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Building a better walker – Seacoastonline.com

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So far in the past three weeks, we have concentrated on discussing possible solutions to the problem of using walkers to climb up and down the stairs. In the regions where snow is expected in the winter, most houses are built with the entrance steps to raise the floor level above ground. Some houses have entrance stairs having as many as five or six steps, while most houses have two or three steps to enter through the front door. Obviously, the height of the stairs depends on the terrain the house is built on and the design to accommodate the house.

So far, I have gotten many requests from people who are mildly balance-impaired due to his/her age and/or some ailments who would like to be able to use their walkers to climb up or down the front stairs. This is a reasonable request from their viewpoint as they wish to be as independent in their life as possible without having to rely on someone else to assist them. One female reader wrote to say her daughter lives about 10 minutes away. But she feels bad to have to call her to get her to help in going outside and coming back in the house every time she wishes to breathe fresh air by walking outside.

We discussed three solutions back four weeks ago at the end of May. One was to develop a stair climber/walker combination, second was a ramp and the third was a hydraulic lift. Of the three solutions, the ramp was most sensible. However, further study revealed that the Americans with Disabilities Act defines certain specifications in its guidelines. The slope needs to be 1:12, meaning each one inch of rise must be covered with a one foot setback. If your front entrance stair has four 7 risers (4 steps), the ramp must be a minimum of 28 feet long. Many homes do not have that large an area in the front to accommodate the ramp. Although it is a secondary importance, the enormous ramp size would create an architecturally difficult issue to harmonize with the house.

Meanwhile, such a ramp would cost money. The standard estimate, according to experienced contractor John McCormack of New Castle, one must budget anywhere from $150 to $250 per linear foot of ramp. A 28 ramp would cost somewhere between $4,200 to $7,000. That is a rather significant expense for a fixed income person aging in place. The magnitude of the expense would probably terminate any discussion for a ramp.

As I was just concluding this ramp design issue, Jud Pitman an inventor from Portsmouth called me. He stated that he had quickly built a conceptual prototype of a walker that could help its user climb up or down the stairs, and he could demonstrate it for me. I immediately accepted his offer. I was happy that the very purpose of this column is to call on everybody in America to invent for causes. And this is just happening.

On June 20, Jud Pitman showed up at our meeting place, Ceres Bakery of Penhallow Street, Portsmouth. After a few minutes of pleasantries, he asked me to step outside for his demo. We found a cement stair leading to the brick office building entrance next door. There he opened his canvas bag and pulled out an ordinary walker.

FIG 1 shows an ordinary walker costing around $60-$80 at Walmart, Target and many other places selling devices for the handicapped. This one is equipped with a wheel on each front support leg, but functionally that is not essential.FIG 2 is the crux of the invention. The front leg folds forward to result in reducing the front height by adjustable height matched to the riser height (the height of the step). FIG 3 shows the balance impaired person climbing the stairs. Further on, FIG 4 shows the rear legs folding while the front legs extending. This is to prepare for descending the stair. FIG 5 shows a man descending the stair using the modified walker.

This prototype demonstrates this inventors concept clearly, and Id value his concept and prototype execution as a Class A performance achievement. If we succeed in encouraging another 100,000 inventors just like this one, I have no doubt an American Renaissance would happen.

In May, we discussed a solution using a hydraulic lift attached to the side of front stairs. That is another viable solution and probably less expensive than building a ramp to ADA standards. Go to Google and type Hydraulic Lift (Scissor Lift), and there are many vendors listing literally hundreds of lifts on their websites. Their prices range somewhere around $1,500 upward. Installation may cost you an additional $1,000, but this is an excellent solution for medium to heavily balance-impaired persons. Since the use isnt very frequent, you would be able to buy a used lift much cheaper than a new unit. By using the hydraulic lift, the user needs not to walk down a perilous and slippery ramp, or wet or icy stairs. All he/she needs to do is to stand with the walker and push the button either up or down. Again, the main shortcoming is when power fails. But, if a storm causes a power failure, you are better off staying inside.

This week concludes the chapter of how to overcome stairs when you must use a walker. The least expensive solution is a modified walker just proposed by Pitman as shown in the photos. Second is the hydraulic lift attached to the side of the front stair. The third is a ramp built according to ADA rules, which is the most expensive.

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Im sure Im heavily biased because of the fact that this is only my second real-world appearance in association with the movement after reporting on Gilad Atzmons appearance with Stanley Cohen, Norton Mezvinsky, and Michael Lesher in New York City.

But the American Renaissance conference of 2017 felt downright historic.

