Breaking news: At the last minute,
the American Renaissance 2010 conference has found its fourth
location—this time far from the Dulles Airport exurbs:
the Skyline Hotel in diverse Southwest DC. [You
still register here]
Before I get to my analysis, first
let me give a Readers` Digest version of the facts.
Taylor and his race realist
Renaissance have held eight biannual conferences
since 1994, the last six taking place in the Dulles
Corridor exurbs in Northern Virginia.
There has not been a single incident of any
violence by the attendees at the conference. I don`t
believe there`s even been a hotel staff worker claiming
they were called by a bad name.
But the event regularly attracts
several to a
couple dozen loony left wing protestors who will
hold signs like “Nazis [VDARE.COM deleted expletive] off and Die” and will make complaints to the hotels hosting the
Slightly more sophisticated
opponents manage to sneak into the conference and try to
harm those who attend.
The most famous example: at the first
D`Souza`s smear got
Sam Francis fired from his job at the
In 2006, a prosecutor from Buffalo,
fired after he told a reporter covering the
conference “You can see European Christian Americans are an endangered species”
`Preservation` Of Whites in Suit and Tie, By
Washington Post, February 26, 2006]
Anti-Defamation League complained to his employer.
That year, protestors also began
targeting the Dulles Hyatt, which had held the
conference since 2000, harassing patrons who were not
even attending the conference and stuffing leaflets
under the guest room doors.
Because of this harassment, the
Hyatt declined to lend its facilities to American
Renaissance any more. So the 2008 conference was held at
the Dulles Crowne Plaza.
Protestors took it up a notch, going as far as
threatening the lives of the family of the General
Manager of the hotel.
Additionally, one left-wing site copied the names
and hometowns off the name tags of the attendees in an
obvious attempt to cause professional harm and/or
vandalism and physical attacks to the attendees.
As a result, the Crowne Plaza
declined to host American Renaissance for this year,
2010. The conference was accordingly booked at the
Dulles Marriot. This was made public.
Marriot dropped the conference, telling
that no one had called them, but they had become aware
of all the trouble that occurred at
The Dulles Westin was fully aware
of the controversial nature of
Renaissance and said it had no problem, even calling
As a precaution,
American Renaissance did not report on the location on its website
But the Left began calling up all
the hotels in the Dulles Corridor, asking them if the
New Century Foundation had booked a conference, and
eventually found out.
The Westin claimed it was getting 50-60 nasty
phone calls a day and, in light of the experience at the
Crowne Plaza, feared for the safety of its employees.
(Note that it was not concerned about violence by
Renaissance attendees—but by the protestors.)
Next, American Renaissance booked
the conference into the Manassas Four Points Sheraton.
Neither American Renaissance nor the Sheraton told anyone
that the conference would take place there. American Renaissance told its registrants that they would be
informed of the location a few days before the
Leftists contacted the Manassas
Four Points Sheraton—along with every single hotel
anywhere close to Dulles—and asked if the New Century
Foundation had booked the event. The Sheraton said no.
However, someone also contacted the national
booking organization for every major hotel chain
including Sheraton, and found out that way.
The Manassas Sheraton got death threats, including one stating
“If you hold this
conference I will go in there and shoot you”. It
cancelled on Monday, February 15, just four days
before the conference was scheduled to begin.
American Renaissance initially
announced that its conference would have to be
cancelled. But it ended up giving it one more shot, and
managed to book the Skyline Hotel in Southwest DC.
Who is behind these attacks on free
are mostly a rag-tag group of self-described radical
activists who organize on e-mail lists and websites
One Peoples Project,
Info-Shop, and Anti Racist Action.
They have Orwellian mottos like
“Intolerance of Intolerance is the Only Intolerance
But an interesting addition to the
equation in 2010 is Jeffrey Imm, a virtual caricature of
A former Homeland Security and FBI official, he
gained some popularity among conservatives for his
attacks on various radical Islam groups within the
Imm`s opposition to these groups is based on left
wing principles, such as their opposition to human
rights and gender equality.
