One protest group, the Coalition to Shut Down AmRen, in association with the Communist-influenced Austin Peay Students for a Democratic Society, plans a protest from 4-6 P.M. on Friday April 5th and from 5:30-7 P.M. on Saturday April 6th outside the conference center. A second group, Not in Our State, plans a “counter conference” in the park from 10:30 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. on Saturday at the office pavilion near the entrance. At least 15 academics and advocates for Not in Our State have signed on to make presentations, covering topics ranging from race and the death penalty to state efforts to criminalize immigrants to transphobia. A list of speakers is available HERE, and includes the infamous Daryle Lamont Jenkins.
Meg Lockhart, spokesperson for the park, is standing firm and says the park is open to all of the public as long as they abide by park rules. “Our primary goal is to ensure our park patrons understand that we appreciate their concerns and their patience. Clearly we value our customers,” said Lockhart. “Montgomery Bell State Park is a public park and state owned; we can’t discriminate against who can and can’t use the park’s facilities as long as groups and individuals follow the park’s policies and rules.”
American Renaissance espouses race realism rather than white nationalism; they are willing to recognize white Jews as white so long as they put white interests first. At least eight speakers are expected to make presentations, including John Derbyshire, who was earlier fired from National Review Online, pop videographer RamZPaul, and Sam Dickson. In a nod towards the white working class, Byron Roth will give a speech entitled "Off-shoring, Mass Immigration and American Wage Stagnation: Why Education is No Solution”, one of the infrequent occasions in which white working class issues are discussed at this conference. Dr. David Duke won't be attending; he said he's been asked by Jared Taylor not to attend because he is deemed too controversial. But he retains respect for the participants, and on March 25th, published an open letter to participants in which he reminded them not to forget about "the big hairy gorilla in the room". In this case, the "gorilla" is the fact that in the elite universities of the United States, European-Americans are far more victims of racial discrimination in favor of Jews than of discrimination on behalf of African-Americans or Hispanics.
The one-sided coverage in the Tennessean was noticed and called out:
Gerald Martin · Dallas, Texas 4 hours ago:
I see that the author had several quotes from those opposing AmRen, but none from representatives of AmRen itself, save one taken off the AmRen website. Granted, the article was about the protests, but even so, it doesn't allow for the voice of any AmRen representative, such as Jared Taylor, to be heard. I attended last year's conference. I heard no hateful views expressed, but only some well documented presentations aboout racial differences - for instance, that the evidence shows (contrary to the article's claim that AmRen believes "whites are superior") that east Asians (specifically, Chinese, Koreans and Japanese) have higher intelligence and commit fewer crimes of violence than do whites. But yes, the presenters did point out the evidence that blacks and Latinos have lower intelligence and commit more crimes of violence than whites - factual statements supported by sophisticated IQ testing and FBI crime surveys. I invite Colleen Creamer and other reporters to actually attend the AmRen presentations, listen with an open mind, and then go listen to the presentations at the "counter-conference."
See who makes more sense.