The stakes could not have been higher.
In short, this American Renaissance conference needed to succeed.
Over 250 people gathered at the beautiful inn at Montgomery Bell State Park to hear a diverse and exciting collection of speakers. Though antifa promised to “smash” the conference in the most violent terms, police officers and park rangers clearly learned from the mistakes of Charlottesville. Courteous and professional officers prevented antifa from engaging with attendees and there were no unfortunate confrontations of the sort which occurred last year. Those who remained inside the venue did not even see, let alone hear, the couple dozen protesters. Instead, the police and park rangers, through common sense policies and manpower, allowed both our guests and our opponents to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights in the best traditions of our country.
This conference showed a striking unity of theme throughout the weekend, as speaker after speaker emphasized the need to learn from the mistakes of the past and build on the incredible opportunities of the present. The foundations for a serious, sustainable, and ultimately successful movement were laid this past weekend in the Volunteer State.
In his introductory remarks Friday night, Jared Taylor referred to the “fire taking hold”—the increasing willingness of white people worldwide to finally take their own side and defend their own interests. Fresh from several speaking engagements in Europe, Mr. Taylor chronicled unprecedented progress for our movement globally. He admitted that for the first two decades of his career in white advocacy, he sometimes wondered if he had made a mistake. After all, he said reluctantly, it seemed like nothing was happening. However, the last five years have made it all worthwhile, as more and more high caliber people are awakening to their duty. Both our supporters and our adversaries sense something has been set in motion which cannot be stopped.
On Saturday morning, the conference began with a presentation by Professor Douglas Whitman of Illinois State University explaining the biological reality of race in his lecture “Amazing Racial Differences.” His presentation showcased the incredible diversity of different human populations around the world, showing how different groups evolve different biological characteristics in response to their environment.
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