To be sure that he is not perceived as an
Islamophobe, his website
("Responsible for Equality and Liberty") Courage
purports to fight for Human Rights not only against
Supremacism” but also
Imm`s priorities are underscored as
eight of the twelve top stories on his
website revolve around stopping American Renaissance
with little gifs asserting
Again” accompanying them.
Tucked at the bottom are stories like
“Thailand: Buddhist Teacher shot dead, torched by
`Muslim insurgents` in Pattani” with the gif
“Challenge Supremacism Against Equality”.
Imm justified his opposition to the
conference with the usual
guilt by association canards from the SPLC and ADL,
Renaissance`s leader Jared Taylor
has openly stated that the upcoming conference will
mock diversity `It is the idea of 300 of us all in the
same room, laughing openly at the idea that
diversity is a strength, that is more than the
hypocrites who run the country can stand.` We urge
other area hotel leaders who might be reading this—don`t
let your hotel be used to host hate and to mock our very
principles of human equality. Tell `white
New Century Foundation /
American Renaissance that there is no room for hate
in the Washington DC metropolitan area and suburbs.
“We support our
unqualified, universal human rights for all. We
urge white supremacist and `white nationalist`
supporters to drop the burden of the hate of supremacism
from their hearts, and to rejoin the family of humanity
in support of
our universal human rights
[links in original]. ][
Stands Up for Human Rights and Diversity – White
Nationalist Conference Canceled There,
January 26, 2010]
Although the Dulles Marriott claimed to have cancelled before it received a single protest call,
Imm took credit on his website:
“The Dulles Marriott canceled American Renaissance`s planned conference,
after we told them what the American Renaissance
His website also details how they called up
various hotels both asking the management about the
event, and checking for room rates.
After the Westin canceled, he heralded “Virginia:
Westin Stands Up for Human Rights and Diversity.”
As Imm continued to agitate to shut
down the conference, Jared Taylor challenged him to a
debate on January 29:
“You claim to be
motivated by love and to be `uncompromising in the
defense of universal human rights.` Yet, you have done
your best to
impossible for my publication, American
Renaissance, to hold its biennial conference. A
public conference is the clearest possible exercise of
two fundamental rights guaranteed under the
Constitution: the right to freedom of speech and the
right to assemble. How do you justify your attempt to
deny us these rights?
“You claim to be
prepared to meet those with whom you disagree, and that
you have arranged many public events, including several
at the National Press Club. Let us therefore meet.
“I challenge you
to organize a public event at the press club at which
you could defend your actions. So long as the meeting
takes place before the American Renaissance conference
is scheduled to begin—a date with which you are
familiar—it can be at a time of your choosing.”[
Letter to Jeffrey Imm, Who Is Trying to Shut Down the AR
Conference, Jared Taylor, Special to AR News,
January 29, 2010]
Imm responded by inviting Taylor to show up to
explain his position at a protest he had organized that
would take place a day before the Conference was to
course, at such a venue, Taylor would simply be shouted
down by protestors, and if Imm had his way, the
conference would already be cancelled by then.
When Taylor declined, Imm called him a coward.
Imm continued to try to shut down
the conference, and described his efforts with the
“A week ago,
R.E.A.L. had learned the location of the NCF/AR
conference was to be scheduled at
the Four Points by Sheraton Manassas Battlefield Hotel
in Manassas, Virginia. R.E.A.L. had
learned this from the national reservation desks of
Starwood Hotels & Resorts that provides the corporate
umbrella to Sheraton franchises. R.E.A.L.
contacted the Four Points Sheraton management and also
Starwood Hotels on this issue, to inform them about the
New Century Foundation`s links to American Renaissance,
as well as NCF/AR`s promotion of `white nationalist`
`hate`, as repeatedly documented by human rights
organizations. We urged Four Points to allow
R.E.A.L. to offer a counter-message of hope and love to
challenge the message from NCF/AR.
