The racist journal and website, American Renaissance, won’t be able to check-in to Charlotte.
This week, the Sheraton Hotel in Charlotte, NC canceled the groups reservation for its national conference scheduled for next month.
American Renaissance, a publication and website run by white supremacist organization New Century Foundation, had reserved 100 rooms for a conference that would focus on how white people can come to the defense of Western Civilization from non-white peoples.
In its statement, the Sheraton Hotel explained that once it learned the details of the conference, the hotel declined the American Renaissances reservation out of concern for the safety of its guests.
According to the Charlotte Observer, Charlotte City Council member Patrick Cannon sent e-mails to the hotel alerting them to the nature of the conference. In addition, many anti-racist groups were planning to protest the event.
American Renaissance is labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The publication promotes the idea that there are differences in intelligence between blacks and whites. The magazine publishes articles on racial eugenics, the belief that the white race is genetically superior to other races.
The leader of the organization, Jared Taylor, wrote, “Blacks and whites are different. When blacks are left entirely to their own devices, Western civilization - any kind of civilization - disappears.”
American Renaissance has been supported by former KKK leader David Duke and although Taylor personally avoids using anti-Semitic arguments, the group has hosted anti-Semitic leaders at its conferences.
American Renaissance claims that the first amendment rights of the group were violated when its reservation was canceled, but the Sheraton hotel made the right decision.
Even though this group is free to voice its hateful views through its writings and rallies, that does not mean the hotels in our city are obligated to sponsor a conference of hate.
But the struggle isn’t over.
American Renaissance is seeking another location for its conference.
As we prepare for the days ahead, this week gives us hope. When the community speaks, change can happen.