American Renaissance (magazine)
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American Renaissance (AR or AmRen) is a website replacing the magazine founded by Jared Taylor and published by the New Century Foundation. The website publishes original content but mainly presents news stories from various sources concerning race and political affairs.
American Renaissance has been described as a white supremacist publication by the Anti-Defamation League and by Espeth Reeve of The Atlantic Wire. It was designated a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
American Renaissance states that it is a monthly magazine first published in 1991. A section called What We Believe on the organization's website states that "Race is an important aspect of individual and group identity. Of all the fault lines that divide society – language, religion, class, ideology – it is the most prominent and divisive."
The magazine's arguments are usually explained using social science and genetics, but one article mentioned Biblical arguments against interracial and inter-cultural marriages. The magazine and foundation promote the view that differences in educational outcomes and per capita incomes between racial populations can be attributed at least in part to differences in intelligence between races. Mark Potok and Heidi Beirich, writers in the Intelligence Report (a publication of the Southern Poverty Law Center), has written that "Jared Taylor is the cultivated, cosmopolitan face of white supremacy. He is the guy who is providing the intellectual heft, in effect, to modern-day Klansmen." They have also stated that "American Renaissance has become increasingly important over the years, bringing a measure of intellectualism and seriousness to the typically thug-dominated world of white supremacy". American Renaissance, the New Century Foundation, or Taylor have had links with organizations such as the Council of Conservative Citizens, the Pioneer Fund, and the British National Party. Don Black and David Duke have attended AR conferences and have been seen talking with Taylor. The organization has held bi-annual conferences that are open to the public and that attract 200–300 people. Critics say some who attend are neo-Nazis, white nationalists, white separatists, Holocaust deniers, and eugenicists (as well as numerous protesters).
Contributors to the magazine and conferences have included: Richard B. Spencer, Joseph Sobran, Michael H. Hart, Paul Gottfried, Glayde Whitney, Frank Borzellieri, Robert Weissberg, Dan Roodt, Guillaume Faye, Drew Fraser, Derek Turner, Fred Reed, James Edwards, Alex Kurtagic, Merlin Miller, John Derbyshire, Michael Levin, Nick Griffin, Bruno Gollnisch, J. Philippe Rushton, Glenn Spencer, Lawrence Auster, Richard Lynn, and Samuel T. Francis.
Cancellation of 2010, 2011 conferences
In February 2010, following protests to hotel management of several hotels, which Jared Taylor claimed included some death threats, American Renaissance's biennial conference was canceled. Taylor complained that the incident was largely ignored by the media, in sharp contrast, he claimed, with how news outlets would have responded had a civil rights group's conference been shut down.
Immediately after the cancellation of the conference, in a radio interview with the Derek Black Show on WPBR 1340AM in South Florida, Taylor described the forced cancellation as an obstruction of the right to free speech, saying it set a dangerous precedent and paved the way for scenarios in which animal rights activists might shut down a meat packers’ conference or radical environmentalists could shut down a foresters’ meeting through the use of death threats. Taylor also appeared on Russian television, one of the few news outlets that would interview him. In late October 2010 American Renaissance announced that they will hold a conference in February 2011 in an undisclosed location in Charlotte, NC, the first time in over a decade the conference was not held in the Washington, DC area, and the first time it is to be held in an "off" year for the biennial conference. Although Taylor wanted to keep the location a secret until closer to the start of the conference, activists discovered it was at the Airport Sheraton, who promptly kicked the conference out of the hotel. Other hotels in the area began to follow suit, shutting their doors to the conference, and Taylor was eventually forced to cancel the event, holding instead a session in another hotel where the planned speakers and a few spectators gathered to videotape the speeches they were to give.
Lawrence Auster, a traditionalist conservative and self-described racialist, claimed that Taylor's appearance on Stormfront radio was part of a long-standing pattern of Taylor's in "consorting with anti-Semites" and described Taylor's Stormfront appearance as "morally obtuse". John Derbyshire, however, called the conference shutdown an "ominous" and "shameful thing", and asked for open debate and respect for the freedom of speech and association.
The Anti-Defamation League describes American Renaissance as a "white supremacist journal". The ADL also writes that "Taylor eschews anti-Semitism. Seeing Jews as white, greatly influential and the "conscience of society", Taylor rather seeks to partner with Jews who share his views on race and racial diversity" and "Jews have been speakers and/or participants at all eight American Renaissance conferences" although controversy followed accusations by David Duke, who was not a scheduled presenter, at the 2006 conference. Taylor in response wrote that "There will be no more disgraceful behavior of this kind if people who attend AR conferences bear in mind that Jews have a valuable role in the work of American Renaissance, and are welcome participants and speakers. Anyone who thinks otherwise has the choice of staying home or keeping his views to himself."
