Jared Taylor’s ‘Reflections on the 2010 AR Conference’
The author of this article is Jared Taylor, of American Renaissance.
“Reflections on the 2010 AR Conference”
As many readers have learned from other sources, the 2010 American Renaissance conference planned for February 19-21 was essentially shut down. Opponents of free speech bullied and threatened four successive hotels into canceling contracts to host our conference, with the last pulling out just two days before guests were to arrive. In the end, some 70 people attended an abbreviated program that was thrown together in cramped quarters at the last minute. To have salvaged anything from the weekend was an accomplishment, but the gathering was a far cry from the smooth-running conference that more than 250 people had planned to attend.
It is shameful that people who hate honest talk about race were able to intimidate hotels and force them to walk away from profitable business and deny us a venue. But what is, if anything, even more shocking is the almost complete lack of media interest in this contemptible behavior. Nothing could more clearly highlight the utter lack of principle of our rulers and elites. If a non-white group—or any other group—had been treated as we were, it would have been a major free speech issue, but the rights of those who dissent from racial orthodoxy appear to be of no concern to our rulers.
A pattern of pressure
AR has held conferences every two years since 1994. They have prompted protests and crank calls, but no hotel has ever canceled its contract. Pressure began to increase, however, at the time of the 2006 conference (see following article). A Dulles airport hotel that had leaflets about hosting “racists” under guest-room doors.
In 2008 we contracted with a different airport hotel, which came under even
greater pressure. It was swamped with protest calls and the general manger even got death threats at home. Still, the hotel stuck to its contract. At the time of the conference itself, there was a large local police presence, but the dozen or so demonstrators stayed off the property and there was no hint of violence.
The real trouble began in the run up to the 2010 conference. As we always have, we identified the conference hotel and asked registrants to make their own reservations. The hotel got no protest calls, but a spokesman said he had researched what had happened in 2008 and wanted to cancel so as to avoid demonstrations and a police presence.
We found another hotel and slightly changed our procedure. We gave out the identity of the hotel only after people had registered. This was a mild level of security to keep trouble-makers from learning where we were to meet. They soon found out, however, and swamped the hotel with protest calls. Again, someone leafleted the hotel. This second hotel canceled, citing fears for employee safety.
It was now January 19, just one month before the conference was to begin. About a week later we found a third hotel and decided on a different strategy. We kept the identity of the hotel secret and as registrations came in we made the room reservations. We told conferees the general location of the hotel but said we would give its name and location only 48 hours before the conference began on February 19. We assumed opponents would register but when they learned of the location they would have only two days to organize
We knew anti-free-speech activists would call area hotels, so we asked the hotel to maintain our privacy. It appears to have done so, but someone found out the location anyway by calling up all the central reservations offices of all the major hotel chains. On February 9, the pressure began. Like the others, the hotel was flooded with calls. Front office staff threatened to resign after receiving telephoned death threats, including one to the effect that, “If you hold this conference I will go in there and shoot you.” The hotel finally pulled out on February 15—just four days before the conference was to begin. We regretfully told registrants that we were calling off the 2010 conference.
However, we then learned of a hotel in Washington, DC, that had a reputation for hosting controversial events and standing up to pressure. We told management everything the other hotels had been through: death threats, leafleting, phone calls, threats of demonstrations. The hotel raised its room rate for our group as compensation for the trouble it might face, but management assured us it could handle anything. On February 16, we put out the word that the conference was back on, and urged registrants to make their own reservations at the new hotel.
Despite its promise to hold fast, the hotel crumpled in 24 hours. We do not know all the details of the pressures it faced but we did learn that someone leafleted the hotel. An employee said suppliers were calling to say that they might no longer do business with the hotel if it hosted our conference. He said a high school class was being organized to demonstrate and leaflet. “Antiracist” web sites wrote of their determination to
“shut down” the conference, and urged supporters to converge on the hotel if it did not cancel our contract. On the evening of February 17, therefore, less than 48 hours before the conference was to begin, we sent out a final notice of cancellation.
