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Charlotte rally to protest white supremecy
Forum response to American Renaissance meeting
 
Published Monday, January 31, 2011 12:38 pm
by Herbert L. White

Opponents of a white nationalist conference scheduled for Charlotte will meet here this weekend.

A rally protesting American Renaissance’s Feb. 4-6 convention will meet Feb. 5 at Marshall Park from 10-11:30 a.m. A community forum will be held at West Boulevard Library, 2157 West Blvd., from 1-2:30 p.m. The forum will include Leonard Zeskind, president of the Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights and author of “Blood and Politics: The History of the White Nationalist Movement from the Margins to the Mainstream.”

American Renaissance, a newsletter published by Jared Taylor, has been accused of arguing that non-whites are genetically and morally inferior. The publication has hosted biannual conferences for subscribers and supporters.  Former Ku Klux Klan members David Duke and Don Black of the neo-Nazi website Stormfront have attended. 

American Renaissance was unable to hold a conference in February 2010 when hotels in Washington, D.C., canceled contracts with the publication.  The Sheraton Airport-Charlotte was booked by American Renaissance using the name New Century Foundation. The hotel canceled its contract due to safety concerns. 

The Durham-based Southern Anti-Racism Network is coordinating activities to protest American Renaissance’s use of Charlotte as a conference site. Organizations opposing the conference include Independent Progressive Politics Network, Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights, New South Network of War Resisters, North Carolina Green Party, One People's Project, South Carolina AFL-CIO and South Carolina Progressive Network. 

"I hope Charlotte hotels will continue to decline hosting AmRen and the hate groups it attracts said George Friday of the Independent Progressive Politics Network. “Given that Charlotte is under consideration for a major convention, hotels should not risk a golden opportunity for the likes of American Renaissance."

The rally and forum organizers have pledged "all apparel, signs, speech and printed materials will be free of violent rhetoric" at both sites.

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