Whitefish Council Adopts Resolution Supporting Diversity, Tolerance

Tristan Scott, Flathead Beacon, December 2, 2014

The Whitefish City Council on Monday unanimously passed a resolution supporting diversity and tolerance in the community, taking a stance on an issue that has roiled local residents in recent weeks but stopping short of enacting anti-discrimination legislation aimed at so-called “hate organizations.”

The council passed the good faith resolution after city staff determined an anti-hate or nondiscrimination ordinance protecting the community from such groups would not survive the scrutiny of the constitutional right to free speech under the First Amendment.

With the council chambers packed for the second consecutive meeting on the issue in two weeks, residents again turned out in high numbers, urging the council to adopt the resolution and praising council members for their swift and thoughtful action.

Seated adjacent to the podium was Richard Spencer, the prominent white nationalist whose decade-long presence in Whitefish prompted the impassioned dialogue between community members and city officials.

Spencer was the first to speak at the podium on Monday night, and applauded the council for its consideration of the resolution, which he called “a pleasant surprise” in contrast to the “no-hate” ordinance that some residents had urged the council to adopt, effectively barring Spencer and his think-tank, the National Policy Institute, from doing business in Whitefish.

Although the full scope of a no-hate ordinance was never clear, proponents said they had not intended to infringe on Spencer’s First Amendment rights, but rather exhorted the council to take a strong stance against movements that promote racial, religious or gender bigotry.

Spencer said an anti-hate ordinance aimed at groups like his would amount to the council legislating the right to “police our minds.”

“I give my enthusiastic support of this resolution. I urge you all to vote for it. The motion is vague, but I agree with its spirit. We should celebrate this,” he said. “But real diversity includes thinking differently. Real diversity is not people of all different shapes and colors acting the same way. That is the diversity of a Coke commercial.”

“I think cooler heads have prevailed,” he concluded.

According to the adopted resolution: “The Whitefish City Council declares its support of Whitefish community values that recognize and celebrate the dignity, diversity, and inclusion of all of its inhabitants and visitors, and condemn ideologies, philosophies and movements that deny equality of human rights and opportunities and challenge our Constitutional freedoms granted by the United States and the State of Montana, and protect and safeguard the right and opportunity of all persons to exercise their civil rights, including the rights of free speech, freedom of assembly, and freedom from discrimination.”

It continues: “Nothing in this Resolution is intended to alter or abridge other rights, protections, or privileges secured by state or federal law, including state and federal constitutional protections of freedom of speech, assembly, and exercise of religion.”

The resolution comes on the heels of public testimony delivered during the council’s Nov. 17 meeting, when dozens of Whitefish residents spoke out, passionately urging council members to create some type of anti-discrimination legislation.

Many of the speakers identified themselves as members of “Love Lives Here,” a Flathead Valley affiliate of the Montana Human Rights Network, a statewide organization focused on equality and monitoring hate groups. {snip}

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Ina Albert, co-founder of Love Lives Here, emphasized that it was not the group’s intent to hinder free speech, but rather to make its clear that the community “will not stand by without loudly protesting a political ideology” like Spencer’s.

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The tone of the testimony was a slight departure from that featured at the previous meeting in that several speakers, while condoning neither the actions and ideas of Spencer nor the members of Love Lives Here, expressed concern that a nondiscrimination ordinance, or any action by council, would infringe upon the right to free speech.

Joe Coco, a Marine who served in Desert Storm and other conflicts, said he did not advocate for either side.

“But I am an advocate for freedom of speech and the First Amendment,” he said. “When I was overseas I didn’t always believe what I was fighting for, but I did it because I believe in our rights as citizens of the United States. Passing this would be an embarrassment to the community.”

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  • dd121

    Let’s all bow our heads and celebrate white guilt.

    • Reynardine

      Let us pray:

      The Negro is my superior; I shall not complain.

      He maketh me to lie down in filthy streets: he bleedeth me beside the Ghetto Liquor Store.

      He destroyeth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of anti-racism for his name’s sake.

      Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of white racial awareness, I will fear no evil: for thy TV and Media art with me always on my smartphone; thy hammer and thy firebomb they comfort me.

      We pray in Martin Luther King Jr’s name,

      AMEN!

      • Holden

        Surely crime and degeneracy will follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell with declining property values forever.

      • DAWNOFNEWDAY

        Genius!!! Can I share with others, please? LOL

        • Reynardine

          Of course you can! Feel free to spread the black love.

      • TheAntidote

        I’m going to re-post that far and wide. I’m gonna call it ‘The DWL’s Creed’. Perhaps they can take communion with skittles ‘n grape drank.

        • Reynardine

          Be sure to include Holden’s additional verse below!

    • connorhus

      It’s been a lucrative business for so many White Traitors.

