CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – Hours after our story aired Tuesday tying accused Sikh temple gunman Wade Michael Page to the Mid Cities Civic Association, the group changed their policy about renting space to skinheads.
“We don’t approve of it and we won’t rent to them again,” said Nick Curry, Association President.
Page is known as a member of the Confederate Hammerskins, a white supremacy group, and was known to play in a white power rock band that performed at the civic association clubhouse on multiple occasions over the past few years.
Curry wanted to set the record straight Wednesday. He claims he did rent the non-profit facility to the Hammerskins, but claims he didn’t know how extreme their message was and has never endorsed their values..
“Absolutely nobody here supports that mentality, not the members, the leaders, the officers or the organization itself,” said Curry.
When asked if he regretted the several rentals to the white supremacy group, Curry admits he felt it was morally wrong and a mistake. However he claims the non-profit struggles to make ends meet and often gives away all of their rental profits to worthy causes. The facility costs five hundred dollars to rent out for the night.
“When you’re so tightly funded and you’ve got to get some money in here to keep it open, you don’t have much option you got to do what you got to do sometimes,” said Curry.
Looking back Curry says they money wasn’t worth being tied to such a tragedy.
“To ensure the safety of everyone we will not rent to them again, ” he said.