The contrast for me between slipping past a lineup of Jews calling to shut it down! on the streets in front of Theatre 80 so I could slip inside and sit among a haggard audience screeching out interruptions before a panel of Jews who were also aggressively interrupting and trying to shut each other down and my first real-world experience with a large gathering of /ourguys/ couldnt have been more graphic and intense.

The spirit of unity was so palpable in the atmosphere that everyone present could feel it, despite whatever underlying differences (personal, religious, or political) any of us might otherwise have had. The reaction to the beginning of my recent series introducing a critical reconstruction of the origins of Christianityamong Christians involved polite, good faith conversations and even book donations. There was an implicit level of trust, as several times I noticed expensive items confidently left out in plain view, or had people hand me cash when the representatives manning other book stands werent around, trusting without any apprehension whatsoever that I would deliver them the cash when they returned.

The Guardians coverageclaims that:

It was not clear if fear or anger was the dominant emotion of the conference.

Its safe to say that this is absolutely nothing more than the projection of an author who couldnt decide if he was more fearful or angry about us. Because the dominant emotion of the conference was, without any question, one of shared connection and energized unity of purpose of being prepared to strive forward and take our rightful place at the forefront of addressing the problems our people face, and of holding each other in mutual esteem as we all develop our various approaches towards achieving this end.

When our speakers addressed the supposed genetic and demographic decline of the west; the supposed low IQ of migrants flooding western countries; supposed links between IQ and social pathology; supposed anti-white propaganda that suffuses our society; supposed academic conspiracies that have worked to cover all this up, the underlying spirit wasnt one of resentment that our points arent accepted in the mainstream. And these points certainly were not presented in a bitter tone of passive anticipation of acceptance by those who are hostile to our message and purpose. The underlying spirit was an inspired recognition that we are in fact moving past the mainstream, a confident awareness that we will continue to do so whether we attain mainstream recognition or not, and a drive to continue developing ourselves and become worthy of where we know we are headed, as doubt fades that we will be the ones leading the effort to address these issues.

As far as the condescending use of the word supposed in The Guardians article goes, maybe it was too early for such a dense speech because the reporters coffee hadnt kicked in yet, but he clearly missed the depth in which Helmuth Nyborg addressed the genetic and demographic decline of the West in the first talk of the second morning. During the Q&A after the conclusion of his talk, questioners didnt let Nyborg off easy, but he proved himself up to the task of handling the audience. One member asked why the otherwise universal correlation between latitude and IQ fails to apply, for example, to the Inuit.

This highly observant attendee wasnt afraid to present what he considered to be a serious problem for Nyborgs thesis. If cold climates create strong selective pressures for high IQ, why arent the Inuit one of the smartest peoples on Earth? Nyborg responded that in certain areas, the local ecosystem is limited by the amount of solar energy reaching that location year-round, which in turn limits the extent to which the population can grow, which in turn leads to inbreeding depressionas people in small populations will end up reproducing with others from whom they arent very genetically distant.

It might not have been only the Guardian reporter who was waiting for coffee to kick in when Nyborgs highly detailed and cerebral presentation opened the morning. But by the time Martin Lichtmesz took the stage to provide an insiders view of the success of nationalist movements in Austria and Germany, the audience was fully engaged. The second half of his speech included an incredible series of slides showing us how Generation Identitaire and other movements have grown more adept at capturing the attention of the media to propagate their message.

Here, we see members of the group staging a counter-protest of a counter-protest according to Martin, they only needed to show up for a few minutes for the photo op to result in headlines and newspaper covers detailing the stunt.

The audience broke into laughter as he showed us a photograph of a demonstration in which participants held refugees welcome signs while others who stood behind them wrapped in keffiyehs and carrying the Islamic State flagseized scimitars around their necks. Lichtmesz paused and added dryly, This one doesnt need very much explanation.

On the last night, our very own Julian Langnesswas the keynote speaker following dinner. In an audience where up to three-fourths of the audience were at their very first AmRen conference ever, and roughly half of the audience was younger than 35, his speech discussed the trend of millennials growing desire to exchange porn for procreation, student debt for meme warfare, video games for the shooting range, and Vicodin for the red pill. Conversation afterwards generally focused on the details of his transition into the alt-right from being the youngest delegate to the Democratic National Convention to vote for Obama in 2008.

Personally, as a member of the under-35 half of the audience, these were the three presentations that most stand out in my memory now. For coverage of the full range of speakers, including Peter Brimelow, John Derbyshire, Jared Taylor, and Sam Dickson (as well as Nathan Damigo, Richard Spencer, Daniel Friberg, Simon Roche, all of whom took to the stage to update us on the current state of their respective movements and organizations), see AmRens own post-conference report.