location of the NCF/AR event could have been learned by
anyone else, R.E.A.L. made an effort to not promote or
publicize this information to the general public, while
R.E.A.L. talked to Four Points Sheraton and Starwood
management. This morning, we were told by the Four
Points Sheraton that the NCF/AR event was canceled at
since learned that at least one other organization also
learned of the planned Four Points Sheraton location of
the NCF/AF event, and that they informed the public
about this on February 13.” [American
Renaissance "Hate Group" Event Canceled Again – at
Sheraton Hotel, February 15, 2010]
Whatever actually happened, it is clear that both the Westin
and the Sheraton canceled because of fears of violence.
At the Westin, someone sneaked into the hotel and pushed inflammatory
fliers under guest room doors, and managers said the ultimate issue was the safety of their employees.
At the Sheraton, front-office staff threatened to resign because of fear for their lives.
And while in theory
could find out about the location at the Sheraton, as he
details it was incredibly difficult.
Most likely, Imm was feeding this information to
these violent protestors—whom he never denounced.
On Tuesday night, February 16,
sent out a release on PR Newswire about the attempts
to shut down the conference.
He did not get a single Main Stream
We might get a few civil
libertarians give some clichés about
“First they came for the Communists…” or citing
right of neo-Nazis to march in Skokie, IL.
But Jared Taylor
is not a communist or neo-Nazi.
Even if you don`t agree with him, everyone freely
acknowledges that he is an intelligent and civilized man
who addresses concerns that millions of Americans agree
“What we have in this country today, then, is both anarchy (the failure
of the state to enforce the laws) and, at the same time,
tyranny—the enforcement of laws by the state for
oppressive purposes; the criminalization of the
law-abiding and innocent through exorbitant taxation,
bureaucratic regulation, the invasion of privacy, and
the engineering of social institutions, such as the
family and local schools; the imposition of
thought control through “sensitivity
training” and multiculturalist curricula, “hate
gun-control laws that punish or
otherwise law-abiding citizens but have no impact on
violent criminals who get guns illegally, and a vast
labyrinth of other measures. In a word,
Magazine, April 2005, not online]
The criminals who threatened the
hotel owners can work side by side with
And law enforcement officials won`t
lift a finger.
The state is very concerned,
however, with shutting down peaceful opponents of mass
immigration and multiculturalism
through hate crime laws, the
Fairness Doctrine, and
hostile environment litigation.
discussions of controversial racial issues often take
place in an atmosphere where political correctness
dictates that people either remain silent about their
true convictions or engage in dissimulation or
subterfuge… Herein, I believe, lies a real
danger for the future of American race relations.
Because few legitimate arenas exist for white Americans
to discuss their genuine fears on such racial issues as
black-on white crime, their
impending minority status, and the continued
racial preference programs, white nationalists have
stepped to the forefront and are encouraging a divisive
form of white identity politics that has ominous
implications for the future. White nationalists
are providing white Americans with the only forums where
they can openly express their anxieties and fears on
racial matters among an attentive and sympathetic
audience that will not simply dismiss what they say as
the rantings of racist bigots.
“What is most
needed now, I believe, is for white nationalists to be
heard and debated in mainstream forums where there data
and ideas can be openly evaluated and subjected to
critical assessment.” (The New White Nationalism In America
I couldn`t agree more.
But what is happening now is even worse than
Renaissance`s views are not simply dismissed, but
are being effectively banned.
American Renaissance is not just being shut out
mainstream forums, but also out of its own forum.
If people like Jared Taylor and
groups like American Renaissance get effectively shut
down, the result will not be a
utopia where no-one questions the
state dogma of multiculturalism. The questioning
will continue, but its only expression will be
totalitarian agenda of these Left wing protestors,
along with the scandalous passivity of the law
enforcement authorities, will wake up Americans to take
a stronger stand against this anarcho-tyrrany—before
it`s too late.
Alexander Hart (email
him) is a conservative journalist.