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Author and journalist Jack Cashill on C-Span, speaking at the Kansas City Public Library.

New York state public library cancels appearance by local author Jack Cashill

A public library in Fredonia, N.Y., has cancelled an appearance by Jack Cashill, a Kansas City author, journalist and political commentator.

The Darwin R. Barker Library told Cashill last week that it no longer was interested in his signing and discussion about “Untenable: The True Story of White Ethnic Flight from America’s Cities,” according to “The Post-Journal” of Jamestown, N.Y. The event was to have been held in early September.

“Long accused of racism and ‘white flight,’ the ethnic Americans driven from their homes and neighborhoods — the author included — finally get the chance to tell their side of the story,” is how Amazon describes the book

“We believe that the diversity of perspectives is crucial in creating a rich and informative dialogue at our library events,” library director Graham Tedesco-Blair told Cashill in an email. “Recent developments have led us to reevaluate the suitability of your views and opinions for our diverse audience.”

            Cashill responded on the “American Thinker” website: “By ‘recent developments’ — I’m guessing here — he means an ideological Karen or two called in to complain that the library was hosting someone with whom they were likely to disagree.”

A number of people have complained to the library board.

“I am absolutely appalled at your decision to cancel Jack’s book presentation,” one woman wrote “Your job as library director is to provide open, unbiased access to information and viewpoints from many different sources, regardless of who might or might not be offended.”

Cashill has written a dozen nonfiction books and appeared on C-SPAN’s Book TV 10 times. He also produced a score of feature-length documentaries. He writes regularly for “American Thinker,” “American Spectator” and “WorldNetDaily” and also has written for the “Wall Street Journal,” “Fortune,” the “Washington Post” and the “Weekly Standard.” He earned a Ph.D. from Purdue University in American studies and taught at a French university under the auspices of the Fulbright program.

–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice

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