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At I encounter an article lengthily titled, America’s virulent racists: The sick ideas and perverted “science” of the American Renaissance, and published in book for by Harvard University Press. The burden of the piece is that American Renaissance and its honcho, Jared Taylor, are “Hitlerian,” “anti-Semitic,” and hold “extremist views.” These are grave accusations, implying among other things a desire to kill all Jews, Gypsies, Slavs, and so on. I found this interesting.

Several years ago I received an email from Jared Taylor, who apparently read my column,, asking me to address AmRen’s annual conference to talk about Mexico and Latin America. I knew little of AmRen at the time except that it was said to be venomously racist.

I accepted. I thought it would be interesting to see such a group, and reasoned that telling them the truth as I knew it of Latins could hardly be pernicious no matter who they were.

On arriving at the conference site, a hotel near Washington, D.C.’s Dulles Airport, from my home in Guadalajara, I looked for Jared, wondering what he would be like. I knew a little. I had learned that he grew up in Japan, had attended Japanese schools, and thus spoke perfect Japanese. He had also picked up an advanced degree in a French university, and spoke good French. Whatever he was, he wasn’t stupid.

He proved to be a courtly man, slim, and in perhaps his late fifties. We chatted briefly, he being busy running the convention. I asked him what topics he wanted me to address. “Anything you like, as long as it’s about Latin America.” That was the limit of his guidance. Given that I live in Mexico, have a Mexican wife, and speak Spanish in the home, he can hardly have expected a denunciation of Latins.

I then set out to see what manner of wights the conventioneers might be. I had learned that members of AmRen were opposed to massive immigration from the south, believed blacks and Hispanics to be of lower average intelligence that whites, were alarmed at high rates of crime by blacks and Hispanics, believed that American policies were a failure, opposed compulsory integration, and wanted to preserve white European culture.

Why these were described as extremist or ideas of the fringe eluded me. Huge numbers of Americans opposed immigration, large numbers all through society agreed quietly as to the intelligence of blacks, much of the population quite liked white European culture, few thought racial policy a rousing success, and it was obvious from housing patterns that people usually liked living among their own. While one might disagree with any or all of these ideas, they were in the main stream of American thought. They simply were not favored by the dominant elites.

I found the attendees to be well-dressed, well-spoken, and well-educated, with name tags affixed to their jackets in the standard manner of conventions. As I remember they ran to middle-aged or older and, though certainly with exceptions, middle class, civil, and leaning toward dweebish. They seemed more worried than hostile. A society they valued was, at least as they saw it, being overrun by alien peoples.

The white supremacist label puzzled me. I didn’t know what one was. Was it someone who wanted to rule over non-whites?Or someone who thought whites superior to all other races? Neither fit. It quickly became evident that these people did not want to rule over anyone. They wanted to be left alone. Nor did they seem obsessed with racial superiority. As a group they tended to accept the validity of IQ testing, which in intelligence puts humanity in the order Ashkenazi Jews, North Asians, Caucasians, Hispanics, American blacks, African blacks. While one may question this, it was hard for me to see how people who regarded whites as intellectually inferior to North Asians could quite be called white supremacists. Jared, as I would later learn, had often and on the record expressed his belief in the superiority of North Asians.

I gave my address, telling the assembled that not all was darkness south of the Rio Bravo. While I didn’t think unrestricted immigration a good idea, I said, there were nonetheless in Latin America modern countries that successfully operated airlines and telecommunications services, built commercial airliners (Embraer of Brazil) had first-rate thinkers and writers, and so on. I either said or implied—this was years ago—that these facts were not consistent with the low intelligence attributed to southern countries. The audience received this civilly, though it was not what they had expected to hear.

And that was that. No Nazi salutes, swastikas, KKK banners, exterminationst talk. No mention of Jews at all. Of whom there were a fair few in the group. Whatever the AmRenners were, Brown Shirts they were not. A convention of dentists would have been more exciting.

All of this fit poorly with Professor Sussman’s vituperation.

The next time I saw Jared was about a month ago, when I was in Washington for a high-school reunion. He invited me and my (again, Mexican) wife, Violeta Gonzalez, to dinner at his home in the Virginia suburbs. We accepted.

From the standpoint of the anthropology of extremism, the evening was a failure. His wife and adolescent daughter were gracious and hospitable and spoke sometimes in English, sometimes in French. We talked mostly of linguistics, in which all had an interest, and Jared and I of military history, which he knows particularly from side of the Japanese, whom he admires.

