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Race and Conservatism at the Robert A Taft Club
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August 28, 2006, 05:11 PM
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The Robert A Taft Club is a monthly meeting group of traditionalist conservatives and libertarians in the Washington, DC area.Senator Robert A. Taft

Where: The Leadership Institute—Arlington, VA (click here for directions, parking, and metro info)

When: Wednesday, August 30. 7:00-9:00 PM

What: Race and Conservatism

There are few topics more sensitive than race, and conservatives have often shied away from discussing it directly. After Trent Lott`s praise of Strom Thurmond`s presidential run, a number of commentators implied that the GOP and conservatives have consistently winked and nodded at racists with code words and Willie Hortons. Race is clearly below the surface on a number of issues important to conservatives such as crime, busing, affirmative action, and immigration. How should these topics be dealt with? Should race and racial differences (if they exist) be a consideration in forming policies and arguments on these subjects? Should the GOP (and conservatives in general) appeal to hispanics, African Americans, and other minority groups? If so, how? To help answer these difficult questions are:

Jared Taylor: Mr. Taylor is president of the New Century Foundation and the editor of American Renaissance, a monthly newsletter described as "a literate, undeceived journal of race, immigration and the decline of civility." He is the author of the books Paved With Good Intentions: The Failure of Race Relations in Contemporary America and Shadows of the Rising Sun: A Critical View of the Japanese Miracle and the editor of The Real American Dilemma: Race, Immigration, and the Future of America.

John Derbyshire: Mr. Derbyshire is a contributing editor to National Review,. He is the author of a variety of books on numerous topics such as Prime Obsession, Seeing Calvin Coolidge in a Dream, and Unknown Quantity.

Kevin Martin: Mr. Martin is an environmental contractor and a member of Project 21, a "an initiative of The National Center for Public Policy Research to promote the views of African-Americans whose entrepreneurial spirit, dedication to family and commitment to individual responsibility has not traditionally been echoed by the nation`s civil rights establishment."