Jared Taylor has used both mainstream and extremist venues, including a cable TV network, universities, radio and conferences, to promote his racist ideas.
Taylor has scheduled the ninth annual American Renaissance conference to be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, February 4-6, 2011. Speakers include a variety of racists from the United States and abroad. As he has with previous conferences, Taylor has invited speakers who focus on the racial divide and race relations and their impact on white culture in the United States, Europe and South Africa.
Last year, Taylor cancelled the 2010 American Renaissance conference, scheduled to be held in Herndon, Virginia, after he claimed the hotels hosting the conference and guests had received threats from anti-racist groups. Taylor later managed to hold a scaled-down version of the conference in Northern Virginia. According to Taylor, around 70 people attended the conference, which was a far cry from the 250-plus people that had reportedly been planning to attend the cancelled conference. One of the speakers was Matthew Tait, a member of the far-right British National Party.
In June 2010, Taylor was one of the keynote speakers at the annual conference of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens in Nashville, Tennessee.
In 2010, Taylor also made multiple appearances on "The Political Cesspool," a white supremacist Internet radio show run by racist James Edwards.
On November 10, 2009, Curtis Sliwa, a talk radio show broadcast on 77 WABC in New York, interviewed Taylor about immigration issues. 77 WABC is owned by Citadel Broadcasting Corporation, the third largest radio station owner in the country. On Sliwa's show, Taylor claimed that health-care legislation proposed by the Obama administration will offer coverage to illegal immigrants because it does not explicitly exclude them. He also said that from 1993 to 2003, at least 60 hospitals were forced to close because they were mandated to provide coverage to the uninsured, "many of whom were illegal immigrants." Taylor sees non-white immigration as a problem in itself, as it undermines the racial homogeneity of American society. For Taylor, racially segregated nations are inherently more peaceful and productive, and he openly advocates for policies that would make the United States a white nation.
Taylor was the featured speaker at the 2009 annual conference of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC), a white supremacist organization that was the successor to the racist, anti-integrationist White Citizens' Councils active in the South in the 1950s and 1960s. The conference was held on June 26-27 in Jackson, Mississippi. His talk, entitled "The Ties of Kinship," focused on the "genetic similarity theory," an idea that holds that people "naturally" prefer their own race over another. Taylor promotes this theory in his writings.
In May 2009, Taylor began publishing original articles on the
American Renaissance Web site. This new tactic may demonstrate an increased focus on promoting online material as opposed to the print version of the American Renaissance magazine. Also that month, he published an article in Taki's Mag on a nationally publicized case of white New Haven firefighters who had sued the city after they felt they were unfairly denied promotions because of their race. Taki's Mag is an online publication founded by Taki Theodoracopulos, who writes for mainstream conservative publications and co-founded, with Pat Buchanan, The American Conservative magazine in 2002.
A year earlier, in March 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 convened 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;
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:
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 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.
Jared Taylor calls his views "race realism" and himself a believer in "complete freedom of association." He advocates voluntary segregation as a "natural" expression of racial solidarity and denies that his views constitute white supremacism or white separatism. Viewing world conflicts and societal problems as derivative of racial, religious, and ethnic diversity, Taylor upholds racial homogeneity as the key to fostering peaceful coexistence. He sees Japan, where he lived until he was 16 years old with his missionary parents, as an exemplar of a racially homogenous society. He views Asians generally as genetically superior in intelligence to whites who he, in turn, sees as genetically superior in intelligence to blacks.
Taylor generally promotes his views through articles published in American Renaissance, the white supremacist journal he edits. In the articles, he often argues that racial diversity is a negative for society, as in "Integration Has Failed," the lead article in the February 2008 issue of the publication. His recent writings have promoted such themes as a genetic basis for differences in intelligence between races; the alleged benefits of racial homogeneity; a propensity among blacks to commit crimes at higher levels than whites, and an alleged reconquista (or re-conquest) of the American Southwest by Mexicans.