Id like to recommend a few of my own resources to the author of The Guardians article and those who were brought here because of it, as Ive addressed a few of these topics myself. If you want to read well-documented discussions of anti-white propaganda [and] academic conspiracies that have worked to cover [it] up, I recommend my article on the Trayvon Martin case, my demolition of the pretenses to scholarship of the celebrated antiracist activist Tim Wise, and my breakdown of academic studies which claimed to reveal baseless anti-black discrimination in employmentand of other studies which were touted in a popular press that (falsely) claimed to show that right-wing extremists constitute a greater domestic threat than Islamic terrorism. My work in this area will eventually be compiled into a full-length book which will comprehensively analyze examples like these in rigorous detail.

In fact, I made the resolution to commit to this endeavor precisely because I was so inspired by my experience here at AmRen. I now feel far more driven than I ever was before to become an active part of this effort. I came away from the experience thinking: Wow this must be what passionate Christians feel like when they attend Revival. Which is an experience Ive witnessed, but never actually felt for myself in this way in my adult life until now.

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Last weekends 2017 American Renaissance conference was a triumph. There was a capacity crowd of 300 people, and many more had to be turned away. More than half the people present were attending their first AmRen conference. The average age of the crowd was significantly younger than at the last AmRenconference I attended in 2008.

Counter-Currents had a book table, which I manned along with Aedon Cassiel and George from Toronto. I also want to thank Sally and Jaenelle for filling in as well. I arrived with 5-and-a-half boxes of books and sold close to 80% of them, which is very good for conferences of this type. I also autographed books that I authored or edited and very much enjoyed meeting and talking with Counter-Currents readers and supporters as well as friends new and old.

Because of interviews, meetings, and networking, I could not attend all the sessions, but for me the high points were the talks by Jared Taylor and Peter Brimelow as well as two new speakers, Martin Lichtmesz from Austria who writes for Sezession and Julian Langness who editsEuropean Civil War and writes forCounter-Currents. (Aedon Cassiel will have a complete report on the speeches and other events.)

Despite the best efforts of the Southern Poverty Law Center and those who share their agenda, as far as I could see, the conference was unmarred by movement drama and infighting.

The Tennessee State Police were out in force to contain the contingent of communist, anarchist, and Christian protesters, which was much larger and more obnoxious this year because of the election of Donald Trump, who has apparently slashed government funding for psychiatric medications and turned the patients of mental hospitals out on the streets. (The police could not be everywhere, however, and one attendee who broke protocol and engaged the protesters was assaulted by thugs.)

It is a shame that the AmRen conference has outgrown the facilities at Montgomery Bell State Park, because the setting is beautiful and the staff were unfailingly friendly and efficient. I made a point of thanking the police for their presence and tipping generously at meals, which should be our practice at all real-world meetups.

I want to thank Counter-Currents readers and donors for making this trip possible and everyone who stopped by our table to buy books and say hello. I also want to thank Jared Taylor and his staff and supporters for putting on another superb conference.Not only was the majority of the audience attending their first AmRen conference, some of the people I spoke to were attending their first real world White Nationalist gathering of any kind. AmRen 2017 could not have been a better introduction to our movement. I will definitely be back in 2018.

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Hatewatch Headlines 8/1/2017 – Southern Poverty Law Center

Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ): Maricopa Countys notorious ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio found guilty of criminal contempt.

The Guardian: At American Renaissance gathering, race realism and calls for white ethnostate dominate.

The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, VA): Unite the Right rally tests the limits of First Amendment free-speech protections.

Salon: The rise in hate crimes targeting Muslims has a lot to do with the way politicians talk about them.

Mother Jones: Nativist politico Lou Barletta, Trumps political godfather, plans to run for the Senate.

The Atlantic: The U.S. governments fight against violent extremism loses its leader, signaling an unhealthy shift.

Think Progress: The new civil-rights chief at the Justice Department has spent his career undermining civil rights.

Right Wing Watch: Tony Perkins boasts about FRCs influence over policy in the Trump White House.

Huffington Post: John Oliver slams Alex Jones for the shady way he funds his show with health cures.

Raw Story: California Latino lawmakers endure steady racist threats This is Trump country.

Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN): Minnesota militia group targets of months-long domestic terrorism investigation.

WTVD-TC (Wilmington, NC): Body of man kidnapped by white supremacist found; suspects father arrested.

The Forward: Beware the far-right Jewish Republicans who embrace the bigotry of the extremist right.

