White advocacy group returns to middle Tennessee for 6th annual conference
A white advocacy group and Tennessee law professor discuss the group's philosophy ahead of it's annual conference next month.
American Renaissance is a movement founded by Yale-educated philosopher and writer Jared Taylor.
“American Renaissance is dedicated to race, realism and white advocacy," Taylor said in a video that explains the group’s founding principles and goals.
The Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups in America, lists American Renaissance among the purveyors of hate headquartered in Virginia. It separates Taylor from the likes of the KKK and Arian Nation because he and his followers aren't anti-Semitic.
“They hate him because he is very favorable toward Jews, and he also will say that Asians are more superior to white people," said Dr. Carol Swain.
Swain an author and professor at the Vanderbilt University School of Law. She writes about Jared Taylor in her book "Contemporary Voices of White Nationalism in America."
It’s a label Taylor rejects.
"Whites have the right, they have the duty to remain the majority in their own lands," Taylor said. "A hundred years ago virtually all whites understood this."
American Renaissance opposes immigration saying unless we secure our borders and make it harder for foreigners to come here, whites will be a minority in America by 2042.
It’s why Taylor said he endorsed Donald Trump in the presidential election last year.
Doctor Swain believes white nationalists and the alt-right are one in the same. She believes American Renaissance’s intellectual arguments calling attention to the double standard in politics make it particularly worrisome. Swain says it’s slippery slope.
“People that may be curious, they go to American Renaissance and while they're there they may click on something and it leads to groups that are more extreme," she said. "Groups that espouse violence."
Jared Taylor and his followers will be back at Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns for their annual conference at the end of July.
It is the group’s sixth visit to Tennessee.
Why do they keep coming back?
The nature is great but Taylor says unlike national hotel chains, state parks like Montgomery Bell can't turn people away because they don't like the message.
Previous visits have generated small protests but American Renaissance has largely been under the radar here.
The president of the NAACP in Dickson County, Benny Overton, tells Fox 17 he and his members are not happy. He says American Renaissance should be no more welcome in Dickson than members of the terrorist group ISIS.