On October 31, members of Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.) protested VDARE speakers at a Baltimore-area conference of the “H L Mencken Club.” Members of the racist hate group VDARE at the event included Steven Sailer and Patrick Buchanan. While scheduled, VDARE’s Peter Brimelow had to cancel his involvement in the Mencken conference. The event was held at the Holiday Inn BWI in Lithicum, Maryland, near the Baltimore-Washington International (BWI) airport. (R.E.A.L. previously posted on this event in September.)
The VDARE Foundation has been listed as a “white nationalist” hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) , a designation that VDARE’s leaders state that they are “proud” to have. VDARE’s web site has also been described by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) as “a Web site that features the work of racists, anti-Semites, and anti-immigrant figures.”
R.E.A.L. was pleased to see that VDARE had a low turnout for its H. L. Mencken Club conference, as our protesters braved the rainy weather to protest outside the Holiday Inn BWI. Aside from our protesters, numerous passers-by were shocked and disturbed to learn of the VDARE speakers at the Holiday Inn BWI, and many automobile drivers honked their horns in support and gave a “thumbs-up” to the R.E.A.L. street corner protesters. In terms of the positive response from many of the public versus VDARE’s slim turnout at their conference, the American public in Maryland clearly is against racist views.
Employees of the Holiday Inn BWI were shocked and greatly disturbed when learning of the VDARE speakers, as R.E.A.L. protesters handed out fliers about the VDARE speakers’ comments on race to the public. R.E.A.L. did contact the Holiday Inn BWI management in advance of the conference and faxed them a copy of our flier about the VDARE speakers. In addition, R.E.A.L. coordinated with the Anne Arundel Police Department.
As some VDARE supporters saw R.E.A.L. protesters on the street outside of the Holiday Inn BWI, their response was vulgar gestures.
Racial IQ writer Steven Sailer from VDARE gave a keynote speech at the Holiday Inn BWI on “Libreal [sic] Jews,” and went on to speak against human diversity on October 31. On the VDARE web site, President Obama has recently been described as the “Half-Blood Prince” by VDARE author Steven Sailer; VDARE editor Peter Brimelow praises this as part of “Steve’s scholarly interest in racial differences.” VDARE’s Sailer has used the website for a litany of articles regarding race, including articles focusing on issues such as the IQ of black Americans, “white guilt,” “race denial,” endless articles on “minority mortgage meltdown,” “Anti-White Discrimination,” “Anti-White Populism,” and “On What The Census Bureau’s Projected White Minority Will Mean For America.” VDARE’s Sailer has called Barack Obama a “wigger,” and VDARE’s Peter Brimelow calls Sailer a “genius.”
VDARE’s Patrick Buchanan also spoke on October 31. On August 31, 2009 on the 70th anniversary of the beginning of World War II, VDARE’s Patrick Buchanan wrote an article on VDARE’s web site, arguing how misunderstood Adolf Hitler was, titled “70 Years After — Did Hitler Really Want War?” . Buchanan has used VDARE to defend accused Nazi John Demjanjuk, who is currently on trial in Germany for 27,900 counts of accessory to murder. Buchanan’s previous article that questions “Was World War II Worth It?” has been widely promoted by the Neo-Nazi Stormfront organization as well as by David Duke and others.
Individuals who were also reported to be part of the H L Mencken Club convention included: Patrick Deneen, Gene Edward Veith, E. Christian Kopff, James Kurth, Lee Congdon, Kevin Gutzman, George Csatary, John Derbyshire, Richard Spencer, Jeff Frazee, professor and VDARE contributor Paul Gottfried (Gottfried: “Did Pre-MLK America Really Need Redemption?”), and “Youth for Western Civilization” (YWC) leader Kevin DeAnna.
As Kevin DeAnna has previously claimed to not support racial supremacism, R.E.A.L. wrote Kevin DeAnna to confirm that he would not attend this event. DeAnna never replied.
Update: YWC’s Kevin DeAnna did speak at the H.L. Mencken conference in Baltimore.
The Fitzergerald Griffin Foundation prominently promotes the writing and work of Sam Francis, such as “Race and the American Prospect: Essays on the Racial Realities of Our Nation and Our Time,” and “Shots Fired.” (The writings of white nationalist Sam Francis are also promoted by the VDARE web site.) Sam Francis, who died in 2005, was notorious for his white nationalist views and also was chief editor for the Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC). The CofCC, founded in Georgia, is not headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri. White nationalist Jared Taylor, who is also promoted by VDARE, was a key speaker at the 2009 CofCC national convention.