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After racist Powerpoint slide, Clark County library reviewing room rental policy

Sean Golonka
Sean Golonka
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Officials with the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District said they plan to review their room rental policy after a private event Sunday held at the Clark County Library featured a racist slide in a presentation from the founder of the group Vegas CCW.

During the event — where the guest list included prominent Republican elected officials and candidates for office — Nephi Khaliki Oliva, a firearms instructor listed as the founder of the concealed carry weapons training group Vegas CCW, presented a slide titled “Firearm Safety for Black People.” One so-called “rule” for Black people who carry firearms was “always lick the chicken grease off your fingers before shooting.” Those comments were met with laughter from the audience, videos of the incident posted online show. 

The slide sparked outrage on social media after being publicized by the left-aligned Twitter account @patriottakes, and Khaliki, who is Afghan-American, sought to defend himself on Twitter on Wednesday by describing the presentation as humor, characterizing himself as a minority and pointing to a previous slide “Firearm Safety for White People.” Vegas CCW had rented a room at the library on East Flamingo Road for its annual mass event aimed at promoting concealed carry.

The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District responded on Tuesday, tweeting that it “condemns racism and hate speech of any kind.”

“This gathering (including the presenters and content) was a private rental event at one of our libraries,” the district wrote. “It does not, in any way, represent the opinions or views of the Library District.”

The featured special guests included numerous Republicans: gubernatorial candidate and North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee; gubernatorial candidate Joey Gilbert; candidate for treasurer and Las Vegas City Councilwoman Michele Fiore; candidate for Clark County sheriff Assemblyman Tom Roberts (R-Las Vegas); candidate for U.S. Senate Sharelle Mendenhall; and candidate for Congressional District 3 Noah Malgeri.

Amid the public backlash against the racist slide, several of the promoted guests responded, including Gilbert, who tweeted that he did not attend the event.

“The slide that was used at the CCW class that I was invited to attend, but did not attend and had no involvement with whatsoever, is abhorrent and I condemn the blatant racism,” he wrote.

Fiore, similarly, was not in attendance, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. Roberts, who did attend and spoke at the end of the class, responded on Twitter, saying he did not see the slide, but that he “wouldn’t use nor condone” it.

Malgeri said on Twitter that he has never attended one of Khaliki’s classes, but defended the presenter’s use of humor.

“I understand that his presentation included content directed at several different groups represented in the audience but that he mostly directed his humor at himself,” Malgeri said. “The constant ‘moral outrage’ attacks on free speech and comedy in particular have become tedious, and are resoundingly rejected by most regular people, including me.”

In a statement to Newsweek, Mendenhall said she only “gave a quick speech” in support of concealed carry before leaving.

Lee did not respond immediately to a request for comment submitted to his campaign.

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