Death and Taxes: D.C. cop under investigation for allegedly wearing shirt with whitesupremacist imagery to court.

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Analysis: The West’s anti-liberal backlash can’t escape its racism – Norwich Bulletin

Ishaan Tharoor The Washington Post

The turbulent politics of the past year have hinged on a grand historical premise: The liberal status quo of the West is in crisis. Figures such as President Donald Trump swept into power promising jobs for the disaffected, closed borders for migrants and economic protectionism; his fellow leaders in Europe preached an even more xenophobic message.

But in the chaotic months since Trump’s inauguration, Europe’s far right suffered electoral setbacks and the president’s own agenda proved something of a muddled mess. His campaign-trail populism quickly gave way to policies that favored the mega-rich. What has endured are the identity politics – the resentments toward multiculturalism and immigration – that galvanized his base, which has remained loyal to Trump even while the president racks up historically low approval ratings.

And although the Trump administration tries to distance itself from “white nationalism” and its supposedly fringe adherents, ethnic grievances anchor the West’s anti-liberal backlash. It’s at the heart of the “traditionalist” Christian nationalism embraced by White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, who despite various rounds of West Wing purges has held onto his post.

“I think Trump was a legitimatizer,” said William Regnery II, a secretive funder of a slew of “alt-right” organizations that champion extreme anti-immigration politics in the United States. Speaking to BuzzFeed News, Regnery said that white nationalism has gone “from being conversation you could hold in a bathroom to the front parlor.”

Over the weekend, a group of committed white nationalists, including some figures directly connected to Regnery’s funding networks, held a conference in Tennessee, debating everything from Trump’s record on race to the prospect of fashioning some chunk of America into a whites-only “ethno-state.”

Jared Taylor, the founder and editor of American Renaissance, the far-right website that staged the event, spoke to the Guardian about the millennials turned on by his message. “These young white guys,” Taylor said, “they have been told from infancy that they are the villains of history. And I think that the left has completely overplayed its hand.”

A similar argument is made by considerably more powerful people in Europe. Last week, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivered a speech in a leafy Romanian town where a majority of the population is ethnic Hungarian. Not many international outlets covered the event – far-right website Breitbart was an exception, gleefully quoting the right-wing premier at length for his call to stop a “Muslimized Europe.”

This rhetoric is familiar coming from Orban, an outspoken leader among the European statesmen railing against immigration and the challenge of Muslim integration into Western societies. (No matter that the EU refugee quotas Orban resists would do little to change his nation’s demographic composition.) But this time, he offered a shout-out to Trump, whose nationalist speech in Warsaw in early July clearly thrilled the Hungarian leader.

Orban quoted from Trump’s Warsaw address, in which the president warned of an existential threat facing the West and appealed to a narrow Christian cultural identity in the face of enemies at the gates. “Our freedom, our civilization and our survival depend on these bonds of history, culture, and memory,” Orban said, echoing Trump. (Absent in either of their remarks were similar paeans to Western ideals such as democracy and the rule of law.)

The Hungarian prime minister also celebrated the fact that such statements are being made in public at all: “These words would have been inconceivable anywhere in the Western world two years ago,” he said.

He went on to bemoan what is afflicting Europe. “Christian democratic parties in Europe have become un-Christian: we are trying to satisfy the values and cultural expectations of the liberal media and intelligentsia,” Orban said, swatting at the transnational commitments of technocrats in Brussels and growling over his bete noir, Jewish American financier George Soros.

“In order for Europe to be able to survive and remain the Europeans’ continent, the European Union must regain its sovereignty from the Soros empire,” Orban said. “Until that happens, we have no chance of retaining Europe for the European people.”

Others on the far right are taking matters more directly in their hands. This summer, a group called “Generation Identity” set about trying to challenge the efforts of NGOs such as Doctors Without Borders that are operating ships in the Mediterranean to rescue migrants whose own vessels have sunk or become inoperable. Hoisting a “Defend Europe” banner, they tried to disrupt rescue efforts and even threatened to tow stranded migrants back to sea. Over the weekend, they were confronted by leftist activists in the Sicilian port city of Catania.

British journalist Rossalyn Warren described Identity Europe in The Washington Post’s Global Opinion section:

“The group is known for its publicity stunts and creepy promotional videos showing white Europeans playing sports in what looks like summer camp for fascists. Their reach hasn’t just been limited to Europe either. Though the group is small – around 400 to 500 members in several countries including Austria, France and Germany – they’ve since been joined in Sicily by high-profile, far-right activists from Canada and the United States. They’ve also been supported by neo-Nazi leaders, including former KKK head David Duke, a vocal supporter of the Defend Europe mission.”

