Extremist Jared Taylor to speak at ASU

Well-known extremist and self-proclaimed “white lawyer” Jared Taylor is coming to the Valley next week to speak at Arizona State University.

The name of his next conference? “If We Do Nothing: A Defense of White Identity Politics.”

Taylor – dubbed the “academic racist” by the Anti-Defamation League and a white nationalist by the Southern Poverty Law Center – is the founder of American Renaissance, a blatantly racist and influential site. He is due to speak on Friday, September 2.

Taylor and his website have proclaimed “that white people, like all racial groups, have legitimate interests which must be defended”, but they do not claim the label of white supremacists. However, many of the publication’s recent blog posts, including “The Consistency of Black Misbehavior: Who Can Deny It?” and “Multiculturalism doesn’t work” – question that. Taylor did not respond to a request for Phoenix New Times tuesday.

His visit to the Tempe campus, announced on Monday, has already sparked a wave of backlash. Local left-wing organizations coordinated “flood the phone” campaigns to protest Taylor’s appearance.

ASU spokesman Jay Thorne said Taylor’s appearance did not come with a college endorsement.

“ASU permits registered student organizations to host guest speakers and use university facilities for student events. The presence of a guest speaker on campus does not imply endorsement by the university. “Thorne said in a statement. new times.

When Taylor visited Texas A&M University in 2012, he claimed in the ad for his speech that there were “continuing efforts to move white Texans to college,” according to an ADL blog post from the time. . This event also caused an outcry.

This time around, Taylor is being hosted by conservative student group College Republicans United. The organization is a splinter group of the university’s more moderate conservatives. He has a history of bringing polarizing — and often extremist — personalities to speak on campus. In January 2021, CRU welcomed Vincent James Foxx, a vlogger associated with white nationalists and other hate groups.

College Republicans United is no stranger to controversy. In 2019, new times published leaked conversations among students in the group, which included messages advocating a “eugenics policy”. Prior to this, the group’s founder, Rick Thomas, drew criticism on campus for his comments calling for the expulsion of Muslims.

Most recently, CRU actively raised funds for Kyle Rittenhouse, who was acquitted of charges relating to shooting three men and killing two in Kenosha, Wisconsin during civil unrest in August 2020. Rittenhouse briefly hoped to attend ASU.

Current CRU President Ren Ramsey did not respond to an email from new times solicit further comments.

The event flyer welcoming Jared Taylor.


“White people will be a despised minority”

Taylor announced her September event at ASU in a blog post on her website with little additional information about her conference topic. The title of the speech – “If We Do Nothing” is an apparent reference to a 1996 essay by Taylor of the same name.

“What we are witnessing is one of the great tragedies of human history,” he writes in the essay, using the rhetoric of the “grand replacement theory,” which argues that white people must prevent change. demographic and is common in white supremacist circles. “If we do nothing, the nation we leave to our children and grandchildren will be a sorry Third World failure, in which white people will be a despised minority.”

Tickets were originally available for purchase on Eventbrite, but the online ticketing platform removed the event and said it violated its terms of service, according to American Renaissance.

The event has been reposted on another more accommodating website. For now, tickets are still on sale.