Protests Force Former Congressman to Cancel Lecture at UNC

Protest Forces Tancredo Off Stage

Back in 2006, protestors at Michigan State University (MSU) confronted racist Congressman Tom Tancredo and disrupted his speech by chanting. In the aftermath, conservatives took to the airwaves claiming that Tancredo was the victim of violence.

Tancredo received a similar welcome earlier this week at the University of North Carolina (UNC):

Before the event, campus security removed two women who delayed Tancredo’s speech by stretching a 12-foot banner across the front of the classroom. It read, “No dialogue with hate.”

Police escorted the women into the hallway, amid more than 30 protesters who clashed with the officers trying to keep them out of the overcrowded classroom. After police released pepper spray and threatened the crowd with a Taser, the protesters gathered outside Bingham Hall.

The protesters relented, and Tancredo began to speak, describing failed state and federal legislation aimed at providing in-state tuition benefits for undocumented immigrants.

Two women stretched out another banner, first along one of the aisles and then right in front of Tancredo. Tancredo grabbed the middle of the banner and tried to pull it away from one of the girls. “You don’t want to hear what I have to say because you don’t agree with me,” he said.

The sound of breaking glass from behind a window shade interrupted the tug-of-war.

Tancredo was escorted from the room by campus police.

Event Follows Similar Script Tancredo’s Michigan State University Appearence

The event was surprisingly similar to Tancredo’s appearance at MSU in 2006. Like that event, the speech was organized by a student group that endorses racism and white supremacy under the guise of opposing “multiculturalism.” In this case, it was a group called “Youth for Western Civilization” a nationwide group that opposes undocumented immigration, multiculturalism, and affirmative action.

Of the group, its president said:

“This is an organization that seeks to promote Western civilization,” Matheson said at the event. “We believe that our civilization is under attack from liberal forces.”

Matheson said his organization supports people from every race participating in Western civilization, but that they must be properly assimilated to American culture first.

At Michigan State University, it was Young Americans for Freedom who organized Tancredo’s speech.

Tactically, the appearances were similar: the rightwing student group brought a controversial speaker to campus to provoke “violence” from leftist student groups, put members of their group in the crowd with video cameras to capture images of the “violence,” and then went on the news to denounce the left.

Those who have been following this blog for the past few years will remember that Young Americans for Freedom at MSU brought in a string of racist speakers–Chris Simcox, Nick Griffin, and Jared Taylor. The organization was later dubbed “a hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. However, every time we saw the same thing–invite a speaker with the hopes of provoking a confrontation and then use that in an attempt to gain more support for their cause.

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YAF Blog Reportedly Shutting Down

A blog operated by the Michigan State University chapter of Young Americans for Freedom is reportedly shutting down in the next few days, according to a post made over the weekend. The blog has acted as a conduit for the hate group’s views.

The blog of Michigan State University’s (MSU) chapter of Young Americans for Freedom (YAF)–a group known for bringing racist speakers to MSU–is shutting down according to a recent post.

The blog post says that the blog will be taken offline in the next few days:

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The sites that readers are referred to are indicative of why YAF has been dubbed a “hate group.” This includes the Council of Conservative Citizens, a racist group that is active in Michigan, the British National Party (BNP), a British fascist group, the American Renaissance (a racist publication), and the John Birch Society, a longstanding far right group in the US. He also suggests people visit lesser known rightwing publications such as Chronicles Magazine, Taki’s Magazine, and Tradition, Family, and Property. Bristow also links to Pat Buchanan, a prominent rightwing politician who has turned towards white nationalism in recent years, as well as a blogger who goes by Paul J. Borowicz and claims to be from Michigan. Borowicz has described a Michigan Ku Klux Klan member’s protesting Obama’s election as “courageous.”