Being careful to couch his language in purported scientific
research and academic jargon, he often roots his findings in what he describes as predetermined factors, including a lower IQ and higher blood testosterone in blacks. During one of his at least ten appearances on The Political Cesspool, a now-defunct Tennessee-based radio show that often gave a platform to anti-Semites and white supremacists, Taylor said, "Nature has dealt blacks an unfortunate hand when it comes to crime." Blacks, he argued in his 1999 pamphlet "The Color of Crime," are more prone to criminal activity than whites, a position from which he justifies the use of racial profiling in community policing. Taylor also views whites as the lone racial group in America unable to proclaim racial solidarity and calls Latinos more dedicated to "race and homeland" than the United States of America. As expressed in his appearance on CNN's Paula Zahn Now in December 2006, Taylor sees whites as singularly oppressed in contemporary American society and claims that they cannot use the "n-word" in public for fear of losing their jobs and reputations.
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. Four out of the 10 speakers at the initial American Renaissance conference in 1994 were Jews, including Michael Levin, a racist professor at the City University of New York and author of Why Race Matters, and Rabbi Mayer Shiller, then head of the Yeshiva University High School for Boys in New York. Jews have been speakers and/or participants at all eight American Renaissance conferences.
During the 2006 American Renaissance conference 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. Taylor attempted to "clear the air" regarding Jewish participation in American Renaissance conferences with a piece in the May 2006 edition of the American Renaissance journal in which he wrote, "Jews have, from the outset, been equal participants in our efforts." However, he also compared the question of "the roles of Jews in society" to questions over homosexuality, foreign policy, and abortion and said that these issues should be openly debated in a "free society."
Jared Taylor maintains ties to a variety of racists and extremists, both domestically and internationally. He is on the editorial advisory board of Citizens Informer, the newspaper of the racist Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC), and has contributed writings to The Occidental Quarterly a racist journal. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the National Policy Institute, a self-styled racist think-tank funded by William H. Regnery, an heir to the Regnery publishing fortune and funder of racist organizations and publications. Taylor also received monetary compensation from the institute in 2005. Gordon Baum, the head of the CofCC, and J. Philippe Rushton, the president of the Pioneer Fund, which promotes eugenics and race-based science, have both been presenters at conferences hosted by Taylor's publication, American Renaissance. Taylor's conferences attract a wide range of extremists; recent attendees have included well-known racist and anti-Semite David Duke; Don Black, operator of Stormfront, a white supremacist online forum; Mark Weber, head of the Institute for Historical Review, a Holocaust denial organization; and members of various neo-Nazi groups.
The American Renaissance Website also promotes the work
of other white supremacists by selling video and audio tapes of presentations from speakers at past American Renaissance conferences, including lectures by Gordon Baum and Sam Francis, a well-known racist who died in 2005.
Taylor also has ties to European racists, including members of the British National Party (BNP), a racist, far-right political party in England and the National Front, a racist, far-right French political party. Nick Griffin, the head of the BNP, has been a speaker at two American Renaissance conferences, including the one held in 2006. Frédéric Legrand, a member of the National Front, is a frequent contributor to American Renaissance.
Taylor's portrayal of his racist views as intellectual inquiry
enables him to maintain a position as a respectable academic source for racists, many of whom frequently cite his work. He and his admirers often cite his educational background, including a Yale undergraduate degree and mastery of Japanese and French, in order to grant his and their ideas a veneer of credibility. David Duke has posted articles written by Taylor and a review of one of Taylor's books to his Website. The Institute for Historical Review reprinted Taylor's article, "The Challenge of 'Multiculturalism'," in the Summer 1992 issue of its publication, The Journal of Historical Review. European Americans United, a neo-Nazi group, has posted Taylor's articles to its news Website. The racist Website VDare maintains a section of Taylor's articles, and the CofCC's Website designates the Website of American Renaissance as one of two "Top Websites."
Jared Taylor promotes his white supremacist ideas primarily through the print publication American Renaissance, its companion Website and the biennial American Renaissance conferences. Taylor serves as the editor of American Renaissance and frequently contributes lengthy articles and book reviews to its pages. Many issues appear to be little more than his personal reflections on the state of race relations in contemporary America.
