Skip to comments.Olive Branch Hotel (MS) GM Quits Ahead of White Power Meeting
Posted on 10/30/2008 4:03:45 PM PDT by Sybeck1
Whispering Woods Manager Received Threats
OLIVE BRANCH, Miss
The general manager of a Memphis-area conference center hotel has resigned, saying he received threats over a white power group's planned meeting at the facility next month.
Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke is promoting the Nov. 7-9 event billed as the "European American Unity and Rights Conference" at the Whispering Woods Hotel and Conference Center.
Whispering Woods manager Travis Murray said Wednesday he quit after his work telephone number and work e-mail address were distributed in an e-mail by the Memphis-based civil rights group Mid-South Peace and Justice Center, which says it tracks the white power group. Murray said he had received telephone calls from individuals who said they know his home address.
Center officials say they sent the e-mail so that members could let Whispering Woods know the hotel might lose business for hosting the conference.
Jacob Flowers, director of the Peace and Justice Center, said no personal information about Murray was included in the group's e-mail and that his group condemns any violence.
Duke, who describes himself as a white civil rights advocate, said In a statement posted on his Web site the conference aims to "issue a clarion call" for a white power movement across the United States.
"This conference will be the first powerful voice of our people in reaction and protest to the election, and the lack of any real choice and any real democracy in America," Duke said in the statement.
Duke told The Memphis Commercial Appeal that his group has a right to gather at a hotel that is open to the public, and Whispering Woods could not legally refuse their business.
"If a black group was refused, there would be civil rights lawsuits being filed," he told the newspaper. "We have the same rights."
A statement issued by Whispering Woods on Wednesday said it was initially unaware of the nature of the group holding the conference but that it was legally obligated to host it.
Flowers said the group had initially identified its event as an environmental advocacy conference, and Whispering Woods mailed a contract.
Flowers said the environmental group's name was crossed out and replaced with the European American Unity name when the contract was returned. The contract was then signed by a hotel official, although not by Travis Murray.
Law enforcement authorities say they will be out in force during the conference and an upcoming security exercise, already scheduled, will help prepare for any violence or unrest associated with the conference. However, authorities say they do not expect problems
I wonder what the reaction would have been if it had been Cindy Sheehan.
Non clickable link intentional. (klan scum supporting cindy page)
Is the EAURC any different than NAACP? Where is the story?
while not my favorite person, can someone please tell me how David Duke is any worse than Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton or Maxine Walters?
“while not my favorite person, can someone please tell me how David Duke is any worse than Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton or Maxine Walters?”
He’s not any worse-he’s just as bad.
I don’t think anyone can.
That’s debatable, but he’s not nearly as bad as William Ayers or Jeremiah Wright. I don’t see conservatives threatening the lifes or safety of employees at facilioties where they speak.
They’re not legally obligated to host it. They have the right to refuse any customer they wish.
And they would not be refusing on the basis of race, but on the basis of extremism.
Of course, they would be sued.
And so they are probably intimidated.
But this is one case in which I think they should have stood firm and refused.
Why should they have refused it? This isn’t the Klan. they should no more refuse to host this event than they should the NAACP Convention. I find the NAACP to be far more overtly racist and openly hostile to other races than any other so called legitimate organization in the country.
Yeah, I was going to ask the same thing. The further the racial greivance industry went and the more outrageous and all incompassing it became , it seems to me a guy like Duke almost has a point.