Twitter user @nikki_d brought this article from the Southern Poverty Law Center to our attention, about the Capitol Skyline Hotel and the multiple events by racist or anti-Semitic groups hosted there in recent months. This weekend, the American Renaissance (a white nationalist publication) conference was to be held there, but according to AR’s site, Capitol Skyline just cancelled their event. (Feel free to not click that link and give them pageviews, but I wanted to cite my sources.)
Meanwhile, the American Free Press, a publication that can most generously be described as “conspiracy enthusiasts,” but more correctly described as anti-Semitic, actually did hold two recent events at Capitol Skyline, including one last weekend.
Our concerned reader describes this as a “pattern,” but I’m not sure that’s fair. Let me be clear: I find these groups completely repugnant and would be just as happy if they couldn’t find anyone willing to rent them a meeting room and a microphone. But I have to at least raise the question: With the economy in the state it’s in, and with groups who can’t get anyone else to host them basically throwing money at any venue who will put up with their bullshit, is it fair to fault a business for selling their services where they can? I mean, racists’ money spends just as easily as anyone else’s, and contributes to the continued employment of hotel employees, no doubt a non-trivial percentage of whom have a skin color other than white. I wouldn’t personally do business with any of these groups, but no one is depending on me for the paycheck that feeds their children, either.
I guess I just have mixed feelings about Capitol Skyline’s role in the whole thing, but if you feel strongly, I encourage you to tell the Capitol Skyline management how you feel. Accepting business from known hate groups is a business decision, and weighing the money gained by hosting racist conferences against the money lost from outraged potential customers is a business calculation they have to make.