The American Renaissance Website consists mostly of links to daily news items with terse headlines that reflect the site's
racist sensibility. The site also posts articles describing attacks by blacks against whites, generally involving rape, murder or both, and sells video and audio tapes of presentations from past American Renaissance conferences. The Website also promotes a variety of books extolling racist views.
Taylor's ties to a variety of racist organizations and individuals serve as an additional vehicle for him to promote his views. For example, he is on the editorial advisory board of Citizens Informer, the newspaper of the racist Council of Conservative Citizens and has contributed writings to The Occidental Quarterly, a racist journal.
Taylor has had some success in his efforts to gain exposure in mainstream media and universities. In these outlets, as in others, he presents himself as a legitimate scholar and has been abetted in this regard by hosts who have introduced him only as the editor of American Renaissance without providing any background on the publication or its contents. His appearance as a guest commentator on CNN's Paula Zahn Now in December 2006 is one example; he was also on The Queen Latifah Show in December 2000.
In 2007, Taylor generated significant publicity in the Canadian media through a canceled debate on racial diversity with David Divine, a professor of black Canadian studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and he also spoke at Clemson University in South Carolina at the invitation of the Clemson Conservatives, a student group.
Jared Taylor (also known as Samuel Jared Taylor) was born in Japan to missionary parents in 1951. He lived there until the age of 16 and attended Japanese public school until he was 12, gaining native fluency in Japanese. He attended Yale, graduating in 1973, and earned a Master's degree in International Economics at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris in 1978. His online résumé indicates that he has also worked as an international lending officer for Manufacturer's Hanover Trust, has consulted for American companies seeking to do business in Japan, and was West Coast Editor for PC Magazine from 1983 to 1988. He has also taught Japanese at the Harvard Summer School and worked as a courtroom translator.
In 1983, Taylor drew on his upbringing to write Shadows of the
Rising Sun: A Critical View of the Japanese Miracle, a study of Japanese culture published by William Morrow. The book received generally good reviews and presages the themes that Taylor would pursue more extensively with his current organization, the New Century Foundation--in particular the idea that a nation needs a uniform culture and racial heritage to prosper.
Taylor continued to refine his ideas about race and national identity during the next few years, gathering information he believed supported the idea that the United States faced a dangerous period of economic and cultural decline because it had rejected its white Anglo-Saxon heritage in the name of racial and gender equality. He eventually argued that social welfare programs and affirmative action sustained a largely minority underclass that sapped the nation's will and health. To promote this message, he began publishing the American Renaissance journal in November 1990.
The stated purpose of the journal, from the outset, was to create "a literate, undeceived journal of race, immigration and the decline of civility." It held that "for a nation to be a nation - and not just a crowd - it must consist of people that share the same culture, language, history and aspirations." Under Taylor's stewardship, American Renaissance has largely avoided the use of crude racial stereotypes. Instead, its authors rely on using pseudoscientific, sociological and philosophical arguments to demonstrate the purported superiority of the white race and the threat nonwhite minorities pose to American society.
The magazine remained largely unknown outside extremist circles until late 1992 when Carroll & Graf, a small mainstream publisher, released Taylor's book, Paved With
Good Intentions: The Failure of Race Relations in Contemporary America. A variety of publications reviewed the book and some mainstream conservatives praised it. The Wall Street Journal called the book "easily the most comprehensive indictment of the race-conscious civil rights policies of the last three decades," but also criticized Taylor's dismissal of the impact of racism on the black community, saying that he "does little to improve understanding or breach the [racial] gap." Peter Brimelow, who has since created the racist Website VDare, was less equivocal in the National Review, declaring the book "the most important to be published on the subject for many years." Commentary concluded that Paved With Good Intentions "accurately reflects the indignation shared by many who believe that the way America is dealing with its racial difficulties is unfair and self-defeating."
The relative success of the book helped to raise interest in both American Renaissance and its message, and Taylor did his best to capitalize on his newfound notoriety. He convened the first of what became biennial conferences conducted under the banner of the New Century Foundation (and later, American Renaissance) in May 1994. These gatherings soon became the centerpiece of his efforts, featuring well-known intellectual racists speaking in ostensibly academic seminars, lectures and panel discussions.
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