Dave Boucher, The Tennessean, August 20, 2015
The Nashville hotel where white supremacists planned to host an annual event this weekend has canceled reservations for the event, according to Guesthouse Inn director of sales Michelle Jameson.
Jameson said the hotel on Music Valley Drive decided three days ago to cancel reservations for a Council of Conservative Citizens event. She said the hotel decided to cancel reservations after “it was brought to our attention to what this group might possibly be.”
The CCC is a white supremacist organization cited as the possible inspiration for Dylann Roof, the man charged with murdering nine black churchgoers in Charleston, S.C.
Brad Griffin, a board member for the CCC, confirmed the organization told its members not to come to Nashville this weekend. He said they had anticipated about 100 people would attend the event, and might plan to reschedule the event elsewhere in the future.
“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,” Griffin said in a phone interview Thursday.
“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.”
Griffin said the CCC does “cover black-on-white crime” on its website, but argued the information and language it posts shouldn’t link the organization to Roof.
“All he did was read our website. I’m sure he watches television, he reads newspapers like I do,” Griffin said.
“He’s responsible for his own actions. No one I know had ever heard of this guy.”