Hotels Pull Up the Welcome Mat for Gathering of Academic Bigots

This past weekend, a scaled-back American Renaissance Conference was held at an undisclosed location in suburban Washington, D.C. The gathering of academic racists had abruptly been called off one day before the meeting was to take place when the hotel that had agreed to hold the conference canceled the contract. Three other hotels in the area had previously declined to host the conference.

This was the ninth biannual conference held by the white-supremacist New Century Foundation led by Yale University graduate Jared Taylor. In the past, speakers have included Nick Griffin, chair of the British Nationalist Party, former KKK grand wizard David Duke, J. Philippe Rushton, president of the Pioneer Fund, a group supporting research trying to prove black intellectual inferiority, and racist City College professor Michael Levin.