The YAF blog also recently began using a symbol–an odal rune–in its masthead that is often used by the racist right:

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The Anti-Defamation League’s database of racist symbols includes a symbol very similar to the YAF blog header:

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“Nazi Germany glorified an idealized “Aryan/Norse” heritage, consequently extremists have appropriated many symbols from pre-Christian Europe for their own uses. They give such symbols a racist significance, even though the symbols did not originally have such meaning and are often used by nonracists today, especially practitioners of modern pagan religions”

In response to an article about this by YAF Watch, YAF member Kyle Bristow claimed that the ribbon was in reality a “Support the Troops” ribbon. YAF Watch has noted that “Support the Troops” ribbons are typical rounded on the top. Moreover, the Youth branch of the British National Party used the symbol for a while. Bristow is presumably sympathetic to the BNP’s views, as he links to them and brought BNP leader Nick Griffin to MSU to speak.

Expose of Skinhead that Worked with MSU-YAF

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s most recent issue of their Intelligence Project magazine contains a lengthy expose of Preston Wiginton, a skinhead who worked with Michigan State University’s chapter of Young Americans for Freedom to organize a talk by British fascist Nick Griffin in the fall of 2007. The magazine reports that Wiginton has been active in organizing “international connections between anti-immigration extremists and white supremacists.” According to the article, Wiginton “has become the most dynamic American far-right extremist making waves abroad other than David Duke, who Wiginton calls a good friend and claims to speak with twice a week.” Nick Griffin’s speech at MSU–which was attended by racist organizers–is just one example of Wiginton’s work on behalf of the racist right.

Response to Kyle Bristow Regarding Lansing Neo-Nazi Event

Earlier this week, Kyle Bristow–former chair and current member of Michigan State University’s Young Americans for Freedom–cited seven alleged errors in Mediamouse.org’s reporting on his involvement in a talk by the Canadian neo-Nazi Paul Fromm.

On Monday, Kyle Bristow, the former chair of Michigan State University’s (MSU) chapter of Young Americans for Freedom (YAF), posted a comment on the website YAF Watch in which he outlined seven alleged errors in an article that Mediamouse.org wrote about his involvement in a recent talk by Canadian neo-Nazi Paul Fromm in Lansing. Bristow, writing under the name “Godfrey de Bouillon” (a participant in the crusades whom Bristow appears to idolize as one who fought against Islam), wrote “That article on MediaMouse.org is based on lies.”

However, going through each of his points raises questions about the accuracy of Bristow’s statements and also offers an opportunity to provide useful information to our readers.

First, Bristow claimed that:

“1. The event was not cancelled. It was held at another location, which was the original intent once we found out that leftists would try to shut down the private event. The Cadillac Club was used only as a staging point.”

This may be a debate about semantics and word choice. The event, which was announced by Bristow back on March 9 as being at the Cadillac Club, was eventually cancelled due to pressure from Michigan Against White Supremacy. The original intent was to hold it at the Cadillac Club and it was always promoted as being there beforehand. The event may have been held elsewhere–indeed that we have heard reports that it was–but for all practical purposes the event as planned was cancelled.

“2. The claim that I [Bristow] planned the event because I told people about it via Facebook is asinine. Did I also plan the Michigan Republican Convention because I told people about that event via Facebook, too?”

Bristow was clearly involved in organizing the event–he did more than just send out messages via Facebook. He was scheduled to speak at the Paul Fromm event and he asks people who want to attend to email him at KyleBristow@gmail.com. Moreover, in the message posted below, it is worth noting that he says John Mangopoulos is “hosting” Jared Taylor, no such language is used for the Fromm event:

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On April 10, he again said that he was giving a presentation with Paul Fromm and posted details about expenses that seem to indicate knowledge of the expenses associated with the event:

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If Bristow really did not organize the event, he should tell us who did.

“3. The MSU-YAF contingent at the event was more than just Ogonowski and I. You would be surprised with the number of members we have gained since the Walid Shoebat event, which occurred without left-wing scum trying to shout the speaker down. Ever since we began to have our meetings off campus, where the leftists can’t track us, things have been going much better. Recruitment and funding are both through the roof.”

