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American Renaissance Group Plans White Nationalist Event in Charlotte, North Carolina

Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.) supports our universal human rights, including equality for all and our rejection of racism, racial hate, and those who would deny the right of identity groups to have human dignity in their diversity in a pluralistic society.  We urge all to Choose Love, Not Hate – Love Wins.

Once again, the “American Renaissance” group is in the news.  The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has identified the American Renaissance organization as a “white nationalist” “hate group.” R.E.A.L. has previously demonstrated the American Renaissance group’s support by the Stormfront group (led by ex-Ku Klux Klan leader, former American Nazi Party member Don Black), American Renaissance’s defense on Stormfront leader radio shows, and support by South African apartheid apologist Dan Roodt.  R.E.A.L has separately reported on Stormfront, whose members regularly promote cross-burning and racist views, and one of whose members was pled guilty in 2010 regarding a terrorist plot.

In 2010, R.E.A.L. challenged the “white nationalist” American Renaissance group and its activists’ and its group’s views on minority races, and urged them to reconsider their views.  When they sought to hold an event here at our nation’s capital where R.E.A.L is HQ’d in 2010, I sought to have a counter-message to give an alternative view to their rejection of human diversity and the consistent studies and comments that seek to claim that people of minority races in the United States are inferior, among other views.  When R.E.A.L. sought to have provide such a counter-message, American Renaissance speaker Craig Bodeker stated: “I’d be surprised if someone didn’t decide to correct your behavior :) ” and “when someone does declares war on us, it’s OK to fight back. With any and all means.”

In 2011, the “white nationalist” group American Renaissance now plans to hold a meeting from February 4-6, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  In 2010, American Renaissance failed to hold a biannual conference in our nation’s capital, when hotels canceled their event after discovering the identity of the group.  The group previously booked its events using the “corporate” name of the American Renaissance group: New Century Foundation (NCF).

The American Renaissance Group has chosen Charlotte to promote its “white nationalist” views because their supporters claim Charlotte offers a more “patriotically-inclined ambience.”  Another “white nationalist” who promotes this event as well as former Ku Klux Klan David Duke, states that “to ensure security, the exact location of the conference venue will not be disclosed until 48 hours before the conference begins.”

In this year’s plan to hold a “conference” in Charlotte, North Carolina, the American Renaissance plans to have two “mystery guests,” including “one of the most dynamic leaders of the one of the most dynamic nationalist parties in Europe.”  In 2010, American Renaissance sought to have Nick Griffin of the British National Party (BNP) speak who has called the Holocaust as “the Holohoax,” and who has previously met with the former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke.  Until recent years, David Duke also attended American Renaissance events.  Both David Duke and Nick Griffin appeared at a previous white supremacist conference that was attended by white supremacist terrorist James Von Brunn who killed black security guard Stephen Tyrone Johns at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC in June 2009.  In 2010, Stormfront organization members eulogized Von Brunn’s recent death, and defendedVon Brunn’s terrorist actions in Washington DC.

The American Renaissance / New Century Foundation website provides a cacophony of White Supremacist hate commentaries mocking Black Americans based on their IQ, arguing that the genetics of Black Americans make them intellectually inferior, and railing against “the color of crime” with comments attacking Blacks and Hispanic individuals.  It warns its readers about “Transition to Black Rule” and attacks Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It’s focus is exclusively on a white supremacist perspective on race with books and articles entitled: “Why Race Matters,”  “Racial Heresies of the 21st Century,” and “Race and the American Prospect.”

Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.) promotes human equality, dignity, respect, rights, and love for one another.  We urge those who would promote racial hatred or disrespect to reconsider their actions.

R.E.A.L. has challenged the American Renaissance and its group’s views on minority races, and urged them to reconsider their views.  After receiving repeated threatening statements from supporters of American Renaissance, R.E.A.L.’s leader Jeffrey Imm chose to make a public statement on February 16 by himself.

R.E.A.L.’s position is the same as it was when we first approached American Renaissance as it is today.

We urge those with racial hatred in their hearts, to drop the burden of hate from their hearts.

Our message has consistently been not only to reject hate, but also to offer an alternative based on our universal human rights.  To those who hate their fellow human beings, remember that our universal human rights are also your universal human rights.  We challenge hate and we promote human rights, not just for us, but also for you.

We don’t offer you an upraised fist, but an outstretched hand and an invitation to…

Choose Love – Not Hate.  Love Wins.