My daughter over the summer helped move a friend in to her new house in Bloomington, Indiana. I was therefore somewhat interested when my bride brought this story to my attention yesterday:
The market was a lot calmer once it reopened compared to two weeks ago, but some of the same concerns were there.
Schooner Creek Farm, the vendor at the center of the farmer’s market controversy, was back.
They’ve been accused of having ties to white supremacy.
“I’m only feet away from them and knowing that makes me completely uncomfortable. I am a minority. If there is someone here affiliated with a hate group, it needs to be reviewed,” said vendor Monica Billman.
We tried speaking to the owner of Schooner Creek Farm, Sarah Dye, but she didn’t want to go on camera.
In a previous interview, she denied any ties to a hate group.
She describes herself as an Identitarian.
Protesters with No Space for Hate showed up to voice their concerns peacefully.
“We have specific designated areas were people can voice their opinions and have those debates and discussions. We have made it very clear to people,” McDevitt said.
No Space for Hate’s founder, Abby Ang, says the market still needs to become a more inclusive space.
“If you are transgender, if you are LGBTQ, if you’re an immigrant, if you’re not from around here or you’re not what people consider to be the face of Bloomington — not white — you should feel welcomed here,” Ang said.
She thinks by the farmer’s market allowing Schooner Creek Farm to still do business, it shows that the city isn’t trying to be more welcoming.
Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton says Schooner Creek hasn’t violated any rules, and therefore they are allowed to sell at the farmers market.
“I can’t kick people out because of what they believe, whatever that belief is. If they behave in ways that are problematic for the market, if they behave in ways against the rules, or if they behave outside the market in ways that violate the rules, we can impose, but we can’t be the thought police,” Mayor Hamilton said.
Go here to read the rest. I am old enough to recall when Leftists used to be against this type of thing when Communists were involved. They condemned it vociferously using terms like “blacklisting” , “red=baiting”, etc. Now it seems that the contemporary Left can’t tolerate that anyone be left in peace to earn their daily bread if they are guilty, or suspected of being guilty, of badthought. That this is completely inimical to any concept of a free society is for them a feature not a bug. The only freedom most Leftists today really endorse is the freedom to agree with them. It all calls to mind the Twilight Zone episode Four O’Clock:
That’s Oliver Crangle, a dealer in petulance and poison. He’s rather arbitrarily chosen four o’clock as his personal Gotterdammerung, and we are about to watch the metamorphosis of a twisted fanatic, poisoned by the gangrene of prejudice, to the status of avenging angel, upright and omniscient, dedicated and fearsome. Whatever your clocks say, it’s four o’clock – and wherever you are, it happens to be the Twilight Zone.