We only reported that Bristow and Ogonowski attended because that was the information we had via YAF Watch. The fact that he admits that more members of MSU-YAF attended makes a clear argument that MSU-YAF is indeed a “hate group” that is increasingly favoring racist ideologies.

“4. Evan Thomas, Evan Kuettner, or Evan Cutner (as maws.wordpress.com called him) is not a real person. He is as real as Santa Claus. The picture used on MediaMouse.org is of some guy with a cell phone whom I do not personally know, but did attend the Nick Griffin event.”

To be sure, we do not know if “Evan Thomas” is the real name of the person that Bristow references. We do know that it is the name most often used by a racist organizer who posts using the name “David Starr Jordan” on the white supremacist website Stormfront.org.” Evan Thomas has been a racist organizer since he was a teenager:

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Bristow is right that Evan Thomas attended the Nick Griffin speech, Mediamouse.org wrote about how he attended with other members of Stormfront.org. However, it is interesting that Bristow says he does not know him. In posts on Stormfront.org, one of the attendees said that they ate dinner with Nick Griffin and Evan Thomas following the lecture. Considering that Griffin left with Bristow, it seems reasonable to assume that Bristow was at this dinner if it happened:

“5. The event had nothing to do with racism, white supremacy, or any variation of what is called racialism. It was only about free speech, and believe it or not, liberal / Marxist college professors from UM and WMU were present for the event. Whites even made up a minority of the people in attendance for the speeches!”

The event had everything to do with racism. Paul Fromm is a neo-Nazi. While we cannot verify its accuracy, someone who posted a comment on Mediamouse.org from the Courtyard by Mariott Hotel in Lansing claiming that the speech happened said “Paul Fromm spoke a marvelous piece about the demographic changes threat to western civilization.” Based Fromm’s previous comments, “demographic changes” should be read as “immigration” by people of color which he opposes. It’s also intersting that “liberal / Marxist” individuals would be in attendence since Bristow specifically said that the event was being kept private to keep out leftists and the media.

“6. Nick Griffin is not a “fascist.” He is no different than Pat Buchanan, Tom Tancredo, Geert Wilders, or any other conservative with nationalistic leanings. A “fascist,” as defined by Mussolini, is someone who promotes corporatism. The true contemporary fascists are the ones who advocate for the warfare / welfare state (i.e., neoconservatives).”

Nick Griffin, and the British National Party (BNP) of which he is a part, is fascist. Bristow’s definition of fascism as simply “corporatism” is incredibly simplistic. Even the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines fascism in a more nuanced manner as:

“a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition”

Those who write about rightwing movements acknowledge that fascism is a complex ideology that borrows components from Marixsm, liberalism, and conservatism while simultaneously being hostile to all three. Writing for the Political Research Associates, Matthew Lyons describes fascism as:

“a form of extreme right-wing ideology that celebrates the nation or the race as an organic community transcending all other loyalties. It emphasizes a myth of national or racial rebirth after a period of decline or destruction. To this end, fascism calls for a “spiritual revolution” against signs of moral decay such as individualism and materialism, and seeks to purge “alien” forces and groups that threaten the organic community. Fascism tends to celebrate masculinity, youth, mystical unity, and the regenerative power of violence. Often, but not always, it promotes racial superiority doctrines, ethnic persecution, imperialist expansion, and genocide. At the same time, fascists may embrace a form of internationalism based on either racial or ideological solidarity across national boundaries. Usually fascism espouses open male supremacy, though sometimes it may also promote female solidarity and new opportunities for women of the privileged nation or race.”