Alleged DHS memo regarding 2011 Tucson shooting
A document initially claimed to be a leaked Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memo alleged Jared Lee Loughner, the accused gunman in the 2011 Tucson shooting that wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and killed six bystanders, may have had ties to American Renaissance, which it referred to as an "anti-ZOG (Zionist Occupational Government) and anti-semitic" group. In an interview with Fox News, Jared Taylor denied the organization ever used the term "ZOG" and said Loughner had no connection to them.
Despite the Fox News report, DHS officials the following day reported that "the department has not established any such possibility, undercutting what appears to be the primary basis for this claim". Furthermore, no such memo had been issued.
Major David Denlinger, commander of the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center acknowledged that the document came from his agency, but contained errors. He said that he has no reason to believe that Loughner had any direct connection with or was being directed by American Renaissance.
Contributors and speakers
- "Jared Taylor/American Renaissance". Extremism in America. Anti-Defemation League. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
- "Racist Writers Are Right to Feel Threatened". The Atlantic Wire. The Atlantic. April 11, 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
- "Active White Nationalist Groups". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
- "American Renaissance archives". American Renaissance. Archived from the original on 13 June 2011. Retrieved June 24, 2011.
- Amren.com[dead link]
- Roddy, Dennis (January 23, 2005). "Jared Taylor, a racist in the guise of 'expert'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Archived from the original on 2011-06-29.
- Mark Potok and Heidi Beirich (Summer 2006). "Schism Threatens White Nationalist Group". Intelligence Report. Retrieved July 20, 2010.
- American Renaissance
- Roddy, Dennis (January 30, 2005). "Weird Science". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- VDARE.com: 02/16/10 – The Saga of American Renaissance’s 2010 Conference: "Anarcho-Tyranny" In Action
- Unpopular free speech on YouTube
- 2011 AR Conference – Register now!
- White nationalist leader to discuss hotel cancellation – CharlotteObserver.com
- "Does the darkest hour come right before the dawn?" Lawrence Auster. View from the Right. November 19, 2009.
- "'Let the David Dukes and the Don Blacks worry about Mr. Taylor's rights.'" Lawrence Auster. View from the Right. February 18, 2010.
- John Derbyshire. "How Liberty Dies".
- American Renaissance News: Jews and American Renaissance
- Summers, Patrick (January 9, 2011). "American Renaissance Denies DHS Charges, Any Affiliation With Shooter". Fox News.com. Retrieved January 9, 2011.
- Jonsson, Patrik (January 9, 2011). "American Renaissance: Was Jared Lee Loughner tied to anti-immigrant group? A Department of Homeland Security memo suggests a 'possible link' between Jared Lee Loughner, the suspect in the attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and American Renaissance, an 'anti-government' journal". The Christian Science Monitor.
- "Official: DHS has not determined any possible ties between Arizona shooter and right wing group". The Washington Post.
- "It’s Official: No Loughner/AR "Link"". March 7, 2011. Archived from the original on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2012-08-15.
- Jared Loughner’s supremacists tie debunked
- Guess who came to the American Renaissance conference?
- Fourth American Renaissance Conference (2000)
- "A Busy Month for American Renaissance". March 2011. Retrieved 2012-08-15.
- Multiculturalism and Marxism
- 1996 AR Conference a Huge Success
- Among the Living Again: 2006 conference breaks attendance records.
- 2008: Another Successful AR Conference :: American Renaissance News
- Levin, M.: Is There a Superior Race? A philosophical answer to the inevitable question. AmRen.com. February 1999
- Ninth American Renaissance Conference (2011): Defending the West
- Dr. Robert Weissberg – Relationship Between Blacks and Jews
- "A Convocation of Bigots: The 1998 American Renaissance Conference". The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education (21): 120–124. Autumn 1998. JSTOR 2999023..
- Ingram, John (August 2009). "What We Call Ourselves". American Renaissance. – August 2009 cover story which approved of the label "race realism", to the ire of many white nationalist groups
- Official website
- "Weird Science" January 30, 2005 by Dennis Roddy, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Critical account of an AmRen conference.
- Anti-Defamation League file on American Renaissance
- "Jared Taylor, a racist in the guise of 'expert'", Sunday, January 23, 2005, by Dennis Roddy, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Details connections between racist organizations and individuals such as the Council of Conservative Citizens, the British National Party, Don Black, and David Duke.
- Searchlight report on the 2006 American Renaissance conference
- Article summarizing many of the views of American Renaissance from an AmRen conference.