Mayor John Suthers wasted no time speaking out about hate.
Today, a day after the Cheyenne Mountain Resort announced it wouldn't host
a white identity group's conference next April, Mayor John Suthers expressed thanks to see the matter resolved.
In an interview with the Independent
today, Suthers said, "I felt very good about how the situation resolved. I think the city took the role it can properly assume. I was clear [that] the city can’t tell private entities who they can contract with. Anybody has the right to express the opinions they have in the city of Colorado Springs. But I would appreciate if organizations in Colorado Springs do a little bit of due diligence before they contract with groups, if it’s the type of folks that could generate controversy and [could] be bad for their business and the community’s business."
He added that he felt "fairly confident" that the resort didn't know the nature of VDARE when it accepted the booking.
The whole episode started and ended within three days in a city that has often drawn attention due to its ultra-conservative bent and intolerance of LGBTQ issues.
The short cycle could stem from Suthers' swift reaction to the news that VDARE was coming to Colorado Springs. The Indy
posted a blog regarding the conference at 5:36 p.m. on August 14. Before midnight, Suthers posted this statement on his website:
The City of Colorado Springs does not have the authority to restrict freedom of speech, nor to direct private businesses like the Cheyenne Mountain Resort as to which events they may host. That said, I would encourage local businesses to be attentive to the types of events they accept and the groups that they invite to our great city.
The City of Colorado Springs will not provide any support or resources to this event, and does not condone hate speech in any fashion. The City remains steadfast in its commitment to the enforcement of Colorado law, which protects all individuals regardless of race, religion, color, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation to be secure and protected from fear, intimidation, harassment and physical harm.
By Wednesday morning, Cheyenne Mountain Resort announced it wouldn't host VDARE's meeting. Game over.