To this end, both Nick Griffin and the party he leads (the BNP) are fascist. The founder of the party, John Tyndall, and Nick Griffin both got their start in fascist politics in the 1970s as part of the National Front. Searchlight Magazine describes the BNP’s ideology:

“The BNP’s racism is its most public expression of bigotry. However, what distinguishes the BNP as a fascist organisation is its fusion of nationalism, anti-communism, anti-rationality and crucially antisemitism and racism. The fact that its entire world view is refracted through the prism of antisemitism and race distinguishes it from all legitimate political parties. Yes, the other political parties have racists in them, they even pass racist immigration laws, but they don’t reduce everything to race. This was the Nazi contribution to European fascism – where race is all. This makes the BNP not only a fascist party but a nazi one.”

Nick Griffin has lead an effort to “mainstream” the BNP while at the same time the Party continues to refine its fascist ideology. While the language may be slightly toned down, it still campaigns on racist platforms and holds the same racist positions.

“7. Jared Taylor is not a “white supremacist.” He is married to a Jewish woman, and in his book “Paved With Good Intentions,” he ridiculed racist groups like the Ku Klux Klan by writing:

“A look beneath the white sheets of the Ku Klux Klan does not reveal college professors and bank presidents but high-school dropouts and gas station attendants. Is this minuscule band of losers supposed to be capable of oppressing an entire race? Are they the people who set the tone for America?””

Jared Taylor is a white supremacist. Mediamouse.org wrote at length about Taylor’s racism back in December of last year. While it is true that Taylor is not an anti-Semite, the fact that he is “married to a Jewish woman” does nothing to prove that he is not a white supremacist. Similarly, his rejection of the Ku Klux Klan does not prove that he is not a racist. Taylor and his American Renaissance newspaper use statistics–often selectively excerpted or cited–to try to “prove” differences between races. Taylor has also regularly spoken at events organized by white supremacists and has links to the larger white supremacist movement in the United States.

MSU YAF Member Played Key Role in Organizing Neo-Nazi Visit

Kyle Bristow, a controversial student activist at Michigan State University and a former chair person of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) chapter, was actively involved in organizing a recent speaking engagement by Canadian neo-Nazi Paul Fromm.

Last week Friday, Mediamouse.org reprinted an announcement from Michigan Against White Supremacy indicating that Canadian neo-Nazi Paul Fromm would be speaking in Lansing. When the announcement was made, Michigan Against White Supremacy said it believed that Kyle Bristow, a current member and former chair of Michigan State University’s Young Americans for Freedom (YAF), and Evan Thomas, an active white supremacist in Michigan, had organized Fromm’s visit.

A post by YAF-Watch, a blog tracking Michigan State’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter, confirmed that Kyle Bristow was there, along with the current chair of MSU YAF, Matt Ogonowski. Photos submitted to Mediamouse.org also show Bristow in attendance:

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However, Bristow did far more than just attend the event–he actively organized it. Messages from Facebook–an online social networking website–show Bristow had an active role in organizing the event. A message from Bristow submitted to Mediamouse.org said “Don’t tell anyone, but there are two private events that are going to be in the Lansing area that I wanted to let you know about. The first will occur on April 12. Paul Fromm will be speaking (along with me!) on the issue of how right-wingers can build a movement.” Bristow later wrote “It is a word-of-mouth kind of thing only. We don’t want the leftists knowing about them.”

Bristow appears to have collaborated on the event with Evan Thomas, a white supremacist in Michigan. Back in October of 2007, Mediamouse.org reported that Evan Thomas attended a YAF event and reportedly ate dinner with the featured speaker, Nick Griffin, afterwards. In addition to organizing speaking engagements for a variety of racist organizations here in Michigan, Thomas has been active on the national level, speaking at racist gatherings and even providing musical entertainment (he is apparently an accomplished musician and has played at events organized by the white supremacist National Coalition). Thomas–who made the reservations under the name “Evan Kuettner”–is pictured here outside of the canceled Paul Fromm speaking engagement:

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Essentially, the Paul Fromm event–while cancelled due to the efforts of Michigan Against White Supremacy–shows that Kyle Bristow has firmly aligned himself with the racist movement and has collaborated with a Michigan white supremacist to co-organize an event. He even took the usual approach of running the event as a “private meeting” and making no announcement of its public location. Of course, this should not be a surprise to anyone that has followed Bristow and Young Americans for Freedom over the past several months. The organization brought Nick Griffin, a British fascist, to Michigan State University as part of a speaking tour organized by a white supremacist and attempted to bring another prominent white supremacist, Jared Taylor, to the school.