Duke, of course, was also a vocal supporter of Trump during last year’s election. The president may disavow these links, but leading far-right ideologues, including Regnery and Bannon, are more coy. Bannon, after all, once described Trump as a “blunt instrument” for his agenda. And although the effect of months of bludgeoning is still hard to measure, it’s impossible to ignore the rhetoric that binds politicians in Central Europe to once-fringe radicals in Tennessee – and Washington.

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‘Young white guys are hopping mad’: confidence grows at far-right gathering – The Guardian

Jared Taylor addressed the crowd at the American Renaissance conference. Photograph: The Washington Post/Getty Images

We are soldiers in this war, Jared Taylor told an overwhelmingly male and entirely white audience of around 300 late on Saturday. And we will win.

The founder and editor of American Renaissance, once a print magazine and now the internets premier race-realist site, no longer thinks whites can have America to themselves. But he wants an all-white ethnostate, carved out of US territory.

This weekend, American Renaissance held its annual conference at a venue in Montgomery Bell state park, an hour west of Nashville, Tennessee. Attendees and speakers clearly felt a growing confidence. They have seen appreciable growth in membership of established and emerging far-right groups. They have also seen the election as president of Donald Trump.

Speakers at the event addressed subjects including Race realism and race denialism and Has the white man turned the corner? One considered The Trump report card so far.

When Taylor spoke, his audience was generationally diverse. Some, well into middle age or beyond, had heard it all before. But when he asked who was attending for the first time, the great majority raised their hands.

Many were millennials. Though all attendees wore conference dress code jacket and tie more than a few younger men sported the fashy haircut, short back and sides with a severe parting, which has become a signature of the so-called alt-right.

Many such young men lined up for selfies with Richard Spencer, the president of the white nationalist National Policy Institute thinktank who has achieved fame since greeting the election result with a cry of Hail Trump.

Others browsed vendor tables, buying books from Counter-Currents the white nationalist publisher behind Towards the White Republic and In Defense of Prejudice or picking up flyers from Identity Evropa, a group that markets white supremacy to millennials.

Taylor said such men were flooding to his group because they were hopping mad. These young white guys, he told the Guardian, they have been told from infancy that they are the villains of history. And I think that the left has completely overplayed its hand.

It was not clear if fear or anger was the dominant emotion of the conference. Speaker after speaker addressed the supposed genetic and demographic decline of the west; the supposed low IQ of migrants flooding western countries; supposed links between IQ and social pathology; supposed anti-white propaganda that suffuses our society; supposed academic conspiracies that have worked to cover all this up. A common theme was the supposed propensity of non-whites to crimes like rape.

Using color-coded maps, graphs and pictures of human brains, some speakers strove to give racism the kind of scientific respectability it has not claimed since the second world war.

Attendees were also told a lot about Trump. Taylor said the billionaire had provided a great deal of excitement when he was elected, but was now viewed with some skepticism.

Questioned by the Guardian, Spencer said Trumps policy on Syria and the healthcare debacle were distractions from the only thing this crowd was interested in: immigration.

I give him a C, he said.

Taylor spoke of war, but acknowledged that he wanted only an ideological battle. Speakers urged the audience not to engage with antifascist protesters gathered outside the venue. One conference attendee nonetheless ended the night, Taylor said, in hospital and under arrest. State police confirmed two arrests on the day.

Organized under the banner Oppose the Hate, about 150 protesters spread out from the sidewalk, up a set of stairs and on to a grassy hill overlooking the venue.

While more militant activists picketed the front door and took photos of attendees, on the hill there were speakers and a picnic. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) attended. So did anti-gun groups.

The Rev Brian Merritt, pastor at Renaissance Presbyterian church in Chattanooga, gestured towards the conference centre. Whats going on in there is sin, he said. White supremacy is sin. Theyre on the wrong side of justice.

Groups like American Renaissance were attracted to Tennessee and the south by its politeness and hospitality, he said. But he added: Well-mannered Christianity is going away. The church is not going to be told every time it stands up for justice that that is politics. That is bullshit. It is not political to stand up for justice, especially under this racist administration.

Marisa Richmond, from the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition, said it was important to show up against all forms of bigotry. Its been an annual event for six years, and I think this is the biggest here yet. Theyre feeling empowered.

For a long time, explicitly racial views such those propagated by Taylor were marginalized by the culture at large and by mainstream conservatives. Speaking to the Guardian, Taylor said he himself had thought he was just making a racket. But now, he saw himself as part of a rising movement.