      • DAWNOFNEWDAY

        I hate these white traitors far more than the “Finns” (codeword for ramzpaul followers) or “youths” or “la razas.” It’s the white traitors who appease, coddle and screw other whites over to get ahead.

  • The other side can knock off the pretense. Richard Spencer’s presence in Whitefish was the only reason they even considered the original ordinance and also the only reason why they passed this watered down resolution.

    • me

      Imagine the gall and hypocrisy of these Whitefish agitators to try and usurp the God-given rights, as outlined in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, of the people of the USA. It smells of Amish….

  • phorning

    “Ina Albert, co-founder of Love Lives Here, emphasized that it was not the group’s intent to hinder free speech”

    This is a lie. Loves Lives Here only supports free speech if they agree with it. The Marine is correct, it is an embarrassment the resolution was passed.

    • ViktorNN

      What a name – “Love Lives Here.”

      Might as well call your group “People Opposed to Hurting Children and Fluffy Bunny Rabbits.”

      • Whiteplight Sees the Emperor N

        I’m a race realist and I’m opposed to hurting children or rabbits (animals) even if they are not fluffy. Being a white person and being proud of it doesn’t mean that we’re supposed to hate children and enjoy hurting animals (nature). This notion is part of what’s wrong with white nationalists. (Some, anyway).

        • ViktorNN

          I don’t disagree with what you’re saying, but I think you might have missed the point of my comment, which is that these do-gooder libtard groups always pick the most ridiculous names for their groups.

          Who is opposed to “Love” after all? Their name is supposed to make us appear as evil incarnate, which of course is ridiculous. The fact that they demonize us actually says a great deal about them. A lot of libtards have more hate in their hearts that the phantom Klansmen that live in their imaginations.

      • me

        They should call their little commie group the “Ministry Of Love”, as in 1984.

        • LHathaway

          A lot of people promote censorship and have promoted it. I do myself. Only leftists label their censorship free speech and tolerance and then pat themselves on the back.

  • MekongDelta69

    “Seated adjacent to the podium was Richard Spencer, the prominent white nationalist…”

    OMG – How did the Whitefish City Council not get a horrible case of the vapors? How were they able to even think straight with such an evil presence in their midst? I’m shocked. Shocked, I tell you…

    /sarc [Did you really need one of these?]

    • DAWNOFNEWDAY

      Yeah, a clean cut, educated, well-spoken white guy (like Richard Spencer) that simply wants to be left alone is far more evil than New Black Panthers or Islamic radicals,you know.

  • Jaggers

    How many witch-hunts must Mr. Spencer endure? But with such enemies, he must be doing something RIGHT.

  • I love the way Spencer took the resolution for diversity and tolerance, a sop to the left, and turned it into a resolution for diversity of thought and tolerance for free thought about race. He actually made it seem like the Council was voting for HIM.

    Well done, Mr. Spencer. Well done.

    • Usually Much Calmer

      Yeah, I noticed that the wording of the resolution included ‘opportunity’ twice and ‘outcome’ never.

      The tide is turning because of the work of people like Spencer and our unsung heroes. Yay! Thanks all.

      • Who Me?

        Yes, Tiny flashes of light flickering in the dark. Droplets starting to move ever so slightly in our direction, Every time the pendulum slows, stops, then swings the opposite way, it has to start gradually. I think we may be beginning to see, ever so vaguely, the beginning of a change.
        Each and every grand jury, or courtroom trial in favor of one who is being persecuted for crimes against diversity, every city ordinance like this, every lawsuit filed in defense of WHITES who have been discriminated against, every time a hate crime against a normal White person is correctly labelled as a “hate crime” is a small victory in our favor and a sign of a slight change. We must not give up now. The time when most reasonable White people will again think our way is coming. It will be slow, but certain.

    • Anna Tree

      I hope you are right.

      I think we won a battle but agreed to lose the war in Whitefish.

      Yes, the voted resolution seems to me a repeat of the American Constitution. But maybe just at first glance.

      The resolution endorse Mr. Spencer’s movement. It confirms Mr. Spencer’s movement is not hateful or bigot. Good.

      But that’s the problem, what if tomorrow they change their mind and decide he is a bigot. The wording is subjective. “to take a strong stance against movements that promote racial, religious or gender bigotry.”
      I often say: Why is it okay for you to like something, but I am a bigot to dislike it?

      They let Mr. Spencer in and he can advance our cause but what with other people like Mr. Jared Taylor, would they endorse him too?

      Would it be okay to speak about the IQ bell curve in Whitefish? About the color of crime? Or even only about being against miscegenation?
      Would it be okay to be against homosexuality? To advocate for the right of a child to have a mom and a dad?
      Would it be okay to be against islam? Or at least the sharia? To claim that it is not compatible with democracy? To say it allows child bride marriages?