One thing he categorically is not is anti-Jewish. I have known a few serious anti-Semites. They are obsessive, constantly launching into the dammed Jews this, and the Jews that, and who do the Jews think they are, etc. Jared does not. This is not surprising. He is a proponent of white European civilization, to which Jews have been major contributors.

There you have Jared Taylor and American Renaissance as I have known them. Perhaps they engage in human sacrifice in some secret cave. If so, I am unaware of it.

Yet here we have Professor Sussman, who obviously did little research, writing in Salon of AmRen: “when a group publishes a journal and holds conferences preaching pro-Nazi, anti-Semitic, xenophobic, and racial hatred and glorifies such hatemongers as Adolf Hitler, Jesse Helms, and David Duke …”

How is that again? The archives of American Renaissance are online, and video disks of its conferences are for sale to anyone who wants them. If Professor Sussman will send me a link to a glorification of Hitler by Jared, or to evidence of his pro-Nazism, I will apologize to the professor, and sever relations with Jared. I wait.

It is one thing to disagree, however forcefully, with a man’s opinions, as in fact I disagree with some of Jared’s views. It is quite another to engage in fabrication, as if I were to describe Mr. Sussman as a homosexual child-molester. His descriptions of Jared are highly defamatory if he cannot back them up, damaging to a man who makes his living as a translator in legal transactions between Japanese and American firms and, to the best of my considerable knowledge, utterly false.

Methinks Professor Sussman is simply lying. Otherwise he is just stringing together every hostile epithet he can think of. He displays actual malice toward Jared as distinct from a difference of opinion, and a reckless disregard of truth that should embarrass a cub reporter on a small-town newspaper.

If I had submitted the Salon piece to a desk editor at any of the publications for which I used to write—for example, the Washington Times, Washington Post, Harper’s, Playboy, or Army Times—the editor would have bounced it, and very likely told me to leave and not come back. His first question would have been, “You did talk to Taylor to get his side of this…didn’t you?” He then would have continued, “Your source for this is?…and for this?…and this?…and this?” Newspapers have a keen instinct for self-preservation, and libel suits can be very expensive. Professors might reflect on this.

(Republished from Fred on Everything by permission of author or representative)
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  1. Priss Factor [AKA "Andrea Ostrov Letania"] says:

    Sussman is a vile Jew and most Jews–even Neocons, as they pressured Heritage Foundation to purge Jason Richwine–agree with Sussman.

    Amren is reviled by both Democratic Jews and Republican Jews(most of them). Jews, Democratic and Republican, also say Putin is Hitler and vilify Russians at every turn.

    Sure, there are decent Jews, but Jews as a people are vile, venomous, and hateful a**holes.
    It’s about time we embraced anti-Jewism in the way that Jews have embraced anti-white-ism.
    Jews as a people make me sick–just like Germans and Japanese as a people made the world sick during WWII.

    As long as the Jewish War on Whites rages, we should look upon Jews as we did Germans and Japanese during WWII. They are the mortal enemy.

  2. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    a fine article. i corresponded by email with mr taylor and read his book ‘white identity’. he is a white supremacist only in the minds of hateful soviet liberals and suicidal ‘professors’ who are tolerant of every deviancy i can think of.

    greetings from beirut, lebanon


  3. Sent the following email to Sussman today:

    Dear “Dr. Suss”:

    If you can write “The Myth of Race”
    Then I should tell you to your face
    Your Joseph Campbell needs review
    Or, just perhaps, initial view.
    But sliming Taylor’s your mistake:
    Now Reed’s exposed you as a fake.
    But your career shall cruise along:
    Kids won’t read Reed to learn you’re wrong.
    No coeds and no lemurs guess
    Their naked doctor hath no dress.

  4. CLICKBAIT: Like so many Salon pieces this has become clickbait. Don’t go there. Others have already refuted Sussman in the comments. Readers open to reason have been warned about Sussman already. If you bother going to Salon at this point you are just supporting Sussman and others like him

  5. Great piece…thanks for the warning on the Sussman piece. I’ll stay away.

  6. Frankie says:

    Mr. Reed,

    I greatly enjoy reading your articles, and have read through much of your archives.

    However, I am genuinely puzzled by your stance on Jews in the West. For instance, in your article about Tim Wise, you did not think it relevant that he is Jewish, in that he does not consider himself to be among those so-called “privileged” whites he so loathes?

    Not all Jews are anti-white as this very website shows, but I don’t think it is controversial to suggest that the radical Jewish left, particularly Ashkenazi from Eastern Europe, has been a leading, if not the leading voice of the anti-white movement of the past fifty years.

