In the article “Mass Resistance and LGBTQIA Pride Clash at Library Board Meeting,” the Rio Rancho Observer is sensational but fails to report the facts.
The headline misleads. There was no clash and there were no groups. One man saying that someone’s T-shirt was “harassing him” simply tells us where the man stands on freedom of speech. Michael Jackovich, appearing alone, stated that he was the founder of the local branch of a national movement called “Mass Resistance.” Jackovich told the library board that it should eliminate (or ban) certain LGBTQIA literature from the Rio Rancho public library. After he spoke, he picked up his computer and left the meeting.
At that point, about a dozen members of the Rio Rancho community stood up and spoke in turn in defense of the Rio Rancho public libraryies’ processes for avoiding pornography and protecting children from adult content. On book banning, the community speakers repeatedly referenced the United States Constitution, the First Amendment, and American freedoms such as freedom of speech.
These speakers did not, insofar as I heard then and remember now, identify themselves as members of an LGBTQIA Pride group. Rather, they were individual citizens who live in the Rio Rancho area and do not want books banned.
I did not count the citizens present, and neither did the Rio Rancho Observer. I thought there were approximately 60 of them. But a reliable source who did count them stated that to oppose Jackovich’s book banning request, 65 members of the public came to a library board meeting on a Thursday evening to defend American values. That is newsworthy.
June E. Anglin