2010 AR Conference Held Against All Odds


Despite unprecedented threats and intimidation, the 2010
American Renaissance conference took place in the
Northern Virginia as originally planned. Four hotels
successively broke their contracts to hold the event—the
last one just two days before the conference was to
begin—so we sent out notices to registrants telling them
there was to be no conference.


However, our supporters refused to let us cancel! So
many people told us they were coming anyway that we put
together what turned out to be a very successful
program. Now we are getting complaints from people who
say they would have flown across the country if only
they had known! There is a tremendous appetite for our
people to meet, and hear straight talk about the crises
our nation faces, and we were immensely heartened by the
spirit of solidarity and commitment that galvanized this
conference.


Three of the originally-scheduled speakers were on hand:
Sam Dickson,



Louis March
,
and I. The others had changed their plans, but we had
first-rate stand-ins: Attorney Joe Sibley, Canadian
activist



Paul Fromm,

and BNP candidate for Parliament Matthew Tait.


I opened the conference with an account of the
unprecedented lengths
"anti-racists"
went to shut down our meeting. A partial account is
available



here,

but this does not include the pressure put on the
Capitol Skyline hotel, the fourth and last hotel to
cancel. We had heard that the Capitol Skyline stands
firm in the face of people who try to push them around,
and we explained in every detail the bullying and the
death threats that had led the other hotels to cancel.
They said they were happy to get the business. We drew
up a contract on Tuesday, February 16—just three days
before the conference was to begin—and put out the word
that the conference was back on.


Our opponents, mobilized after the pressure they had put
on other hotels, struck quickly. They flooded the
Capitol Skyline with hostile calls. Someone came onto
the property and shoved lurid pamphlets under guest-room
doors. A hotel official told us people were pressuring
their suppliers to say they would take away their
business if the hotel offered us a forum. He added that
he had heard that a high-school class was going to come
out to protest and leaflet the hotel. Zealots harassed
the hotel`s owners, and threatened to march on the hotel
during the conference. We have heard that there were
death threats.


The Capitol Skyline held out for about 24 hours before
it capitulated. It was 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday the 17th,
and we again had no venue for a conference that was 47
hours away. So much for freedom of speech and assembly
in the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. Our
supporters refused to stay home despite our cancellation
notice, so here we were despite it all.


I then went on to speak on my original conference
subject, "What Is
at Stake for Our People."
I



recalled



Sam Francis`s

words from the first AR conference in 1994 that got him
fired from the Washington Times:
"The civilization
that we as whites created in Europe and America



could not have developed
apart from

the genetic endowments of the creating people
. . . ."
[
Why
Race Matters
,
American Renaissance, September 1994] I also
recalled that I had said the same thing more
prosaically:




"We have the right to be us, and only we can be us."


I noted that every one of us in that room had a deep
love for that great flowing river which is the genetic
and cultural heritage of Europe, and that we all
believed that river should and would flow on forever. I
pointed out that my generation, which grew up in the
1950s, had inherited a good country but that just in my
lifetime, we had put in motion forces that are
destroying it. I said that perhaps never in human
history had a single generation done so much damage to a
country that had not even suffered occupation by
invaders or natural disasters such as famine or
pestilence. Indeed, my generation has presided over the
dismantling of a once-great country in a time of great
scientific and economic advance.

I concluded, however, that our movement has made much
progress in the 20 years I have been publishing
American Renaissance.
I spoke of my admiration for
the large number of people who now openly support a
thoughtful form of racial consciousness, and expressed
my faith in the young men and women who will take up the
struggle when my generation—the one with so much to
answer for—has been put out to pasture.


The next speaker was former



Army Ranger


 and Harvard Law
School graduate, Joe Sibley. He spoke of how he came to
understand the racial forces at work in our country, and
of the commitment he feels to our people and culture. He
outlined provocative strategies for advancing our cause
and spreading the message to yet more potential
supporters.


