American Renaissance (magazine)

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American Renaissance
Editor Jared Taylor
Frequency Monthly
Publisher New Century Foundation
First issue November 1990; 27 years ago (1990-11)
Country United States
Language English

American Renaissance (AR or AmRen) is a monthly online magazine described as a white supremacist publication by several sources, including The Washington Post, Fortune, and the Anti-Defamation League.[1][2][3][4] It is published by the New Century Foundation, which describes itself as a "race-realist, white advocacy organization".[5][6] It has also been described as "alt-right" by The Guardian.[7]


The magazine and foundation were founded by Jared Taylor, and the first issue was published in November 1990.[8]

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. Former Grand Wizards of the Ku Klux Klan Don Black and David Duke have attended AR conferences and have been seen talking with Taylor.[9][10] 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.[11]

The website is often described as a white supremacist publication; CNN, The Washington Post, Fortune, Slate, and the New York Daily News, among others, have reported on the magazine as such.[1][2][12][13][14]

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.[citation needed]


American Renaissance hosts periodic conferences on subjects of interest to its readers. The conferences were held biennially from 1994–2008, and annually from 2012–2016. There have been thirteen American Renaissance conferences since 1994.

Reception and controversy[edit]

Southern Poverty Law Center[edit]

American Renaissance and the New Century Foundation appear on a list of 115 "white nationalist hate groups" published in the Intelligence Report of the Southern Poverty Law Center.[15]

Mark Potok, editor-in-chief of the Intelligence Report, has said 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." Taylor stated in a radio interview that "I've never been a member of the Klan. I've never known a person who is a member of the Klan," although an article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette pointed out that Taylor had at least met former Klansman David Duke at an American Renaissance conference, and sat with Don Black, a former Grand Wizard of the Klan, at Taylor's kitchen table.[9]

An article in the Intelliegence Report by Potok and Heidi Beirich, head of the SPLC's Intelligence Project 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. Today, it may be the closest thing the extreme right has to a real think tank. Whether or not it survives, and in what form, genuinely matters."[16]

Anti-Defamation League[edit]

The American non-governmental organization Anti-Defamation League describes American Renaissance as a "white supremacist journal".[17] 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.[17]

Cancellation of 2010 and 2011 conferences[edit]

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.[18]

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.[19] In late October 2010 American Renaissance announced that they would hold a conference in February 2011 in an undisclosed location in Charlotte, NC. 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.[20]

Alleged DHS memo regarding 2011 Tucson shooting[edit]

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 called an "anti-ZOG (Zionist Occupational Government) and anti-semitic" group.[21][22] In an interview with Fox News, Jared Taylor denied the organization ever used the term "ZOG" and said Loughner had no connection to them.[21]

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.[23]

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.[24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Peter Holley (2016-01-12). "Hear a white nationalist's robocall urging Iowa voters to back Trump". Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  2. ^ a b Claire Groden (2016-01-12). "White Supremacist Group Makes Pro-Trump Robocalls". Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  3. ^ "Jared Taylor/American Renaissance". Extremism in America. Anti-Defemation League. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Racist Writers Are Right to Feel Threatened". The Atlantic Wire. The Atlantic. April 11, 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "American Renaissance". 2011. Archived from the original on October 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ "The Rise Of The "Alt-Right" Movement And Its Place In This Year's Presidential Campaign". The Diane Rehm Show. August 30, 2016. 
  7. ^ "'The races are not equal': meet the alt-right leader in Clinton's campaign ad". The Guardian. August 26, 2016. 
  8. ^ Leonard Zeskind (May 12, 2009). Blood and Politics: The History of the White Nationalist Movement from the Margins to the Mainstream. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. p. 370. ISBN 978-1-4299-5933-9. Retrieved November 28, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b 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. 
  10. ^ "American Renaissance". Anti-Defamation League. 
  11. ^ Dennis Roddy (January 30, 2005). "Weird Science". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  12. ^ "White nationalist group urges Iowans to vote Trump". CNN. 2016-01-11. Retrieved 2016-02-08. In the 50-second robocall, Johnson, along with Christian talk show host Ronald Tan and white supremacist magazine "American Renaissance" founder Jared Taylor, urges listeners to support Trump in the Iowa caucuses 
  13. ^ Gelin, Martin (2014-11-13). "White Flight". Slate. Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  14. ^ Edelman, Adam (2016-01-11). "White nationalist group calling on Iowa to vote for Trump: 'We need smart, well-educated white people'". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2016-02-08. 
  15. ^ "Active Hate Groups In The United States In 2014". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 6 February 2016. 
  16. ^ Potok, Mark; Beirich, Heidi (Summer 2006). "Schism Over Anti-Semitism Divides Key White Nationalist Group, American Renaissance". Intelligence Report. Retrieved July 20, 2010. 
  17. ^ a b
  18. ^ 02/16/10 – The Saga of American Renaissance’s 2010 Conference: "Anarcho-Tyranny" In Action
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  20. ^ White nationalist leader to discuss hotel cancellation –
  21. ^ a b Summers, Patrick (January 9, 2011). "American Renaissance Denies DHS Charges, Any Affiliation With Shooter". Fox Retrieved January 9, 2011. 
  22. ^ 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. 
  23. ^ "Official: DHS has not determined any possible ties between Arizona shooter and right wing group". The Washington Post. 
  24. ^ Jared Loughner’s supremacists tie debunked

Further reading[edit]

  • "A Convocation of Bigots: The 1998 American Renaissance Conference". The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education (21): 120–124. Autumn 1998. JSTOR 2999023. .

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