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Re: “Capleton's Red Fox Tavern Show Canceled ... but the fyah's still comin' (UPDATED, NEW VENUE)

3) October 11th is known nationally at National Coming Out Day within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. 4) Humboldt County government includes LGBT people in its non-discrimination policy. When I facilitated large group conversations several years ago, I found people mostly just wanted to be heard. Business owners didn't want to lose business, fire employees or hurt the LGBT community. Promoters wanted to bring in entertainers who are part of a big-picture music scene. LGBT folks and their allies didn't want to harm local business or promoters. In Capleton we have an artist who hasn't always complied with his promise to stop singing lyrics that encourage violence. And he’s scheduled to perform on National Coming Out Day at an undisclosed location here in Humboldt County, a community that has taken a stand against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender. That’s more of an "ouch" than a denial of freedom of expression. Unfortunately, the "ouches" being stirred up this time around are painful for different people in different ways. Losing revenue or disenfranchising a portion of the community is something to take seriously as a small business owner. On the other hand, hate crimes against LGBT people (and those perceived to be LGBT) are more likely to result in death than any other kind of reported hate crime. Humboldt County isn't immune to these national trends. Ideally, no one would incite violence or hate on either side of this dilemma. Moreover, our community members -- all of them -- should be able to enjoy yet another great musical performance while feeling safe. Even more important is for folks to actually listen to each other without using violent terminology or labels that don't take into consideration of the complexities of the issues. If you don't like Capleton's music, don't go to the show. If you don't like the venue owner's business decisions or the promoter's judgment, let them know. Such actions can be taken without inciting violence, fear or hate. The exciting thing about the First Amendment, which is getting thrown around a lot in this conversation, is that it protects the right to freedom of expression, so long as that expression doesn’t infringe on the rights of others. It is at the point of infringement that people have real cause to feel anxiety or fear. In this conversation, both sides are operating out of fear. Perhaps stop and truly listen.

Posted by Jessica Pettitt on 10/03/2012 at 3:46 PM

Re: “Capleton's Red Fox Tavern Show Canceled ... but the fyah's still comin' (UPDATED, NEW VENUE)

It seems like just yesterday that I facilitated a heated conversation with local Humboldtians in Eureka over the idea of “murder music” at local venues. And now we are back... So, if I can, let me address a few salient points that seem to have gotten lost. 1) One of the amazing things about living in Humboldt County is its incredible music scene. Capleton has a lot of fans here, and any music venue that hosts him stands to make a lot of revenue. This revenue will lead to even more shows. 2) Several musicians have been added to an international list because their songs include lyrics that specifically incite and have led to actual hate crimes. Some of these artists, including Capleton, signed The Reggae Compassionate Act agreement, a pledge to no longer sing these harmful lyrics. Despite his signature, Capleton has at times continued to sing anti-gay lyrics, which has incited burning and murder of people perceived to be gay.

Posted by Jessica Pettitt on 10/03/2012 at 3:45 PM

Re: “Capleton's Red Fox Tavern Show Canceled ... but the fyah's still comin' (UPDATED, NEW VENUE)

Remember - we started a listserv the last time this problem was raised in our community. To subscribe email Subscribe:

Posted by Jessica Pettitt on 10/01/2012 at 11:16 AM

Re: “Irie vs. Irate

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Posted by Jessica Pettitt on 03/04/2010 at 6:18 AM

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