This letter was faxed to US Attorney General Eric Holder, and Oklahoma Senators Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn, Wednesday, February 24, 2010, around 11:30 am, CST:
February 24, 2010
Attorney General Eric Holder
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
Dear Mr. Holder,
My name is David Yeagley. I am a Comanche Indian, from Oklahoma. I wish to report a dramtic and illegal denial of First Amendment rights which occurred in the Washington, DC area, the week of February 15, 2010.
I am sure you are concerned, since a year ago to the day, you declared that America was a nation of cowards because they are afraid to talk about race. I report to you that a group of people attempted to assemble peacefully to discuss race intelligently, and they were harassed, even with death threats, to the point of cancelling their conference–twice.
In a period of less than two weeks, The American Renaissance Conference attempted to procure hotel and meeting space for its members and speakers, and four different hotels cancelled their contracts due to harassment and threats made against their management and their employees.
I was one of the invited speakers at this conference, and I take these events quite seriously. I have presented the matter here as simply and abstractly as possible. I hope that you can see the gravity of the crime. The First Amendment was utterly denied me, and many others.
I appeal to you, because of your special perception of the race subject. I was impressed with your initial candor when you assessed the nation’s fear of race. I see this American Renaissance situation as a great opportunity for you to support those who are not afraid. Here a group of respectable people desired to meet together publicly, and to discuss race. They were denied. Opponents were afraid to let anyone talk about race.
Will you prosecute the offending opponents? Will you make good your word, and support the American Renaissance? This is a golden opportunity to do so. You yourself could host them in the future, there at the DOJ, and perhaps even be the keynote speaker.
Dr. David A. Yeagley (enrolled Comanche)
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
CC: Oklahoma Senators Jim Inhofe, Tom Coburn
There were telephone calls made, and assurances given that the fax was received. We shall inform our readers the minute we receive any response from any of the offices involved. It is highly unlikely, but, this letter was an initial action taken in defense of the First Amendment. It is not known at this time whether American Renaissance has taken any such action at this point.