SHUT DOWN THE RACISTS!
From The Self Described Anarchist Collective
The white supremacist newsletter American Renaissance (AmRen) is holding their 9th annual conference at the Dulles Airport Westin in Herndon, VA on Feb 19-21. The conference is thinly disguised under the name of the New Century Foundation, AmRen’s sister organization. In response, we are asking for everyone to call the hotel and demand they cancel the conference.
Call them now. Make them revoke their contract:703-793-3366
What is AmRen and what do they believe?
AmRen, published by white supremacist Jared Taylor, is a newsletter that promotes pseudoscientific research which argues that non-whites are genetically and morally inferior. The AmRen conference is a melting pot of radical right-wing racist people and ideas. Previous attendees include Ku Klux Klan members (including former leader David Duke), neo-Nazis (such as Don Black), holocaust deniers, anti-immigration activists, and other ideologues promoting racial hatred. The Anti-Defamation League writes that AmRen,”promotes their views by attacking racial, ethnic, and religious diversity, which they call ‘one of the most divisive forces on the planet’ and therefore ‘dangerous'” and that, “many of North America’s leading intellectual racists have written for American Renaissance or have addressed the biennial American Renaissance conferences.”
Who is supposed to be at the conference this year?
The keynote speaker of the conference this year is Nick Griffin, head of the British National Party (BNP) and member of the European Parliament. His attendance at the conference is troubling, as he is expected to be placed in jail soon for violating a court order in the UK to open the membership of his political party to non-whites by January, 28th. Griffin isn’t a stranger to jail though; in 1996 he served a 9-month sentence after being found guilty of ‘publishing material likely to incite racial hatred’. Griffin’s speaking date in DC is even more disturbing because James Von Brunn, the neo-Nazi terrorist who shot and killed a security guard at the DC Holocaust Museum in June of 2009, was a member of the American Friends of the British National Party, and had been at events where Griffin Spoke. As well as being a racist, Griffin is notable for his antisemitism, and has referred to the Holocaust as the ‘Holohoax’.
Other speakers include:
Dan Roodt, who argues that blacks are genetically programmed to commit violent crime, and wrote in an article on January 13th, 2010 that, “In South Africa, the white IQ is somewhere around 100 whereas the average black IQ is about 70….Blacks generally prefer parties and festivals because a lot of them lack the mental ability to excel at such demanding subjects as mathematics and natural science which require logical reasoning and cognitive ability.” Roodt is the head of Pro-Afrikaans Action Group, a South African white supremacist organization.
Craig Bodeker, who said in an interview that, “The false concept of ‘racism’ has done more harm than just force decent white people into NOT looking-out for their own ethnic interests, while other groups are encouraged to look out for theirs. In fact, I’ll argue that it has BANKRUPTED AMERICA!”
Jared Taylor, who argues that blacks are “more psychopathic than whites”, and in an article about Hurricane Katrina wrote that, “when blacks are left entirely to their own devices, Western Civilization—any kind of civilization—disappears. And in a crisis, civilization disappears overnight.”
Sam G. Dickson, who advocates white nationalism and fights against non-white immigration, affirmative action, interracial marriage, homosexuality, and school integration.
Raymond Wolter, who argues against school racial desegregation, and believes that blacks have more natural IQ limitations than whites.
Wayne Lutton, who is the director of a group which publishes the racist Occidental Quarterly journal, and the antisemitic Occidental Observer magazine.
What you can do?
The Westin Washington Dulles Hotel has not made a decision yet on whether or not they are going to allow the conference to continue. There will be a massive phone-in all day on Tuesday, January, 19th, 2010. Please contact Westin Washington Dulles Hotel and let them know how you feel. The phone number is 703-793-3366. Here is an example of what you could say:
“Hello, my name is _____. I am concerned about the New Century Foundation conference which your hotel is planning to host on February 19th through 21st. I would hope that you will choose to uphold your company’s commitment to diversity and to ensuring the safety of your customers by choosing to cancel the conference. I understand that several of the conference speakers have gone to prison for inciting racial violence, and in the interest of the safety of the DC community, and of all people worldwide, I ask that you do not endorse these views. I see the decision to host this conference at your hotel as an irresponsible promotion of racist ideology, and if you choose not to cancel the conference, I will no longer be giving any of my business to the Westin, and will be advising all of my family and friends to do the same. Thanks for your time.”
PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY. TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS, RELATIVES AND AQUAINTANCES! SHUT DOWN THE RACISTS!
But what about free speech?
From the ARA FAQ: “Free speech shouldn’t endanger people’s lives. You can’t yell “Fire!” in a crowded theater, because people will probably get hurt trying to get out. We think that hate speech acts in the same way – by trying to make certain kinds of people seem less than human and by glorifying violent acts against them – it’s just a matter of time before a follower or supporter of a hate group puts words into action We think that hate speech, turning people into scapegoats and targets for hateful action, is an abuse of free speech and that people’s lives are more important than the right of someone to publicly encourage others to target certain groups for a campaign of murder, rape, assault, genocide, ethnic cleansing and terror. If you actively go out of your way to tell people that 90% of the world’s population should be enslaved or that the best thing they can do is kill someone because of their skin color, religion, ethnic background, immigration status, sexual orientation, disability, etc., we think you’ve forfeited your right to free speech.
Isn’t it better to just ignore racists?
“Ignoring a problem never makes it go away. If hate groups encounter no opposition to their activities in a community, they’ll take that to mean that they have no opposition there willing to stand up to them and they will act accordingly. This makes it more likely that hate group activity will increase and they will start hurting people. This also isolates the people they target – people of color, immigrants, religious or ethnic minorities, gays and lesbians, the disabled, women, etc. – making them feel vulnerable and afraid because it seems like no one has their back.”