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Jared Taylor’s Official Statement on Cannon and the Sheraton

From American Renaissance:

On July 29, 2010, New Century Foundation signed a contract with the Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel to host the biennial American Renaissance (AR) conference. (New Century Foundation is the non-profit organization that publishes the monthly magazine, American Renaissance.)

We explained to the Sheraton that many people think the ideas discussed in AR are controversial. We explained that in 2010 a hotel that had agreed to host our conference came under pressure and broke its contract with us. The Sheraton agreed that it was therefore important to keep the location of the conference confidential. Our contacts said they understood what was at stake and that they believed in free speech.

On January 25, the Sheraton sent us a one-line e-mail message saying that because of “recent disclosures as to the nature of your event” they were breaking their contract. Since then, they refuse to speak to us. The pretence that it did not know what might be discussed at an AR conference is a pathetic, embarrassing lie.

Perhaps what the Sheraton actually found out was that Patrick Cannon, Mayor Pro-tem of the city of Charlotte, does not want AR to come to Charlotte. In an e-mail message to a constituent he wrote: “I have all hotels, motels, and gotels [sic] on notice and they seem to be cooperating well still.” The date of this e-mail was January 25, the very day the Sheraton canceled its contract.

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Video of Today’s Press Conference

From WBTV: video 1, video 2

Jared Taylor’s Press Conference (1) from Richard Spencer on Vimeo.

Jared Taylor’s Press Conference (2) from Richard Spencer on Vimeo.

Photos from Today’s Press Conference

From the Charlotte Observer:

Jared Taylor’s Press Conference

Jared Taylor held a press conference in Charlotte this afternoon in which, among other things, he called for an apology from Patrick Cannon and the city and requested replacement facilities for AmRen’s upcoming conference. There were some “antifa” in attendance, though they were apparently on good behavior. I wish that I had been there to witness this sharp exchange between Jared and a reporter for Mi Gente (translation: “My People”):

From the Charlotte Examiner:

Taylor, who calls himself a “race realist,” said that his group openly advocates for “white interests.” No one in Charlotte objected, he said, when the Latino advocacy group La Raza, which he translated as “The Race,” met there, nor did local government take action when Louis Farrakhan visited, even though Farrakhan has made statements that Taylor characterized as “vile things” about Jews and whites, such as claiming the US government purposely flooded New Orleans to kill blacks.

The reporter for Mi Gente asked Taylor if his group was white supremacist. He responded that the people of Japan or Israel or Mexico could be called “supremacist” because of those nations’ strict enforcement of immigration laws. Then he asked the reporter a question. “Your paper is called ‘Mi Gente,’ which means ‘my people.’ Who are your people?”

“Everyone,” she said, raising her hands in the air.

“Everyone?” Taylor asked.

The reporter shrugged. “The entire Latino community.”

Taylor pounced on this. “And if you wanted to associate with your people, or hold a conference, do you think you would be allowed to do so here in Charlotte?”

The reporter busily scribbled notes.

The double standard is a whopper, of course. But we shouldn’t fool ourselves — we’re unlikely to get anywhere pointing it out, no matter how many times Lindsey Graham mildly criticizes Sonia Sotomayor by asking, “What would you say if I claimed that a “Wise White Man, with the depth of his experience…”   In the minds of most all non-Whites — as well as sentimental and liberal Whites — it’s Whitey’s world, and Whitey consciousness should be opposed at all costs.

Sam Dickson and I on The Political Cesspool

Lawyer, writer, and activist Sam Dickson and I appeared on James Edwards’s Political Cesspool program Saturday night to discuss the AmRen situation.  An MP3 of the hour can be heard and downloaded here.

VDARE on AmRen 2011

Following Peter Brimelow’s insightful post, VDARE.com has published an analysis by Alexander Hart on the AmRen debacle. Hart raises some important questions:

[Patrick] Cannon insisted, “By no means would I be in the business of trying to violate someone’s rights.”

In my opinion, Cannon probably believes he is telling the truth.  To Black Democrats, “rights” does not hard fought Anglo-Saxon liberties such as freedom of association and freedom of speech.  Rather they mean special privileges given to designated victim groups, that are not afforded to Whites, much less “racists”.   Not giving quotas or not enforcing hate crimes laws is a violation of “rights”—but interfering with private contracts to deny freedom of assembly is not.

[…]

Yes, hotels should have the right to deny service to who they want (although what about applying this principle consistently?).  However, they should not be able to break contracts because of threats by elected officials.

The Charlotte Observer’s Fred Clasen-Kelly  asked two local academics whether or not this constituted a violation of free speech.

Richard Toenjes, associate director of UNC Charlotte’s Center for Professional and Applied Ethics said, correctly:

“If the person used his or her name which would be recognized as the name of a council member, I’d say the member was functioning as a public official and hence out of line interfering with protected free speech”.

Scott Huffmon of Winthrop University was more evasive:

“Alerting the hotels and saying this isn’t good for our image is using the bully pulpit, but not necessarily unethical…If he tried to use the position to cajole, coerce or bully that would be different”.

Local news station WSOC-TV said that Cannon “feared violent opposition to the group’s presence in the Queen City” and quoted him as saying, “We’ve always been about trying to be as inclusive as we possibly can be, and I will tell you when you have extreme groups on any side coming, it should raise a red flag.

This seems to be an acknowledgement that he is not really worried about violence coming from American Renaissance attendees—given their track record, he had no reason to—but by violent left-wing protesters.

This raises the question: why doesn’t he use his “bully pulpit”, as an as an African American Democrat, to tell these left wing “anti-racist” activists to respect other’s rights?

Of course these commonsense questions are never asked by the Main Stream Media.  In fact, outside of the local Charlotte media and publications like VDARE.com and AlternativeRight, absolutely no one is even mentioning the cancellation of the conference.

A commenter on one of the Charlotte Observer’s pieces said: “Sheraton must have thought this was a branch of the Tea Party when they accepted. They may be right.”

To the Left, all conservatives are racists.  Look at how the $PLC moved on from focusing on allegedly violent groups like the Ku Klux Klan (if it ever did) to peaceful advocacy groups like American Renaissance (and VDARE.com) to mainstream patriotic immigration reform groups like FAIR to now attacking social conservative groups like the Family Research Council as “hate groups.” Outright censorship follows shortly behind.

Establishment conservatives who think they can ignore the repression of American Renaissance are W-R-O-N-G.

But then, they’re always wrong—how else did the left come to dominate the culture?

I doubt I’d second Hart’s admonishment to mainstream conservatives, “You better defend AmRen because you’re next!” and I don’t just say that because I have little use for the conservative movement. Why should we conclude that the Left-liberal establishment, which most definitely does dominate the culture, would want to destroy CPAC, National Review, and Townhall.com after it’s done with AmRen?  My sense is that Establishment is quite happy with an opposition that’s not particularly bright or perceptive and that essentially reaffirms all of its most fundamental assumptions and beliefs. If Kathryn Jean Lopez didn’t exist, then surely the Left would have been forced to invent her. An opposition like AmRen is dangerous because it strikes at the heart of matters; no opposition at all is dangerous because it makes people wonder. The conservative movement should rest assured; their place is secure.   

Summing It All Up in One Sentence

Peter Brimelow does just that:

As I wrote after the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords, the left’s agenda is repression–because only through repression can it keep the white majority cowed long enough to elect a new people.

Backgrounder

Just in case anyone’s coming to this issue for the first time, here’s a catalogue of some mainstream reporting on City Councilman Patrick Cannon’s attempts to scuttle the 2011 AmRen conference.  (Feel free to add more links in the comments.)