Racist Paul Fromm Speaking in Lansing Tomorrow

Michigan Against White Supremacy has issued the following announcement indicating that prominent Canadian racist Paul Fromm will be speaking in Lansing tomorrow. The event is reportedly being organized by Kyle Bristow, the chair of Michigan State University’s (MSU) Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) and Evan Thomas. Thomas is a racist who has in the past attended an event organized by Bristow.

The Michigan Against White Supremacy announcement is printed below:

Saturday, April 12th, Neo-Nazi Paul Fromm will be speaking at the Cadillac Club in Lansing.

Fromm is major leader in the Canadian racist scene. Fromm has attended white supremacist meetings including one held to mark the anniversary of Adolf Hitler’s death; shouted “Scalp him!” at a meeting where a representative of the Native Canadian Centre was speaking; attended meetings and delivered speeches alongside well-known racists like American David Duke and Holocaust denier David Irving.

The Cadillac Club is owned by David Sheets, a Lansing businessman involved in local Republican politics. Sheets has been informed of who Paul Fromm is and has refused to cancel the event. Sheets has stated that “This event doesn’t effect him” and that “He doesn’t care if people know the event is happening at the Cadillac Club or not”. David Sheets has chosen to give white supremacists a venue for their bigotry and hate.

The Paul Fromm event will be a gathering of racists from around the state. Local racists Kyle Bristow and Evan Thomas (Cutner) are suspected of being involved in bringing Fromm to Lansing.

What You can do:

1. Picket the Cadillac Club and Paul Fromm:

Saturday April 12th

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Cadillac Club

1115 S Washington Ave

Lansing, MI 48910

2. Call the Cadillac Club and David Sheets demanding they cancel the event. Please do this between 11am and 3pm. Feel free to tell them what you think about local businesses that host white supremacist speakers.

Cadillac Club

(517) 853-1915

David Sheets’ office

(517) 371-2843

During these hard economic times when we should be uniting, Paul Fromm & David Sheets are dividing our community. Please join us in our opposition to Fromm’s Hate Speech and David Sheets’ complicity in that hatred. Help us send the message that hatred and bigotry have no place in our community.

In struggle,

Michigan Against White Supremacy

For more information on Paul Fromm:

Who is Paul Fromm

Background on Paul Fromm

SPLC article on Paul Fromm losing his teaching certificate

MSU Report on YAF, College Republican Discrimination Released

A report from the Michigan State University (MSU) Office for Inclusion & Intercultural Initiatives on allegations that two registered student organizations–Young Americans for Freedom (YAF) and the MSU College Republicans–violated the University’s Anti-Discrimination Policy is now available. The report examines allegations that the student organizations “engaged in a pattern of harassment and discrimination, before, after, and during three specific events on campus: (1) an April 2007 speech by Chris Simcox; (2) a November 2006 speech by Tom Tancredo, and a YAF sponsored event titled ‘Catch an Illegal Immigrant Day'” Additionally, the report investigated allegations that the organization’s faculty advisors were complicit and that the University’s police department engaged in “racial profiling” at the April 2007 speech by Chris Simcox.

The report found that the two organizations did not violate the University’s Anti-Discrimination Policy:

“…it is determined that the facts alleged by the complainants do not constitute harassment or discrimination in violation of the ADP. More specifically, the complaints that the two registered student organizations (YAF and College Republicans) engaged in a pattern of prohibited harassment and discrimination based on race, national origin, religion, political persuasion, gender identity and sexual orientation before, during, and after three events on campus is not supported by the evidence and the standards established and applicable case law and federal guidance used to analyze each of the claims brought by the complainants.”

