Jared Taylor has used both mainstream and extremist venues, including a cable TV network, universities, radio and conferences, to promote his racist ideas.
On March 13, 2008, a reported crowd of more than 150 students, faculty, and staff members attended a speech delivered by Taylor at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. Press accounts of the event noted that the speech focused on the idea that diversity is a negative for society. According to The Flat Hat, a student newspaper at the school, Taylor was invited to speak by a student acting independently of any organized group. The event received extensive coverage in the local media.
From February 22-24, 2008, Taylor held the eighth biennial American Renaissance conference in Herndon, Virginia. The event, which is named after the print and online white supremacist journal and Website that Taylor runs, brought together various speakers from the United States and Europe to present speeches on race-related topics. Approximately 300 people attended the event, including well-known extremists such as
- Don Black, who runs the white supremacist Website Stormfront.org;
- Gordon Baum, head of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC), a white supremacist organization that was the successor to the racist, anti-integrationist White Citizens' Councils of the 1950s and 1960s;
- Mark Weber, head of the Institute for Historical Review, a Holocaust denial organization;
- William Regnery, a funder of racist organizations and publications, including The Occidental Quarterly, a racist journal whose articles often focus on race and intelligence.
Speakers at the conference included:
- J. Philippe Rushton, head of the Pioneer Fund, who promotes eugenics and an alleged link between race and intelligence;
- Bruno Gollnisch, a member of the National Front, a far-right French political party, who lamented the existence of the European Union for what he saw as its un-democratic nature and assault on national sovereignty ;
- Jared Taylor, who discussed why the vast majority of whites do not accept “race realism,” the idea that racial differences are real and that it is natural and healthy for groups to segregate along racial lines.
Other talks covered a range of topics, from an “insider” look at Mexicans to “a modest proposal” advocating for a white “racial state.”
Taylor received mainstream press coverage in several venues related to protests of the event, which were staged on the conference’s second day, February 23. According to media accounts, various anti-racist groups organized the protests.
In December 2007, the Jewish Defense Organization, a militant Jewish group, had also announced plans to protest the conference. A Washington Post article in connection with that story quoted Taylor as saying that genetics account for differences in intelligence between the races and for inferior test scores by blacks compared with whites, and by whites compared with Asians.
On November 19, 2007, Taylor spoke about his racist views on The Political Cesspool, a now-defunct Tennessee-based radio program on which neo-Nazis, Holocaust deniers, and white supremacists made regular appearances. He had appeared on the show at least 10 times. In June 2007, he was a featured speaker at a conference of the CofCC. Taylor is also on the editorial advisory board of Citizens Informer, the CofCC’s newspaper
In April 2007, Taylor delivered a lecture entitled, “Multiculturalism and Racial Diversity: Strength or Weakness?” at Clemson University in South Carolina. A student group, the Clemson Conservatives, had invited him and he spoke to a group of students, faculty, and members of the public. During the lecture, Taylor implied that international hostility directed at the United States is due to the country’s current racial diversity. He also said, “It is a mistake to assume it is wrong to prefer the company of people similar to oneself… It is universal, and I think there’s every reason to believe there are innate biological reasons… In [the] United States, this kind of preference… is recognized and encouraged and institutionalized so long as the people who are expressing this preference are not white.”
Perhaps Taylor’s most notable public appearances of recent years occurred in January and March 2007, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a large island off Canada’s Atlantic coast. In November 2006, Professor David Divine, the chair of the black Canadian studies department at Dalhousie University in Halifax, agreed to debate Taylor on the merits of racial diversity, an event originally scheduled for January 15, 2007, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day that year. In December, Divine rescinded Taylor’s invitation to the debate. Taylor nevertheless reserved a room at a hotel in Halifax to deliver a speech on January 16, 2007, and advertised the event with flyers on the campus of Dalhousie University. The event garnered widespread publicity in Nova Scotia when Taylor was physically removed from the room at the hotel by protesters, some of them masked. A television reporter present at the event recorded the protestors’ actions on video.
CTV, a Canadian television station, interviewed Taylor the following day as part of their coverage of the story. Then, in March 2007, Taylor returned to Halifax to debate philosophy professor Peter March on the radio, as Saint Mary’s University, March’s host institution, declined to sponsor an on-campus debate. The events created a flurry of opinion pieces in Canadian newspapers debating the merits of allowing Taylor to speak and the treatment he had received from the protesters.
Taylor’s greatest exposure on mainstream American media was on CNN, where he was part of a guest panel debating race on the Paula Zahn Now show on December 12, 2006. The panel also included Michael Eric Dyson, a well-known professor of African-American studies at Georgetown University. During the show, Taylor repeated his oft-stated position that he believes in “complete freedom of association” and thinks it “natural” for races to segregate themselves from one another.
Taylor also appeared at the University of Texas, Arlington on April 28, 2006, to debate professor Jose Angel Gutierrez. The College Republicans sponsored the debate, whose topic was “Hispanicization: Good or Bad for America?” During the debate, Taylor said that 23% of “Hispanics” are poor, that they are three times more likely to commit a “violent crime” than whites, and that “youth gangs are… becoming overwhelmingly a Hispanic problem.” Reportedly, nearly 400 people attended the on campus event, which received mainstream press coverage. The writer of the American Renaissance article about the event concluded, “My only complaint about the debate was that the audience was not ten times larger."
A particularly eventful meeting of the biennial American Renaissance conference took place earlier that year, on the weekend of February 24 – 26, 2006, in Herndon, Virginia. The gathering attracted around 300 people, all of them white and nearly all of them male. Speakers included J. Philippe Rushton; Nick Griffin, head of the far-right British National Party; and Gordon Baum.
Tensions between anti-Semites and Jews who attended the conference came to a head when well-known racist and anti-Semite David Duke, who was not a scheduled presenter, accused Jews of being a “power… that has led to the internal destruction of our will and spirit” during a question-and-answer session. Some members of the audience responded enthusiastically to his comments, which led a Jewish attendee to rebuke Duke. Taylor addressed the incident in the May 2006 issue of American Renaissance, writing that while Jews are “equal participants,” American Renaissance “has taken no explicit position on Jewish matters.” He also upheld “the role of Jews in a society” as a subject for debate on par with homosexuality and foreign policy but noted that an American Renaissance conference was not an “appropriate” venue for that debate.