    The best writer on Jews today that I know of is Luke Ford, moreso than Kevin Macdonald. Ford is a convert into Orthodox Judaism, and his written extensively on the topic of anti-whiteism among leftist Jews. For instance, the consensus of organized Jewry in favor of amnesty. I know you’ll argue that Gentile elites support amnesty too, but those are economic elites, not cultural elites. There’s a difference between supporting cheap labor as a multinational corporation, and supporting race replacement of an ethnic rival as the Jewish Family & Children’s Service (Pittsburgh, PA). There is a transcript available of Stephen Steinlight’s address to a Jewish audience about immigration, and it’s truly vile.

    Mr. Reed, I am certain that you have more experience around Jews in elite journalism and politics than I do, but the prominence of Jews in the anti-white movement, and their near media monopoly* in controlling public discourse on race and immigration, deserves further discussion than dismissal as “anti-semitism”.

    * Sailer has documented the dominance of Jews among America’s most influential writers. I can dig up the link if you would like.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  7. Jeff T. says:

    The major names in the pro-white (or anti-antiwhite I’ve heard as well) movement like Taylor, Macdonald, etc. haven’t proven effective in mounting a successful counterattack.
    America wasn’t taken over by dispassionate essays, it was taken over by memes and emotionally loaded attack words: Racist! Supremacist! Nazi! None of these guys know meme warfare. Textbooks are useful in the classroom, but not in the battlefield, and they get creamed.

    Fred, have you heard of BUGS, the creators of the “anti-racist is code for anti-white” and associated memes? They created the “anti-racist Hitler” video. Those guys seem to have greater success in influencing the narrative, and in a much shorter timespan as well.
    It’s noteworthy that Tim Wise won’t debate BUGS, but he is willing to debate Taylor, perhaps because Taylor is seen as an easier target. The BUGS mantra is solid and hard to crack.

    If you like the message, maybe you could use the terminology in your writing, to increase the spread of the message?

  8. Bliss says:

    As a group they tended to accept the validity of IQ testing, which in intelligence puts humanity in the order Ashkenazi Jews, North Asians, Caucasians, Hispanics, American blacks, African blacks.

    That means that as a group they are either dishonest, irrational, or in denial. For their Bible, the Bell Curve, finds that black americans have the same IQ as caucasian middle-easterners. And hispanics are found to have higher IQs than middle-eastern caucasians. And all of them have higher IQs than south asians, who are also classified as caucasians in their crackpot race theories.

    So how the heck do they rank caucasians as a group above hispanics and african-americans?

    • Replies: @TWS
  9. TWS says:

    Don’t be deliberately obtuse. You know Reed was referring to Europeans, more explicitly Americans of (mostly) Northern European descent. You’re not being remotely clever or even fooling anyone but yourself.

    Troll factor 3 out of 10. You need to up your ‘troll game’.

    • Replies: @Bliss
  10. Frankie says:

    Mr. Reed, are you the Unz commenter Fred, FredR, or neither?
    If you are Fred, I retract my question. I see you’ve talked about antigentilism in Israel and among the Foxmans of the world, and perhaps you answered my question in prior comments which I haven’t yet read.
    Still, I’m sure you knew someone would inevitably bring Sussman’s Jewishness and the media in general into the discussion, and so perhaps a brief clarification on your part, or a reference to a prior article or comment, may be helpful.

  11. Bliss says:

    . You know Reed was referring to Europeans, more explicitly Americans of (mostly) Northern European descent

    So to you caucasian means Americans of (mostly) Northern European descent? Can you show us where you learned that nordicist nonsense?

    Then what are middle-easterners and southern europeans in your racial classification system?

    • Replies: @Vendetta
    , @TWS
  12. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Tim Wise is not Jewish, he is of one-fourth Jewish ancestry. There is a difference.

    • Replies: @Frankie
  13. Frankie says:

    Knock it off. You’re going for the one point you think you have a chance at, and hoping it casts doubt over the other points by association. TUJ pulls this kind of transparent nonsense all the time. You’re wrong about Wise, but even if you were right, it would not make people forget the examples you ignore like Foxman, Spectre and Steinlight.

    I’m not interested in debating Jews, I’m interested in Mr. Reed’s opinion on the topic, given that his experience in elite media and politics is greater than my own.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  14. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Then you should send Mr. Reed an email. I don’t think that he responds to commenters on this website, and his personal site doesn’t allow comments.

  15. TWS says:

    I can see reading comprehension is not your strong suit. I told you that was what Reed was referring to not what I believe.

    Up your game or get out troll. You just doubled down on either your stupidity or cupidity, take your pick. Or maybe English isn’t your first language.

    Troll factor 2 out of 10 you’re actually getting worse at trolling.

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