      We won a battle but I fear we agreed that we could lose the war.

  • DaveMed

    Good day for Richard Spencer.

  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    Spencer’s polite, reasoned challenge to egalitarian orthodoxy is far more effective than would be than an angry exchange of epithets, which would play right into the hands his leftist enemies. Maybe, over time, he’ll acquire enough social capital to run for mayor of Whitefish.

    • Usually Much Calmer

      Or even mayor? Of a town of 6K? If I came home for Christmas as mayor of Whitefish, MT, my dad would ask me when I was going to get serious and do something with my life.

      I don’t agree with him on many things but I have bigger ambitions for the man. Getting ‘banned from Europe for 3 years’ is a greater accomplishment.

      • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

        Mayor of a small town is largely a ceremonial position. It doesn’t take much time, leaving vast amounts of time for other pursuits. But the position does/can have visibility, especially when occupied by compelling personalities, which has its uses.

      • B.A_2014

        Banned from Europe?

        It says something about the west when they ban someone of Mr. Spencer’s character for three years. Even Michael Savage and Julian Blanc have been banned from entering certain western nations, the UK in both cases. Yet we can’t out fanatical Muslims and African moochers.

      • Who Me?

        The main and best part of this is not the action itself, but the NEWS of it, the fact that the ideas are getting out there. The left is finding it harder and harder to hide this sort of stuff, and the fact that it was showed up for the silliness it is, and held up to nationwide ridicule is what it so galling to the leftists, Remember they are humorless jerks and can’t bear to be laughed at. Therefore we must make sure that we and others laugh at them daily.

  • Bobbala

    Discrimination is merely an individual exercising his own free will with no explanation required to the state, or anyone else.

    Reverse discrimination is the state forcibly overriding that individual liberty in the interest of a politically preferred group.

  • LeonNJ

    Make each liberal in that town take in at least 3 undocumented children who crossed the border this past summer. Give them the ones who are older teens who only speak some indigenous language rather than espanol. Make their homes brighter for the sake of diversity!

  • “But real diversity includes thinking differently. Real diversity is not people of all different shapes and colors acting the same way. That is the diversity of a Coke commercial.”
    What a wonderful quote. It captures my thinking as well. Diversity of thought in the public square is most important. Whitefish has taken important steps in maintaining it. Kudos to the Council.

  • Yves Vannes

    The problem with the community standards in Whitefish is that they are not the community standards of Whitefish. They are the community standards of NYC, Boston, Chicago, LA, San Francisco. Look into the backgrounds of “Love Lives Here” and you will more than likely find many migrants from progressive enclaves. And that is true for probably most of the Rocky Mtn corridor where the politics have turned left.

  • LeonNJ

    I’m actually housing 15 in my basement as we speak. With the extra cash, I just bought a Porsche.

    • me

      You fiend!

    • Tim

      You`re gonna have more trouble with the car than you ever do the kids…signed The Voice of Experience

  • Fr. John+

    It was not Mr Spencer that was the reason for this charade of touchy feely blah-blah. It was a Jewish ‘rabbi’ who ‘moved there’ (why, as a fifth columnist!?) who is, as the racial supremacist avatar for this area, is as hubris-laden as any one of his tribe can be; and it was he, who finds the thought of whites actually engaging in self-determination to be the ‘great evil’ of the modern age- though, of course not in Israel. Duplicitous b*stards, all of them. [ Heb. 12:8]

  • Biff_Maliboo

    Hello?

    Police?

    Somebody in town doesn’t think the way I do! Send help!

  • superlloyd

    ‘The diversity of a coke commercial.’ That’s about the depth of the average liberal, useful idiot.

  • LHathaway

    “proponents said they had not intended to infringe on Spencer’s First Amendment rights, but rather exhorted the council to take a strong stance against movements that promote racial, religious or gender bigotry”.

    A lot of people promote censorship and have promoted it. I do myself. Only leftists label their censorship free speech and tolerance and then pat themselves on the back.

    • DAWNOFNEWDAY

      Where’s the “bigotry” from Spencer? Has he called for violence? Does he scream and cuss at the top of his lungs?

  • DAWNOFNEWDAY

    What do you mean ‘the government pays’? They are taking money from US to pay for our own displacement. Government produces nothing at all; they take from you and me.

    • Reynardine

      Good point. They stole $6000 per illegal immigrant teen. If I had no morals, I’d take the money and shove them into holding cells and feed them only gruel. I’d donate the money to pro-white causes.

  • seapeaMP

    “DIVERSITY”, chasing down every last Whitefishian.

  • WR_the_realist

    Richard Spencer: But real diversity includes thinking differently. Real diversity is not
    people of all different shapes and colors acting the same way. That is
    the diversity of a Coke commercial.

    That’s a quote to remember.