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Who is Cumberland Yard (and Why Are They Blocking NASCAR Fans on Social)?

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The Nashville Fairgrounds’ most recent proposal stirred up quite a controversy over the weekend after Cumberland Yard repeatedly posted and deleted the same video on social media. Plenty of opponents to the proposal posted that they had been blocked on social media by Cumberland Yard, but, what really happened?

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Who Is Cumberland Yard?

Cumberland Yard is the name for the most recent Nashville Fairgrounds proposal. Nate Rau and Adam Temburin of Axios mentioned that a group called the “Fairground Preservation Partners” made the proposal. According to its website, Cumberland Yard describes itself as “a project of Fairgrounds Preservation Partners”

Cumberland Yard itself does not mention specific individuals involved with the plan on the website. The Axios article does name the individuals, however, who are co-founders Mike Kopp, singer Ruby Amanfu, artist Carrie Tillis, and attorney Kenny Byrd alongside advisors, former Metro director of law, Saul Solomon former school board member Will Pinkston, and executive director of the Americana Music Association Jed Hilly. The “Fairground Preservation Partners” does not have their own website, nor does it have anything on social media. Cumberland Yard is all there is online about it.

What Happened on Social Media Over the Weekend?

DannyB Talks recently made a YouTube video that describes everything that went on on social media over the weekend. Cumberland Yard blocked plenty of members of NASCAR Twitter who were opponents of the plan.

DannyB described Cumberland Yard’s weekend as, “The great blocking spree of Thanksgiving”. Cumberland Yard posted and deleted multiple versions of a video on Twitter that further explained their plan for the Nashville Fairgrounds. According to DannyB, anyone who wanted to see the track remain was blocked, and their Twitter Bio still reads at the end as follows, “Abuse, profanity, and threats of violence by NASCAR fans will be reported.”

DannyB claims that he did not see these things from NASCAR fans. Obviously, if there are threats of violence against Cumberland Yard, that should not be tolerated on social media. Everyone has a right to their opinion, but, Cumberland Yard singling out NASCAR fans specifically is definitely very odd. They no longer allow comments on their posts on any of their Twitter.

Here are some of the things that were said on Twitter that led to people being blocked, and, they were quite angry comments in some instances. We’ll start with Brock Beard, who said Cumberland Yard had been “Ratio’d”.

Darian Gilliam, who works at the race track, also said, “Ratio” in response. He was later blocked after this response.

John Palmieri, who is a designer with NASCAR, had this to say before getting blocked. He called the original post on Thanksgiving, “Intentional and inflammatory”, and he also described Cumberland Yard as “Petty”.

Before being blocked, DannyBTalks told Cumberland Yard to “Respectfully, delete your idea”. The Nashville local is obviously not a fan of the proposal.

One thing is for certain, Cumberland Yard received a lot of hate for this proposal, and plenty of supporters of the race track were not exactly kind to them. However, is blocking every single one of them and singling out NASCAR fans in a Twitter bio the most professional thing to do? Especially considering how important public opinion is to getting a proposal like this done.

It’s understandable why Cumberland Yard would not like many of these comments. They outright panned the idea they gave out, but, blocking everyone who opposes it does not make them look good.

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