In February 2010, the white supremacist American Renaissance (AR) journal will host its biennial conference at a hotel just outside of Washington D.C. Since its first meeting in 1994, racists have graced the podium at AR conferences, which consistently attract white supremacists and anti-Semites as attendees.
Not surprisingly, the 2010 lineup features known white supremacists from around the world, including Nick Griffin, the leader of the racist, far-right British National Party; Sam Dickson, a racist writer and eight-time AR speaker; and Jared Taylor, who edits the American Renaissance journal and Web site.
Perhaps more interesting, however, is the presence of Wayne Lutton on the speakers list. Lutton is a long-time anti-immigrant figure and a veteran member of the John Tanton network, a far-reaching web of xenophobic activists and organizations that has managed to earn a place in the mainstream debate about immigration into the United States. (Lutton is the Editor of The Social Contract, a xenophobic journal published by John Tanton, widely considered the architect of the modern anti-immigrant movement.)
Lutton's upcoming appearance at the AR conference adds to the growing affiliations between the anti-immigrant movement and more overt racists. In spite of the Tanton network's insistence that it does not espouse or affiliate itself with racism at any level, its member organizations and figures have come under fire for advancing bigoted views and maintaining relationships with extremists, including anti-Semites.
A look at Lutton's own history reveals additional evidence of this overlap. His upcoming speech, entitled "The Real Case Against Immigration," will mark the third time he addresses an AR audience. He also spoke at the journal's first and second conferences in 1994 and 1996.
According to recent tax forms, Lutton is a director on the board of the Charles Martel Society, which publishes the racist Occidental Quarterly (OQ) journal and the anti-Semitic Occidental Observer online magazine. Lutton is also on the OQ Editorial Advisory Board, alongside other racists and anti-Semites including Kevin MacDonald, an anti-Semitic professor of evolutionary psychology at California State University – Long Beach. (MacDonald regularly argues that Jews are a "hostile elite" in American society who undermine the country's European heritage and traditions in an effort to "destroy Europeans.")
Lutton's affiliation with MacDonald extends beyond their positions on the OQ board. During one of his three appearances on the white supremacist Political Cesspool radio program, Lutton discussed his work in producing and contributing to Race and the American Prospect: Essays on the Racial Realities of Our Nation and Our Time, a 2006 book of essays composed by racists, anti-Semites, and Robert Griffin, a neo-Nazi sympathizer. In addition to authoring the book's foreword and contributing an essay, Lutton played a vital role in carrying the book through to publication after the death of its editor, racist figure Sam Francis.
During his February 2007 Political Cesspool appearance, Lutton elaborated on his positive views of both MacDonald and Francis, whom he described, along with the book's other contributors, as men who had "established themselves in their particular fields of expertise." They included:
Lutton's own affiliations with racism and anti-Semitism represent a larger and troubling trend in the anti-immigrant movement, whereby xenophobic figures and their organizations continue to find common ground with more overt extremists.