Additionally, it determined that the University police did not discriminate against complainants at any of the events in question.

While the report determined that there were no violations of the University’s Anti-Discrimination Policy, it did say that the behavior of YAF and the College Republicans was “offensive, taunting, and very hurtful to the complainants.”

Hate Group List Includes 26 Groups in Michigan

The Southern Poverty Law Center has released its annual list of “hate groups” in the United States, identifying 888 active racist, fascist, and anti-Semitic groups across the country. Of the groups identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center, 26 are located in Michigan. With the exception of Ohio, Michigan has the largest number of hate groups in the Great Lakes region.

The Southern Poverty Law Center described a “hate group” as one that has “beliefs or practices that attack or malign an entire class of people, typically for their immutable characteristics.” They further add that:

“Hate group activities can include criminal acts, marches, rallies, speeches, meetings, leafleting or publishing. Websites appearing to be merely the work of a single individual, rather than the publication of a group, are not included in this list. Listing here does not imply a group advocates or engages in violence or other criminal activity.”

Over the past few years, several of these groups have been written about on Mediamouse.org, especially in our “Far Right in West Michigan” database. The groups located in West Michigan include:

* The Council of Conservative Citizens – Caledonia

* National Socialist Movement (NSM) located in Grand Rapids

* White Voices of America – Grand Haven

The rest of the groups listed include:

* American National Socialist Workers’ Party – Jackson

* American Nazi Party – Westland

* Brotherhood of Klans Knights Ku Klux Klan – Ironwood

* By Yahweh’s Design – Stevensville

* Charles Darwin Research Institute – Port Huron

* Nation of Islam – Detroit

* National Knights of the Ku Klux Klan

* National Socialist Aryan Order – Davison

* National Socialist Movement – Detroit

* Northern Hammerskins – Detroit

* NS Publications – Wyandotte

* United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan – Fraser

* Volksfront – Detroit

* Yahweh’s Truth – Essexville

* Young Americans for Freedom at Michigan State University – Lansing

In addition, there are various other groups that don’t have specific jurisdictions including the Imperial Klans of America, National Vanguard, the Romanian National Vanguard, and chapters of the National Socialist Movement.

Racist Speech at MSU was Cancelled due to Pressure from National Conservative Group

Michigan State University’s chapter of Young Americans for Freedom has announced that their planned speech by Jared Taylor–a prominent “scientific racist”–was cancelled due in part from pressures from the national Young Americans for Freedom organization.

Kyle Bristow, the former chair of Michigan State University’s Young Americans for Freedom (MSU-YAF), has written an article (appearing on the racist American Renaissance website) explaining why a planned speech by Jared Taylor–a prominent “scientific racist”–was unexpectedly cancelled. In it, Bristow explains that the national Young Americans for Freedom threatened to revoke the Michigan State University chapter’s charter if it hosted the talk:

“First, the National Young Americans for Freedom, which serves as the umbrella organization for all campus YAF chapters, threatened to revoke our YAF charter if the talk went forward. Chairman Erik Johnson’s excuse was that YAF does not officially recognize multi-culturalism as a threat to the United States….

National YAF was adamant: We were not to host Mr. Taylor. If we defied National YAF and sponsored the talk anyway, we would have lost our YAF charter and would no longer have been an official student organization with the right to host events on campus.”

Bristow also cited pressures from the University:

“We had scheduled Mr. Taylor’s talk for Wednesday, March 19. Suddenly, the university told us that date was impossible. It had been understood from the beginning that the talk would require police security, and the university claimed security would be possible at only one lecture hall–and that hall had become mysteriously unavailable that day.”

“On Thursday, February 21, the student government of Michigan State University approved a bill requesting the university to define the supposed difference between “hate speech” and free speech. This craven move resulted directly from the lectures my group has sponsored, and is intended stop speakers the leftists do not like. It is not certain whether the university will establish “hate speech” guidelines or how they would be implemented. In a sane world, the student government would be censuring people who violently disrupt meetings, but it instead wants to do the protesters’ work for them by preventing the meetings in the first place.”

