Once in a while, there are incidents of anti-Jewish sentiment being expressed at American Renaissance conferences. This has led some people to accuse American Renaissance of being an antisemitic organization. Nothing could be further from the truth. The first conference featured a rabbi speaker and kosher food. Since then, historically, Jews have been prominent both as speakers and guests at the conferences. It is obvious to anybody who knows him that Jared Taylor holds no animosity toward Jews.
Why, then, do anti-semites continue to be a part of American Renaissance? The blame lies with many of those who make the accusations; it is something of a self-fulfilling prophesy. Leftist orthodoxy proscribes any expression of white solidarity. Therefore, any person, or group, that advocates for whites is automatically branded as “racist”, “bigoted” or “prejudiced”. Such groups are condemned to the outskirts of society, as if they were intellectual lepers. Few are willing to openly sympathize with pro-white stances because they fear for their livelihoods, their marriages and even their safety.
Since so few are willing to support groups like American Renaissance, it becomes even more important that such groups take support, and membership, from wherever it may come. When you’re a besieged minority, you bolster your numbers as best you can. You cast a wide net to increase your clout. A wide net invariably catches undesirables because, unlike large groups that contain millions of supporters, marginalized groups don’t have the luxury of being picky.
Since they end up with bad apples who get caught in the wider net, the marginalized groups are easier targets for their enemies. The leftists can then point and say, “there are neo-Nazis among those race-realists! How can you associate yourself with such people?” A person like me can reasonably counter that one reason I associate with race-realist groups is to help remove the stigma; the more normal people who join them, the less need they’ll have for the crazies to bolster their numbers. So, if you have a problem with anti-semites within Amren, I suggest you subscribe to the magazine, contribute to the website and attend the conferences. Then you’ll be doing your part in solving the problem.
Of course there’s another, far more important, reason I associate with race-realist groups: they represent the Truth. Would it really make sense for me to disassociate myself with the Truth just because some crazy people also associate themselves with it?