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American Renaissance (AR or AmRen) is a monthly white supremacist online publication founded and edited by Jared Taylor.[1][2][3][4] It is published by the New Century Foundation, which describes itself as a "race-realist, white advocacy organization".[5][6] It has also been described as "alt-right" by The Guardian.[7]

American Renaissance
EditorJared Taylor
PublisherNew Century Foundation
First issueNovember 1990; 28 years ago (1990-11)
CountryUnited States



The magazine and the New Century Foundation were established by Jared Taylor; the first issue of American Renaissance was published in November 1990.[8]

Both the magazine and foundation, as well as Taylor have had links with organizations such as the Council of Conservative Citizens, the Pioneer Fund, and the British National Party. Former Grand Wizards of the Ku Klux Klan Don Black and David Duke have attended American Renaissance conferences and have been seen talking with Taylor.[9][10] The organization has held bi-annual conferences that attract neo-Nazis, white nationalists, white separatists, Holocaust deniers, and eugenicists.[11] Attendance at the conferences has varied; in February 2008, some 300 people attended.[10]


American Renaissance is a white supremacist publication.[1][2][12][13][14] On December 18, 2017, the accounts for the magazine and its editor Jared Taylor were suspended by Twitter.[15] Before the suspension the magazine's account had 32,800 followers.[16]

The publication promotes pseudoscientific notions "that attempt to demonstrate the intellectual and cultural superiority of whites and publishes articles on the supposed decline of American society because of integrationist social policies."[3]

Reception and controversy

Southern Poverty Law Center

American Renaissance and the New Century Foundation appear on a list of 115 "white nationalist hate groups" published in the Intelligence Report of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).[17]

Mark Potok, editor-in-chief of the Intelligence Report, has said that "Jared Taylor is the cultivated, cosmopolitan face of white supremacy. He is the guy who is providing the intellectual heft, in effect, to modern-day Klansmen." Taylor stated in a radio interview that "I've never been a member of the Klan. I've never known a person who is a member of the Klan." An article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said out that Taylor had at least met former Klansman David Duke at an American Renaissance conference, and sat with Don Black, a former Grand Wizard of the Klan, at Taylor's kitchen table.[9]

An article in the Intelliegence Report by Potok and Heidi Beirich, head of the SPLC's Intelligence Project stated that "American Renaissance has become increasingly important over the years, bringing a measure of intellectualism and seriousness to the typically thug-dominated world of white supremacy. Today, it may be the closest thing the extreme right has to a real think tank. Whether or not it survives, and in what form, genuinely matters."[18]

Anti-Defamation League

The American non-governmental organization Anti-Defamation League describes American Renaissance as a "white supremacist journal".[19] The ADL also writes that "Taylor eschews anti-Semitism. Seeing Jews as white, greatly influential and the 'conscience of society', Taylor rather seeks to partner with Jews who share his views on race and racial diversity" and "Jews have been speakers and/or participants at all eight American Renaissance conferences" although controversy followed accusations by David Duke, who was not a scheduled presenter, at the 2006 conference.[19]


American Renaissance has held conferences since 1994. Anti-racist activists were sometimes successful in persuading private hotels to cancel their reservations with American Renaissance.[20] In 2011, the publication planned to hold a three-day conference at a Sheraton Airport hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina. The hotel cancelled the group's booking amid plans by anti-racism activists and the Jewish Defense Organization to protest at the conference cite. The mayor pro tem of the city also reportedly contacted the hotel.[21]

Since 2012, the American Renaissance has held its conference held at Montgomery Bell State Park Inn in Burns, Tennessee, a state-owned site. Protests have often taken place outside the conference facilities.[20]

Alleged DHS memo regarding 2011 Tucson shooting

A document initially claimed to be a leaked Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memo alleged Jared Lee Loughner, the accused gunman in the 2011 Tucson shooting that wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and killed six bystanders, may have had ties to American Renaissance, which it called an "anti-ZOG (Zionist Occupational [sic] Government) and anti-semitic" group.[22][23] In an interview with Fox News, Jared Taylor denied the organization ever used the term "ZOG" and said Loughner had no connection to them.[22]

DHS officials the following day reported that "the department has not established any such possibility, undercutting what appears to be the primary basis for this claim". Furthermore, no such memo had been issued.[24]

