, Griffin absolves the group of all responsibility. "He's responsible for his own actions. No one I know had ever heard of this guy."
Meanwhile, the SPLC notes that deceased founder and CEO’s Gordon Baum’s daughter Renee Griffin corroborated her husband’s statements. According to a post on Facebook, she believes “the hotel caved and cancelled on us,” which disrupted plans “to discuss our future.”
Brad Griffin is founder of Occidental Dissent, a white nationalist website. Under the pseudonym Hunter Wallace, he stated that “SJWs” (social justice warriors) had caused the entire breakdown.
Of course, one factor may be the economic backlash for a protest. Media has shown that impact of protestors, like the Latino and Hispanic push for NBC Universal to cut ties with Donald Trump after a litany of racially provocative statements have been mentioned on the Republican campaign trail.
It worked. Trump is no longer the face of shows like The Apprentice, his creation. And he is no longer a forefront representation of the Miss Universe Organization, including Miss USA. While he ranks high in public polls, on the business side, his name is mud.
In a recovering economy like the United States, financial factors must be weighed. And managing to not ruin a reputation over disputable facts makes sense. But the event would not have been canceled were it not for the activists looking to make a difference.
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And they did.