We are in a state-run facility, he said of the venue for his conference, because most hotels would not withstand pressure [from protesters] of this kind.

It was a record crowd, he said. It could have been 150 more.

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The turbulent politics of the past year have hinged on a grand historical premise: Theliberal status quo of the West is in crisis. Figures such asPresident Trump swept into power promising jobs for the disaffected, closed borders for migrants and economic protectionism; his fellow leadersin Europe preached an even more xenophobic message.

But in thechaotic months sinceTrump’s inauguration, Europe’s far right suffered electoral setbacks and the president’s own agenda provedsomething of amuddled mess. His campaign-trail populism quickly gave way to policies that favored the mega-rich. What has endured are the identity politics the resentments toward multiculturalism and immigration that galvanized his base, which has remained loyal to Trump even while the president racksup historically low approval ratings.

And although the Trump administration tries to distance itself from “white nationalism” and its supposedly fringe adherents, ethnic grievances anchor the West’s anti-liberal backlash.It’s at the heart of the “traditionalist” Christian nationalism embraced by White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, who despite various rounds of West Wingpurges has held onto his post.

“I think Trump was a legitimatizer,”said William Regnery II, a secretive funderof a slew of “alt-right” organizations that champion extreme anti-immigration politics in the United States. Speaking to BuzzFeed News, Regnery said that white nationalism has gone “from being conversation you could hold in a bathroom to the front parlor.”

Over the weekend, a group of committed white nationalists, including some figures directly connected to Regnery’s funding networks, held a conference in Tennessee, debating everything from Trump’s record on race tothe prospect of fashioning some chunk of America intoa whites-only “ethno-state.”

Jared Taylor, the founder and editor of American Renaissance, the far-right website that staged the event, spoke to the Guardian about the millennials turned on by his message. “These young white guys,” Taylorsaid, “they have been told from infancy that they are the villains of history. And I think that the left has completely overplayed its hand.”

A similar argument ismade by considerably more powerful people in Europe.Last week, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivered a speechin a leafy Romanian town where a majority of the population is ethnic Hungarian. Not many international outlets covered the event far-right website Breitbartwas an exception,gleefully quoting the right-wing premier at length for his call to stop a “Muslimized Europe.”

This rhetoric is familiar coming from Orban, an outspoken leader among the European statesmen railing against immigration and the challenge ofMuslim integration into Western societies. (No matter that the E.U. refugee quotas Orban resists would do little to change his nation’s demographic composition.) But this time, he offered a shout-out to Trump, whose nationalist speech in Warsaw in early July clearly thrilled the Hungarian leader.

Orban quoted from Trump’s Warsaw address, in which the president warned of anexistential threat facing the Westand appealed to a narrow Christian cultural identity in the face of enemies at the gates. “Our freedom, our civilization and our survival depend on these bonds of history, culture, and memory,” Orban said, echoing Trump. (Absent in either of their remarks were similar paeans to Western ideals such asdemocracy and the rule of law.)

The Hungarian prime minister also celebrated the fact that such statements are being made in public at all: “These words would have been inconceivable anywhere in the Western world two years ago,” he said.

He went on to bemoan what is afflicting Europe. “Christian democratic parties in Europe have become un-Christian: we are trying to satisfy the values and cultural expectations of the liberal media and intelligentsia,” Orban said, swatting at the transnational commitments of technocrats in Brussels and growling over his bete noir, Jewish American financier George Soros.

“In order for Europe to be able to survive and remain the Europeans continent, the European Union must regain its sovereignty from the Soros empire,” Orbansaid. “Until that happens, we have no chance of retaining Europe for the European people.”

Others on the far right are taking matters more directly in their hands. This summer, a group called “Generation Identity” set about trying tochallengethe efforts of NGOs such asDoctors Without Borders that are operating ships in the Mediterranean to rescue migrants whose own vessels have sunk or become inoperable. Hoisting a “Defend Europe” banner, they tried to disrupt rescue efforts and even threatened to tow stranded migrants back to sea. Over the weekend, they were confronted by leftist activists in the Sicilian port city of Catania.

Britishjournalist Rossalyn Warren described Identity Europe inThe Washington Post’s Global Opinion section:

“The group is known for its publicity stunts andcreepy promotional videosshowing white Europeans playing sports in what looks like summer camp for fascists. Their reach hasnt just been limited to Europe either. Though the group is small around 400 to 500 members in several countries including Austria, France and Germany theyve since been joined in Sicily by high-profile, far-right activists from Canada and the United States. Theyve also been supported by neo-Nazi leaders, including former KKK headDavid Duke, a vocal supporter of the Defend Europe mission.”