The final speaker of the morning was Matthew Tait, who
is a parliamentary candidate for the British National
Party, running for the Windsor seat. He spoke of the
recent very encouraging electoral successes of the
party: Richard Barnbrook`s seat on the London Assembly
and party leader



Nick Griffin`s

and Andrew Brons`s great victories in the election for
the Euro-parliament.


Mr. Tait discussed in some detail the legal harassment

the party

has faced over its constitution, which has until now
limited membership to
"indigenous
Caucasians."
There are



many organizations

in Britain exclusively for blacks or Asians, but whites
are not allowed to associate only with themselves. The
constitution has now been amended, but it is not yet
certain whether the new language will withstand court
scrutiny.


Mr. Tait also described the prospects and challenges
that face the unprecedentedly large slate of BNP
candidates—no fewer than 98—running for Parliament.
Chairman Nick Griffin, who is campaigning in the
promising constituency of Barking, has the best chances,
but it will be an uphill battle. In any case, the
elections will be another first-rate opportunity to tell
more patriotic Britons that there is a party that still
speaks for them.


After a delicious buffet lunch, the conference resumed
with a talk by business consultant and former Capitol
Hill aide, Louis March. He recounted the great
accomplishments of our people and emphasized the tragedy
that will befall us if we do not work to save our
heritage. He decried the heedless liberalism that is
reducing whites to a minority, and issued a resounding
call for continued commitment and action.


Long-term Canadian activist Paul Fromm then spoke about



the challenges to free speech in his country.

He recounted the absurd legalisms used to persecute a
host of dissidents, some of whom have been thrown in
prison for expressing their views. Mr. Fromm described
the astonishing travails and humiliations of several
entirely ordinary Canadians who were caught up in legal
processes that seem deliberately unfair. He painted a
picture of a system of kangaroo commissions that would
be unthinkable in the United States. He noted that some
of the most egregious laws have been overturned—even if
on very narrow grounds—but that obstacles to free speech
remain formidable.


As he always does, Sam Dickson, the Atlanta lawyer,
closed the conference. His theme this year was
"knowing who you
are."
He described the ludicrous, spiteful image our
opponents have of us and laughed at their alleged
ability to read our minds. People at the



Southern Poverty Law Center,

for example, claim to know that we are
"haters" and to understand our motives better than we do ourselves.
He gave one hilarious example after another of the
"links" by
which our presumed wickednesses are proven. He affirmed
the nobility and goodness of our cause, and urged us to
love the comrades with whom we march in this great
struggle.


Mr. Dickson also elaborated a theory of how
schizophrenia on race contributes to the rise of white
sociopaths to elite positions. He argued that unlike
non-whites, who need not strike foolish poses about
race—who are free to make healthy demands in the names
of their people—prominent whites are so accustomed to
lying about the most basic aspects of society that only
the most practiced liars ever rise to positions of
power. Mr. Dickson`s invariable combination of wit and
inspiration was a fitting end to an embattled
conference.


Something that the events surrounding this weekend have
made clear is that our media elites are utterly
untroubled when racial dissidents face the extraordinary
levels of harassment that caused so many cancellations.
On February 15, we issued a press release [see below]
outlining the outrageous behavior of our opponents, and
urged several hundred radio talk show hosts to invite me
on their programs to discuss what our experience says
about the rights to free speech an assembly. We were met
with almost total silence. This may change, but for now
we have uncovered a total lack of principle. Editors and
reporters who would have shrieked with outrage had a
liberal or non-white group been treated as we were
treated, have shown their true colors: They believe in
freedom of speech only for those with whom they agree.

This experience has left us with twice the resolve we
had before, and AR will study its options for future
conferences. Conferences are central to the mission of
American Renaissance, and we will hold them against all
odds. The 2010 conference has also brought home to us
the passionate commitment of our supporters, who
refused
to let us cancel this conference and who
insisted that we host them for a wonderful weekend of
honesty, inspiration, and camaraderie. We look forward
to seeing you all next time.


Jared
Taylor (
email
him) is editor of


American Renaissance
and the author of Paved
With Good Intentions: The Failure of Race Relations in
Contemporary America
.

(For
Peter Brimelow`s review, click


here
.)