Major David Denlinger, commander of the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center acknowledged that the document came from his agency, but contained errors. He said that he has no reason to believe that Loughner had any direct connection with or was being directed by American Renaissance.[25]

See also


  1. ^ a b Peter Holley (January 12, 2016). "Hear a white nationalist's robocall urging Iowa voters to back Trump". Washington Post.
  2. ^ a b Claire Groden (January 12, 2016). "White Supremacist Group Makes Pro-Trump Robocalls". Fortune.
  3. ^ a b "Jared Taylor/American Renaissance". Extremism in America. Anti-Defamation League. January 11, 2011.
  4. ^ Elspeth Reeve (April 11, 2012). "Racist Writers Are Right to Feel Threatened". The Atlantic Wire. The Atlantic.
  5. ^ "American Renaissance". 2011. Archived from the original on October 4, 2011.
  6. ^ "The Rise Of The "Alt-Right" Movement And Its Place In This Year's Presidential Campaign". The Diane Rehm Show. August 30, 2016.
  7. ^ "'The races are not equal': meet the alt-right leader in Clinton's campaign ad". The Guardian. August 26, 2016.
  8. ^ Leonard Zeskind (May 12, 2009). Blood and Politics: The History of the White Nationalist Movement from the Margins to the Mainstream. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. p. 370. ISBN 978-1-4299-5933-9. Retrieved November 28, 2015.
  9. ^ a b Roddy, Dennis (January 23, 2005). "Jared Taylor, a racist in the guise of 'expert'". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Archived from the original on 2011-06-29.
  10. ^ a b "Jared Taylor/American Renaissance" (PDF). Anti-Defamation League. 2013.
  11. ^ Dennis Roddy (January 30, 2005). "Weird Science". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  12. ^ "White nationalist group urges Iowans to vote Trump". CNN. 2016-01-11. Retrieved 2016-02-08. In the 50-second robocall, Johnson, along with Christian talk show host Ronald Tan and white supremacist magazine "American Renaissance" founder Jared Taylor, urges listeners to support Trump in the Iowa caucuses
  13. ^ Gelin, Martin (2014-11-13). "White Flight". Slate. Retrieved 2016-02-08.
  14. ^ Edelman, Adam (2016-01-11). "White nationalist group calling on Iowa to vote for Trump: 'We need smart, well-educated white people'". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2016-02-08.
  15. ^ Timberg, Craig; Tsukayama, Hayley (December 18, 2017). "'Twitter purge' suspends account of far-right leader who was retweeted by Trump". Washington Post.
  16. ^ Carbone, Christopher (December 20, 2017). "Twitter's purge of far-right accounts sparks backlash, praise and confusion". Fox News.
  17. ^ "Active Hate Groups In The United States In 2014". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  18. ^ Potok, Mark; Beirich, Heidi (Summer 2006). "Schism Over Anti-Semitism Divides Key White Nationalist Group, American Renaissance". Intelligence Report. Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved July 20, 2010.
  19. ^ a b "You are being redirected..." Archived from the original on 2013-10-02. Retrieved 2013-09-15.
  20. ^ a b Natalie Allison, Antifa, Anti-Racist Action among those protesting conference at Montgomery Bell Inn Saturday, USA Today Network - Tennessee (April 27, 2018).
  21. ^ Jim Morrill, White nationalist leader to discuss hotel cancellation, Charlotte Observer (Jan. 29, 2011).
  22. ^ a b Summers, Patrick (January 9, 2011). "American Renaissance Denies DHS Charges, Any Affiliation With Shooter". Fox Archived from the original on 2011-01-12. Retrieved January 9, 2011.
  23. ^ Jonsson, Patrik (January 9, 2011). "American Renaissance: Was Jared Lee Loughner tied to anti-immigrant group? A Department of Homeland Security memo suggests a 'possible link' between Jared Lee Loughner, the suspect in the attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and American Renaissance, an 'anti-government' journal". The Christian Science Monitor. Archived from the original on January 20, 2013.
  24. ^ "Official: DHS has not determined any possible ties between Arizona shooter and right wing group". The Washington Post.
  25. ^ Kenneth P. Vogel (January 11, 2011). "Loughner's supremacists tie debunked". Politico.

Further reading

  • "A Convocation of Bigots: The 1998 American Renaissance Conference". The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education (21): 120–124. Autumn 1998. JSTOR 2999023..

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