CROSBY KEMPER III TEAPOT TEMPEST: KANSAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY WORKER DEFENDING ISRAEL HATER AMID OUTBURST ISN'T DEFENSE OF FREE SPEECH!!!
First thing first . . . After awhile, Crosby Kemper III parading around the Kansas City Public Library like the belle of the ball and/or holding court in a magnificent building subsidized by his family fortune and local taxpayers is kind boring.
As we noted previously, both the Kansas City Public Library AND the Mid-Continent Library are outdated institutions that function mostly to provide hobos a place to make BM and their subsidy in the age of the Internets now seems like a waste of resources that would be better spent connecting po'folk to more current online content.
Nowadays, the Kansas City Library gets most of its recognition for providing a place for the old school crowd to discuss issues where their votes don't really count in the long run.
A recent slap fight and a biased bit of op/ed on the topic recently sent the Internets ablaze WITHOUT MUCH MENTION THAT IT WAS ALL IN DEFENSE OF A CRACKPOT ISRAEL/U.S. HATER and his "peace activism" from the comfort of this cowtown.
In fairness, here's a brief description of the hot mess for background from the library . . .
The Kansas City Public Library continues to work through the aftermath of an incident near the end of its May 9, 2016, event featuring longtime Middle East envoy Dennis Ross, which resulted in the arrest of two people including a Library manager by off-duty police.
The episode at the Library’s Plaza Branch arose from a question to Ross, posed by a local activist during the evening’s question-and-answer session. The reaction by members of an outside security detail, who immediately accosted the questioner, was improper and an infringement on free speech, Library Director Crosby Kemper maintains. And he says the ensuing arrests were unwarranted.
“The Library strives to be a place where people of all points of view can feel safe, welcome, and free to express themselves in an appropriate way,” Kemper says. “And so this incident deeply troubles us.”
The off-duty officers were part of a small, private security squad arranged by the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City, one of the Library’s partners in the event. That was to supplement standard Library security. The activist, Jeremy Rothe-Kushel, was first to the microphone when Ross’ presentation turned to Q&A, and his question inferred that the U.S. and Israel have engaged in state-sponsored terrorism. Ross responded and, when Rothe-Kushel attempted to follow up, he was grabbed by one of the private security guards and then by others in the private security detail. Steven Woolfolk, the Library’s director of programming and marketing, attempted to intervene, noting that public discourse is accepted and encouraged at a public event held in a public library.
Rothe-Kushel was subsequently arrested for trespassing and resisting arrest. Woolfolk was charged with interfering with his arrest. Their cases are pending.
Kemper termed the response of private security and police “an egregious violation of First Amendment rights.
Back up . . .
THE SECURITY HIRED BY THE CO-SPONSOR HELPED TO PROTECT THE EVENT BUT THE POLICE ARE SOMEHOW TO BLAME BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T FOLLOW CROSBY KEMPER III ORDERS TO THE LETTER???
Thinking . . .
GETTING INTO A SHOVING MATCH WITH SECURITY AND OFF-DUTY POLICE AT A PUBLIC LIBRARY TEA PARTY ISN'T FREE SPEECH . . . IT'S PRIVILEGE AND STINKS LIKE A PUBLICITY STUNT GIVEN THAT MOST PEOPLE WHO INTERFERE WITH COPS ARE LUCKY TO BE BREATHING AFTERWARDS!!!
The rules, protocols and talking points of the whole affair seem exceptionally genteel and silly in as much as any Kansas City conversation about terrorism, Israel or all the tea in China is mostly an exercise in farting above the waist for all the good that the pointless conversation will do.
Moreover . . .
If the Kansas City Public Library wants to defend Israel/U.S. hateration then let them hold a separate event and see how that goes over . . . Sticking up for some guy who got bum rushed because he wasn't smart enough to gauge the room wasn't an act of bravery but merely an embodiment of the same kind of entitlement that wouldn't work for any other resident of Kansas City.
And so . . . Some rude guy got thrown out of a boring chat session and somehow Crosby Kemper III is a hero of the 1st Amendment whilst most of Kansas City didn't know or care about the kerfuffle.
Meanwhile, it all makes great Internets conversation for keyboard warriors, fake tough guys and so many online trolls who would much rather express their own myopic worldviews online than risk being thrown around like pawns whist the richest guy in the room pretends that a library slap fight is relevant to the local discourse that has moved online and doesn't take Crosby III orders.
Long story short (too late) Library vs. Police and Security is a fight that Crosby III shouldn't start given the dependence of the institution for protection from so many dangerous hobos who don't care about international politics but are far more likely to stab patrons in the eye for no reason whatsoever.
You decide . . .