Duke, of course, was also a vocal supporter of Trumpduring last year’s election. The president may disavow these links, but leading far-right ideologues, including Regnery and Bannon, aremore coy. Bannon, after all, once described Trump as a “blunt instrument” for his agenda. And althoughthe effect of months of bludgeoning isstill hard to measure, it’s impossible to ignore the rhetoric that binds politiciansin Central Europe to once-fringe radicals in Tennessee and Washington.

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(THE CONVERSATION) The only sounds were those of muffled drums, the shuffling of feet and the gentle sobs of some of the estimated 20,000 onlookers. The women and children wore all white. The men dressed in black.

On the afternoon of Saturday, July 28, 1917, nearly 10,000 African-Americans marched down Fifth Avenue, in silence, to protest racial violence and White supremacy in the United States.

New York City, and the nation, had never before witnessed such a remarkable scene.

The Silent Protest Parade, as it came to be known, was the first mass African-American demonstration of its kind and marked a watershed moment in the history of the civil rights movement. As I have written in my book Torchbearers of Democracy, African-Americans during the World War I era challenged racism both abroad and at home. In taking to the streets to dramatize the brutal treatment of black people, the participants of the Silent Protest Parade indicted the United States as an unjust nation.

This charge remains true today.

One hundred years later, as Black people continue to insist that Black Lives Matter, the Silent Protest Parade offers a vivid reminder about the power of courageous leadership, grassroots mobilization, direct action and their collective necessity in the fight to end racial oppression in our current troubled times.

Racial violence and the East St. Louis RiotOne of the great accomplishments of the Black Lives Matter movement has been to demonstrate the continuum of racist violence against Black people throughout American history and also the history of resistance against it. But as we continue to grapple with the hyper-visibility of Black death, it is perhaps easy to forget just how truly horrific racial violence against Black people was a century ago.

Prior to the Silent Protest Parade, mob violence and the lynching of African-Americans had grown even more gruesome. In Waco, a mob of 10,000 White Texans attended the May 15, 1916, lynching of a Black farmer, Jesse Washington. One year later, on May 22, 1917, a Black woodcutter, Ell Persons, died at the hands of over 5,000 vengeance-seeking Whites in Memphis. Both men were burned and mutilated, their charred body parts distributed and displayed as souvenirs.

Even by these grisly standards, East St. Louis later that same summer was shocking. Simmering labor tensions between White and Black workers exploded on the evening of July 2, 1917.

For 24 hours, White mobs indiscriminately stabbed, shot and lynched anyone with Black skin. Men, women, children, the elderly, the disabled no one was spared. Homes were torched and occupants shot down as they attempted to flee. White militia men stood idly by as the carnage unfolded. Some actively participated. The death toll likely ran as high as 200 people.

The citys surviving 6,000 Black residents became refugees.

East St. Louis was an American pogrom. The fearless African-American anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells traveled to the still smoldering city on July 4 and collected firsthand accounts of the aftermath. She described what she saw as an awful orgy of human butchery.

The devastation of East St. Louis was compounded by the fact that America was at war. On April 2, President Woodrow Wilson had thrown the United States into the maelstrom of World War I. He did so by asserting Americas singularly unique place on the global stage and his goal to make the world safe for democracy. In the eyes of Black people, East St. Louis exposed the hypocrisy of Wilsons vision and America itself.

The NAACP takes action The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People quickly responded to the massacre. Founded in 1909, the NAACP had yet to establish itself as a truly representative organization for African-Americans across the country. With the exception of W.E.B. Du Bois, one of the NAACPs co-founders and editor of The Crisis magazine, the national leadership was all White. Branches were overwhelmingly located in the North, despite the majority of African-Americans residing below the Mason-Dixon line. As a result, the NAACP had largely failed to respond with a sense of urgency to the everyday horrors endured by the masses of Black folk.

James Weldon Johnson changed things. Lawyer, diplomat, novelist, poet and songwriter, Johnson was a true African-American renaissance man. In 1916, Johnson joined the NAACP as a field secretary and made an immediate impact. In addition to growing the organizations southern membership, Johnson recognized the importance of expanding the influence of the NAACPs existing branches beyond the Black elite.

Johnson raised the idea of a silent protest march at an executive committee meeting of the NAACP Harlem branch shortly after the East St. Louis riot. Johnson also insisted that the protest include the citys entire Black community. Planning quickly got underway, spearheaded by Johnson and local Black clergymen.