He also cited the possibility that protestors would have disrupted the speech:

“The cancellation may well have spared Mr. Taylor a certain amount of unpleasantness. Many of our events have been violently disrupted by left-wing students…”

“I have no doubt that if Jared Taylor had spoken at MSU, he would have faced similar opposition and disruption. Various leftists including Students for a Democratic Society were already announcing plans to do everything possible to prevent Mr. Taylor from delivering his talk.”

Of course, Bristow’s letter was filled with his usual insults and racist statements. He again criticized La Raza and MEChA, charging that they have engaged in violence at past events sponsored by Young Americans for Freedom. Bristow concluded by stating that the protestors’:

“…brutish tactics reflect their brutish natures. They are the best possible demonstration of the very point Mr. Taylor had intended to make: that multi-culturalism is a serious threat to what is left of Western Civilization on this continent.”

Interestingly, Bristow says that he has passed the information on to “a local activist” who may arrange a speaking engagement for Jared Taylor:

“Mr. Taylor may yet come to Lansing, however. I have passed his name on to a local activist who arranges talks in the area, and I understand discussions about a possible lecture have already begun.”

Jared Taylor has spoken in Lansing before. In August of 2007, he spoke at a conference hosted by the Michigan Council of Conservative Citizens. That conference was organized with the help of “Evan Thomas,” a racist activist who attended the Nick Griffin speech that Young Americans for Freedom hosted in October of last year.

Jared Taylor Speech at MSU Cancelled

A planned speech by a prominent racist named Jared Taylor at MSU has been cancelled according to Young Americans for Freedom, the group that had sponsored the speech. It will reportedly move to an off-campus venue without the support of Young Americans for Freedom.

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Michigan State University’s (MSU) chapter of Young Americans for Freedom (MSU-YAF)–a rightwing student group that has been declared a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center–has cancelled a planned speech by Jared Taylor. Taylor, who is the editor of the American Renaissance newspaper, is a prominent racist who advances a form of “scientific racism” that argues that there are innate differences between races. Beyond that, Taylor has ties to various elements of the racist right.

A little over a week ago, the Taylor “event” was deleted from Facebook–a popular social networking website–by Young Americans for Freedom’s chairman Kyle Bristow. At the time, there was no explanation, but a post on Young American for Freedom’s blog indicates that the speech at Michigan State is cancelled and that Young Americans for Freedom is not sponsoring the event. MSU-YAF’s chairman Kyle Bristow wrote, “Though MSU-YAF is not officially hosting Jared Taylor as a speaker this semester, I did see to it that he will be able to speak at a location near MSU and be hosted by another organization (the show will go on!).”

While it is certainly good news that Taylor’s speech at MSU has been cancelled, it is worth remembering that Bristow has found another location for Taylor to speak in Michigan.

Finally, in related news, Taylor’s biannual American Renaissance conference in Washington DC was met by protests. According to reports on DC Indymedia, protestors were able to disrupt and interfere with Taylor’s gathering of racists. A report from the anti-racist website One People’s Project noted several prominent racists who were in attendance:

“Inside, noted individuals such as Holocaust denier Mark Weber, Croatian hatemonger Tomislav Sunic, who was at a meeting at the Sala Thai Restaurant in Arlington, VA earlier in the week, and Canadian fascist Paul Fromm, who now that he has been removed from his teaching position is promoting a fight against political correctness, stayed away from the fray. There were about 150 who attended the conference, some actually persons of color. Among them was Marcus Epstein, the Executive Director of Pat Buchanan’s organization the American Cause. The night before, neo-Nazi Bill White said he had attended the conference and he complained about their presence on his email list. He chose however, not to be around on Saturday, when the protesters came out.”

Additionally, One People’s Project has released a list containing the names and home states of some of the conference attendees. Nobody from Michigan is on the list.