Not a quiet weekend
We anticipated a quiet weekend but that was not to be. People wanted to meet anyway, even if there was no conference. Dozens of people called and e-mailed to say they were coming anyway, so we designated yet another hotel as the central lodging/meeting place. We did not publicize the location nor spread the word about it to other conference registrants who had not contacted us.
On Feb. 19, the day the conference would have begun, so many people had gathered at the hotel that it became clear it would be worth putting on a program. That evening, AR staff located a private dining room in a restaurant within walking distance, and threw together an impromptu program.
We still had three of the original conference speakers—the rest had made other plans because of the cancellation—and three excellent replacements came forward. On Saturday, I started off the talks with a summary of the thuggish pressures that had been put on the hotels, and gave an abbreviated version of the speech I had planned for the conference. I recalled the great Sam Francis’s words from the first AR conference in 1994: “The civilization that we as whites created in Europe and America could not have developed apart from the genetic endowments of the creating people. . . .” I also recalled that at the time 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 the genetic and cultural heritage of Europe, and that we all hoped that heritage would endure forever. I said 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 devastation. Instead, my generation has dismantled 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 since I have been publishing American Renaissance. I spoke of my admiration for the large number of thoughtful people who now openly support race realism, 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 gone.
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 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 elections for European Parliament.
Mr. Tait discussed in some detail the 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 their own groups. The constitution has now been amended, but it is not yet clear whether the new language will withstand court scrutiny.
Mr. Tait also described the prospects and challenges the unprecedentedly large slate of BNP candidates—98 at last count—face in 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 lunch, the conference resumed with a talk by business consultant and former Capitol Hill aide, Louis March. In a talk he dedicated to Sam Francis, Mr. March listed some of the institutions fighting against the interests of our race—business, education, churches, the media—and described the twisted motivations that make whites their own worst enemies.
Mr. March also explained recent scientific findings that leave no doubt as to the reality and importance of race, and recounted the great accomplishments of the European people. He emphasized the tragedy that will befall us if we do not work to save our heritage, and issued a resounding call for continued commitment and action.
Long-term Canadian activist Paul Fromm then spoke of the challenges to free speech in his country. He recounted the absurd legalisms used to persecute dissidents, some of whom have gone to jail for expressing their views. Mr. Fromm described the astonishing travails and humiliations of several ordinary Canadians who were caught up in legal processes that can only be described as deliberately unfair. He described 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 explained his 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 and 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 gathering.
The AR supporters who met over weekend were in high spirits, pleased to have salvaged an excellent program
from a wrecked conference. There was much good cheer and conviviality that continued into Sunday. However, there is no denying that we were dealt a serious blow. Instead of what could have been 270 people enjoying a first-rate conference in a comfortable ballroom, only 70 were able to take part in a cramped and sometimes noisy room. Nor were we able to invite the media and get the kind of coverage that helps spread our message.
Many of our supporters blame the hotels for canceling their contracts; some deserve more blame than others.
If the first hotel, which faced no pressure at all, had held firm—as had every other hotel AR ever contracted
with—the primitives would not have been encouraged to ratchet up their intimidation efforts on successive hotels. Once the second hotel folded, things just got worse for hotels three and four. When hotel staff are getting death threats and threatening to resign, it is not so hard to understand why management might capitulate—though in 2008, the hotel stuck to its contract despite death threats.
Where were the police? Hotel managers said they reported death threats to the authorities, but no action seems to have been taken. We have alerted the FBI—which claims to be studying the matter—but have had
no indication whether it will open an investigation.
