Recently a menagerie of anti-racist activists, spearheaded by a marginal organization called "Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.)", used the threat of economic warfare to browbeat the Dulles Westin Hotel into booting the proposed American Renaissance Conference scheduled for February 19-21 from its premises. In response, American Renaissance publisher Jared Taylor has challenged R.E.A.L. spokesman Jeffrey Imm to a debate. Taylor's challenge is cross-posted below:
January 29th, 2010
Dear Mr. Imm:
You claim to be motivated by love and to be “uncompromising in the defense of universal human rights.” Yet, you have done your best to make it impossible for my publication, American Renaissance, to hold its biennial conference. A public conference is the clearest possible exercise of two fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution: the right to freedom of speech and the right to assemble.
How do you justify your attempt to deny us these rights?
You claim to be prepared to meet those with whom you disagree, and that you have arranged many public events, including several at the National Press Club. Let us therefore meet.
I challenge you to organize a public event at the press club at which you could defend your actions. So long as the meeting takes place before the American Renaissance conference is scheduled to begin — a date with which you are familiar — it can be at a time of your choosing.
Editor, American Renaissance
Jeffrey Imm wasted little time in responding. He accepted the challenge, posting his acceptance HERE (also see accompanying Stormfront thread). Note that although Jeffrey Imm repeatedly claims to support freedom of speech and asserts his right to publicly dispute American Renaissance throughout his response, Imm's specific intent was to censor the American Renaissance conference and shut it down altogether by employing the threat of economic warfare. Also note that Imm brags about how his organization operates openly and announces their venues in advance, criticizing Taylor for not doing likewise. Of course Jeffrey Imm can do so; white nationalists don't organize economic boycotts against Real Courage and don't show up at Real Courage events to disrupt them. In contrast, anti-racists always show up at AR Conferences to disrupt them. So Jeffrey Imm has exposed himself as a disingenuous liar.
Imm proposes a date of February 19th for the debate between himself and Jared Taylor, despite the fact that Taylor proposed a date BEFORE the AR Conference scheduled for February 19-21. This is also disingenuous, because it would virtually force Taylor to choose between debating Imm and attending the first day of the AR Conference. Imm's response is posted below:
January 30th, 2010
Mr. Jared Taylor of the American Renaissance organization -
Thank you for taking the time to write to me. R.E.A.L. and our supporters have frequent public events. For example, yesterday I was busy with a Chinese freedom group opposing Communist totalitarian hate. Our organization focuses on numerous threats to our universal human rights, including our promotion of racial harmony and our defiance of racial supremacism. But I wanted to take time to reply to you today.
I believe that you confuse the idea that your freedom of speech to promote “white nationalism,” does not give me the freedom of speech to tell others, including hotels and commercial organizations, what your ideology represents and share what your own website says with others. Our freedoms are not mutually exclusive, however inconvenient that may be for your efforts at planning secret conferences.
You believe that human diversity as a strength should be mocked; this is a point that you made in your VDARE announcement of your planned American Renaissance conference. American Renaissance has a history of articles that belittle the innate intelligence and human dignity of black Americans. These are choices that you and your supporters at American Renaissance have made. These are positions that you publicly espouse and promote. Our rights and our positions also come with consequences. The reason that your events were canceled at the Dulles Marriott and the Washington Dulles Westin have nothing to do with me, and everything to do with you and your American Renaissance’s publicly stated positions. They weren’t assessing what I told them, they were assessing what you and your supporters have told the world. They found your views so hateful that they could not accept your money.
You want to have it both ways. You want to say that you are seeking to promote your ideas with the public, just until companies where you seek to host events find out about the same ideas that you claim you want to promote. In fact, if AmRen had been successful, the hotels you booked conferences at would already know your positions. The truth is you don’t want them to know. The fact is that it is only by concealing the racial supremacist hate that is represented at your conferences that you even have a chance of holding them.
Even now, you are afraid to state where you will move the AmRen 2010 event to. This is because the truth is you really don’t have the courage of your convictions. You claim to seek a public debate even while you doggedly seek to keep your planned location of the AmRen 2010 event a secret. What are you afraid of?
As for Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.), we stand by the courage of our convictions. We have public events and we announce the location to the world. We don’t hide in secret conference rooms, or sulk around with pseudonyms or as you say on your website “nom de guerre.” We don’t fight a war of ideas in the shadows, but we struggle for universal human rights in broad daylight with our own names and in the public.
That is what it means to be responsible for equality and liberty.
Therefore, we have public events, where we announce our location and provide directions. We fear no evil. That too is what it means to be responsible for equality and liberty. In fact, while we have attended and held events at the Press Club, our preference is to have direct contact with the American public. This is why the overwhelming majority of our events have been on the public streets, in Georgetown, at the Lincoln Memorial, at the Capitol, at the Washington Monument, and in street corners and sidewalks around the United States and in Europe.
One of those public events will be held on the street at 1355 Kenyon Street, NW, Washington DC on February 19 at 12 noon, at a park area on the corner of 14th Street NW, Park Avenue NW, and Kenyon Street NW. It is a few blocks away from the Columbia Heights metro stop. I have provided you with our public notice on this to the world below. R.E.A.L. will be addressing the challenge of racial supremacism and why we must choose love, not hate. We will also be urging the public to protest your American Renaissance conference. The public is invited to participate in all of our public events.
So if you have something that you want to say to the American public, you are welcome to meet me on February 19 at 12 noon at the R.E.A.L. public awareness event below.
In addition, you can be certain we will also have an event on April 4, 2010 (like we did last year) which will likely be at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool Steps where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, gave his speech “I Have A Dream.”
While Dr. King had a dream, R.E.A.L. understands that we have a responsibility. That is why we are – Responsible for Equality And Liberty.
Choose Love, Not Hate. Love Wins.
Yours in Equality and Liberty,
Jeffrey Imm can be contacted through this e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org . Recommend White activists spam this guy with a blizzard of e-mails, but keep the language civil to avoid giving him any more grist for his propaganda mill.