American Renaissance`s Conferences: Talking About The Taboo

[Peter Brimelow
writes:

VDARE.COM has just been named a Hate Group by the


Southern Poverty Law Center
,
the notorious Treason
Group. One reason cited: our publishing


articles
by Jared
Taylor, Editor of the

American Renaissance
newsletter. For our take on Taylor, click

here. We
certainly wish we had published

AR`s recent


article
on immigration into Scandinavia. We will
answer the SPLC smear when we have time, yawn. But
meanwhile, to celebrate our new status, we publish
another Taylor article below.
]

[Recently
by Jared Taylor:


The New York Times Says Japan Needs Immigrants.
The Japanese Politely Disagree
.]

At the start of every baseball or
football game, thousands of people get to their feet and

sing happily
about how they live in the land of the
free and the

home of the brave
.

But just try holding a serious
public discussion about

race
or

immigration
and you will find the land is not quite
so free as it sounded in the grandstand. 

Every other year since 1993,

American Renaissance
—of which I am editor—has
held a conference to discuss such shocking things as
race differences in IQ, the impact of mass immigration,
and whether a culture can survive apart from the
people who created it. We invite top speakers—Professor
Philippe Rushton
,

Samuel Francis
,

Professor Richard Lynn,
Rabbi

Meyer Schiller
, Professor

Michael Levin,
Joe

Sobran
,

Father Ronald Tacelli
—as well as the public and
press.  (The

next
conference will be held February 20-22, in
Herndon, Virginia.)

We learned very quickly that a
significant minority of Americans do not believe in free
speech.

Pornographers
,

Communists
,

pederasts
, and UFO-chasers can meet in peace, but
not people who violate

racial taboos
. All five of our conferences have met
with threats of violence. Busybodies always put pressure
on hotels to break their contracts with us and deny us
meeting space.

The most fun of this sort we ever
had was in

Louisville, Kentucky, in 1996.
At the prodding of
local "anti-racists" the Louisville
Courier-Journal
ran a long article on "white
supremacists"
and

blasted us in editorials
not just once but twice. An

anti-free-speech
delegation visited the conference
hotel and told the general manager to break his contract
with us. When he declined, demonstrators held "prayer
vigils"
outside the hotel, asking God to interfere
with our plans.

Perhaps in the belief that God is
more likely to answer prayers that are televised, they
arranged for their vigils to be reported on the nightly
news.

God must have had more important
things to worry about.

Two Louisville high schools had
planned

proms
at the same hotel on the same weekend. They,
too, were caught up in anti-free-speech hysteria, and
joined the chorus to have us ejected. The hotel once
again refused to break its contract with us, but let the
high schools out of theirs without penalty. The proms
were to be ten floors away, in an entirely different
part of the hotel, and the students would not even have
known we were there. One prom was to finish twelve hours
before our conference even began, but some

ideas
, it seems, are so loathsome they can
contaminate an entire building hours before the people
who hold them even arrive.

The conference itself was greeted
with demonstrations, a "teach-in" and more
hand-wringing press coverage—and went off splendidly.
Several of the speeches were broadcast by C-SPAN, and
the proceedings were edited into a book that
still sells nicely.

The enthusiasm to

denounce
racial dissent brings out the worst in
people.

Dinesh D`Souza,
the celebrated immigrant Indian

Beltway Conservative,
attended an AR
conference when he was gathering material for his book,


The End of Racism
. He was treated with courtesy,
but when I managed to get a pre-publication copy, I
discovered that he had invented passages from speeches
(which, unfortunately for him, had all been
recorded), and had deliberately falsified
"quotations"
from American Renaissance.

The distortions were so shameless
that when I and other conference speakers explained them
to Mr. D`Souza`s publisher, it took the extraordinary
step of destroying the entire first print run while Mr.
D`Souza hurriedly made corrections.

Mr. D`Souza no doubt feared his
book might cause him to be accused of "racism."
In a familiar if formulaic move, he was trying to
triangulate—"These guys are the racists; I`m just a
bold thinker."[VDARE.COM
note:
The

Southern Poverty Law Center
has D`Souza on the


same list of suspect organizations
as


VDARE.COM
and

American Renaissance...!]

When we hold conferences in the
Washington, DC, area, a group called

Anti-Racist Action
does its best to

shut us down.
Once it threatened the hotel with so
much disruption the police kept two squad cars in the
parking lot and a detective prowling the halls. In the
end, all we got were 20 scruffy protesters waving signs
that said things like "Go home, Nazi scum."
Several had dyed their hair neon colors, and others wore
safety pins through their earlobes, so passers-by were
likely to conclude whatever this lot was protesting must
be very worthy indeed.

Protest, however, is strictly
fair-weather fun. Our last conference, in the dead of
winter, drew no free entertainment at all.

Of course, an AR conference
is plenty of entertainment for lively minds, even
without green-haired demonstrators. We have had many
Jewish speakers and conference guests, but any meeting
that explores race and nationalism will also attract a
different element. One year David Duke was in the
audience. Our gatherings can therefore be a

unique mix
of which one guest once observed with a
dazed smile, "I`ve never been to a conference before
where 15 percent of the audience was Jews and 15 percent
were Nazis."

We long, of course, for the day
when it will be old hat to note the connection between

GNP and average national IQ
, and when it will not be
controversial to point out that "diversity" is a
weakness and

not a strength
—and when VDARE.COM is considered
firmly mainstream.

And we may
be moving in that direction. We haven`t been the target
of a prayer vigil for years, and hotels now ask for
repeat business.

But the land
of the free hardly yet lives up to its name. For plenty
of Americans, muzzling those with whom they disagree is
hardly enough. I just got a note from someone who says
he hopes I will die a slow and painful death. Free
speech still needs all the friends it can get.


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
.)

To register for the next

AR

conference, click


here
.