As one of the scheduled speakers who did not make the rump conference, David Yeagley, has pointed out, there is much irony in the FBI’s inactivity. Not long after he was sworn in, Attorney General Eric Holder complained that Americans are “essentially a nation of cowards” because they do not talk honestly about race. The hallmark, of course, of an AR conference is honest talk about race and that is precisely why the “anti-racists” don’t like them. If Eric Holder really wanted honesty, he would order the FBI to ensure that our conferences had safe venues, but he doesn’t want honesty. He wants whites to apologize and beat their breasts.
Even more shocking than the hotel cancellations and police inactivity, however, is the complete indifference to what happened to us. We issued a press release that went to hundreds of media outlets. We issued notices to hundreds of radio and television programs asking for an opportunity to explain what happened. The Associated Press and National Public Radio at first showed interest but dropped the story. The final tally? Aside from friendly media such as “The Political Cesspool” radio program, only one radio station, in New Orleans, invited me to be a guest.
We are aware of only one liberal who expressed outrage at what his fellow liberals had done. David Kelsey, who describes himself as having “left fundamentalist Judaism,” wrote a column on his blog, “The Kvetcher,” called “Solidarity With Those We Disagree With.” “If we do not allow for free speech for those whom we disagree with and perhaps even scare us just a bit,” he asked, “how much do we truly value free speech?” He went on to call what happened to the conference “horrible.” Is Mr. Kelsey the only honest liberal left in America?
Needless to say, if a non-white group had been denied a venue, there would have been a national uproar. The FBI would be on the case immediately, and other hotels would have lined up to offer their services. Congress might have launched an investigation.
What happened to us passes in silence. Our rulers and elites seem to be so hopelessly stuck on the idea of snaggletoothed Klansmen terrorizing innocent, law-abiding blacks that anything that doesn’t fit that pattern simply cannot exist. They want free speech for anyone other than their friends and pets no more than Eric Holder wants honest talk about race. They are utterly unprincipled, and seem to have no idea what their indifference says about American society.
Foreigners understand this. The London correspondent of the Wall Street Journal—not the reporters in New York or Washington—interviewed me about the cancellations and quoted me on the sad state of freedom of speech and assembly in “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” Television broadcaster Russia Today invited me to its Washington studio for a very fair news segment on media indifference to the rights
of white dissidents. In answer to a Russia Today anchor’s question as to why the pressure is greater against us than in the past, I said our opponents may be increasingly terrified of the AR message because at some level they know it is irrefutable: diversity is a weakness, self-segregation is natural, and whites face a growing crisis.
This cancelation and the lack of principled opposition to it has other implications. AR has always operated on the assumption that American institutions are basically fair, that the views of whites will eventually be reflected in policy, and that change can come through combinations of traditional activism, outreach, and politics. It will continue to do so.
There has always been, however, a segment of the racial right that disagrees. Many race-realist whites believe that American institutions are hopelessly rotten, and that whites will never get justice by conventional means. What happened to AR will encourage this radical rejection of America and its institutions. Those who remember their history will know that even at the height of the McCarthy era, Communists could rent meeting halls and gather freely. Americans understood the need to protect unpopular speech. No longer.
Entirely aside from what happens to AR, the United States is moving in an unstable and possibly dangerous direction. From the call-ins I receive when I am on radio programs and the comments sections of even the most liberal mainstream newspapers, it is clear that many whites now understand what is at stake. And yet, aside from a few publications, web pages, and radio programs, no one speaks for them. In the official world of
American institutions, everyone speaks against them.
In European countries not dominated by two parties, increasingly influential “far right” parties reflect the aspirations of whites. In America, there are essentially no political options for whites. Even whites who wish only to meet to discuss their legitimate interests find their meetings shut down by opponents—to the complete indifference of elites who prate about democracy, tolerance, and human rights.
Whites will not stand aside while their country is given away to people who hate them. Since the cancellation, we are twice as determined. Our voices will be heard. But when our rulers are
indifferent to the suppression of legitimate debate on the most pressing issues we face, it encourages rage and radicalism, the consequences of which no one can predict.
by Jared Taylor