Note: All previous posts on the 2011 American Renaissance Conference available HERE, with the most recent post displaying first.
February 1st, 2011 may go down as a day of infamy -- for the snooty "valuable intellectual properties" who look down their noses at street activists and national socialists within the White Nationalist community. For it is the day that Jared Taylor surrendered to political correctness and canceled the 2011 American Renaissance Conference altogether.
The first indication of a complete cancellation came from WSOC Channel 9 and WCNC Channel 36. WSOC reported that Stephen Webster, the assistant editor of American Renaissance, confirmed on Wednesday February 2nd that the conference, which was planned for this weekend, has been canceled. WCNC also used the term "cancelled" in their report.
But I was uncertain whether this indicated a complete cancellation. So I researched further, and found the smoking gun published on Counter Currents Publishing. Yes, Jared Taylor has completely caved in:
Dear Conference Registrant,
I am very sorry to inform you that the AR conference scheduled for February 4 through 6 must be canceled. Despite strong assurances that it would not submit to pressure, the hotel with which we had initially contracted has broken its contract with us. We have investigated many possible alternative venues but have not been able to find one.
There is evidence that at least one elected Charlotte official was working behind the scenes to deny us a venue, and our legal counsel is looking into grounds for action against the city.
We are deeply sorry for the great inconvenience this causes you, and I apologize to you personally. As the head of the publication that organized this conference, the fault is entirely mine.
At your instruction we will, of course, refund all registrations and banquet fees.
Many of you will have bought non-refundable air tickets. Generally, the amount spent on such tickets can, for a period of a year, be used to buy a different ticket on the same airline. However, most airlines then deduct $150 from the amount that can be spent to buy the new ticket. If you bought a non-refundable ticket, please send us proof of purchase and we will send you a check for $150. We do not want anyone to suffer financial loss because of this cancellation.
We have heard that because of the impending storms, some airlines are offering full refunds on “non-refundable” tickets. This offer may not apply to tickets for February 4, but it may be worth inquiring.
We are considering alternative models for future American Renaissance conferences.
Again, please accept my sincerest apologies. We greatly value your continuing support, and deeply regret that we will not be seeing you on February 4.
The fact that Taylor is offering refunds does NOT mitigate the infamy. At least in 2010, they held a rump conference in a local restaurant in Virginia. But Taylor isn't even making a token effort this time. They could have, as a symbolic gesture of protest, conducted a one-day open air conference in front of a public building or at a public park in Charlotte to show that they would not be silenced. Here's how VNN Forum webmaster Alex Linder, who led a rally in Knoxville in 2007, would have handled it:
...the right and obvious thing to do is tell the people to show up at assembly point X, and then march over to the hotel, and then barricade it, if at all possible, screaming and shouting and demanding it comply with the contract. That is exactly how niggers would do it. Granted, the media would support the niggers, but IF The Turd dared on this path, he would achieve a good effect, and very possibly win the day. And even if it didn't work out, after the rally the people could all retire to some other public or private place and hear the same old boring lectures anyway. There are many ways to do the thing, giving up is the wrong option.
But Taylor chose to surrender. No wonder Alex Linder characterizes Taylor as a "polished turd"; perhaps Linder is right, but for different reasons than those he specifies. Taylor knew that this possibility existed, and failed to account for it. When's the last time you heard of the National Socialist Movement canceling a rally because of political pressure? When's the last time you heard of the American Nazi Party canceling one of their events because of political pressure? When the "suits" quit, the "boots" soldier on.
Jared Taylor has, in effect, sabotaged his own organization. Greg Johnson writes, "I think it highly unlikely that AR will be able to put on another conference. How many people are likely to be willing to set aside the time, make the plans, and shell out the money for the second or third time with the prospect of another cancellation hanging over their heads?" No kidding! The fact that Taylor may be a brilliant thinker, writer, and speaker who is rational, broad-minded, decent, and honorable and lah-dee-dah-dee-dah-dee-dah is NO LONGER ENOUGH! We need people who won't back down under pressure. Jared Taylor is simply incapable of going that far. Leo Durocher was right -- nice guys finish last!
And for that reason, Jared Taylor and American Renaissance are no longer worthy of white nationalist support, unless they sue the people responsible for harassing them. If Taylor wants to salvage anything from this debacle, he must sue the mayor of Charlotte for violating his constitutional rights and for tortious interference with a contract, and he should sue the hotel for breach of contract. AR’s list of subscribers or any other type of information is entirely irrelevant and is not subject to discovery.