A historic day By noon on July 28, several thousand African-Americans had begun to assemble at 59th Street. Crowds gathered along Fifth Avenue. Anxious New York City police officers lined the streets, aware of what was about to take place but, with clubs at the ready, prepared for trouble.

At approximately 1 p.m., the protest parade commenced. Four men carrying drums began to slowly, solemnly play. A group of Black clergymen and NAACP officials made up the front line. W.E.B. Du Bois, who had recently returned from conducting an NAACP investigation in East St. Louis, and James Weldon Johnson marched side by side.

The parade was a stunning spectacle. At the front, women and children wearing all-white gowns symbolized the innocence of African-Americans in the face of the nations guilt. The men, bringing up the rear and dressed in dark suits, conveyed both a mournful dignity and stern determination to stand up for their rights as citizens.

They carried signs and banners shaming America for its treatment of Black people. Some read, Your hands are full of blood, Thou Shalt Not Kill, Mothers, do lynchers go to heaven? Others highlighted the wartime context and the hollowness of Americas ideals: We have fought for the liberty of white Americans in six wars; our reward was East St. Louis, Patriotism and loyalty presuppose protection and liberty, Make America safe for Democracy.

Throughout the parade, the marchers remained silent. The New York Times described the protest as one of the most quiet and orderly demonstrations ever witnessed. The silence was finally broken with cheers when the parade concluded at Madison Square.

Legacy of the Silent Protest ParadeThe Silent Protest Parade marked the beginning of a new epoch in the long Black freedom struggle. While adhering to a certain politics of respectability, a strategy employed by African-Americans that focused on countering racist stereotypes through dignified appearance and behavior, the protest, within its context, constituted a radical claiming of the public sphere and a powerful affirmation of Black humanity. It declared that a New Negro had arrived and launched a Black public protest tradition that would be seen in the parades of the Universal Negro Improvement Association, the civil rights demonstrations of the 1960s and the Black Lives Matter marches of today.

The Silent Protest Parade reminds us that the fight against racist violence and the killing of Black people remains just as relevant now as it did 100 years ago. Black death, whether at the hands of a Baton Rouge police officer or White supremacist in Charleston, is a specter that continues to haunt this nation. The expendability of Black bodies is American tradition, and history speaks to the long endurance of this violent legacy.

But history also offers inspiration, purpose and vision.

Ida B. Wells, James Weldon Johnson and other freedom fighters of their generation should serve as models for activists today. That the Silent Protest Parade attracted Black people from all walks of life and backgrounds attests to the need for organizations like the NAACP, following its recent national convention, to remember and embrace its origins. And, in building and sustaining the current movement, we can take lessons from past struggles and work strategically and creatively to apply them to the present.

Because, at their core, the demands of Black people in 2017 remain the same as one of the signs raised to the sky on that July afternoon in 1917:

Give me a chance to live.

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article here: http://theconversation.com/100-years-ago-african-americans-marched-down-5th-avenue-to-declare-that-black-lives-matter-81427.

This is a link to an original AFRO, August 4, 1917 article on the Silent March in New York: https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=jiUmAAAAIBAJ&sjid=7P0FAAAAIBAJ&pg=2444%2C277811

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Group with race agenda is met by protesters at conference – WZTV

Protesters say American Renaissance is a hate group (WZTV).

BURNS, Tenn. — A group that claims to protect the rights of white people is met with resistance, as its members gather for their annual conference at a Tennessee State Park Saturday.

For six years and counting, the American Renaissance Conference has claimed to come in peace to Montgomery Bell State Park.

“American Renaissance is standing up for the rights of white people just like every other race, says Jared Taylor, The biggest misconception about American Renaissance is that we are some kind of threat to any other group.

But a strong group of opponents, believe their mission has other motives.

They routinely go after people of color whether they be black, Hispanic, Muslim, and try to encourage people to be just as hostile to them as they are, says Daryle Lamont Jenkins, Executive Director of One Peoples Project. You’re basically looking at the klan, you’re basically looking at neo Nazis.

Jenkins, along with many other opponents, argue members of an organization that’s been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center have no place congregating on public land.

“This is wrong. You’ve got a hate group, they are a hate group, I dont care how many times they say theyre not. They are having a conference, bringing all those haters to a state park that belongs to all of us, says Kat Hitchcock, of Nashville.

The group counters it is their right to be there.

“What I find contemptable about these protesters, is that they want to shut us down. They want to prevent the State of Tennessee from allowing us to gather and express ourselves, says Taylor.

Over the years, both sides have claimed to engage in a dialogue of their differences with no luck.

They may just have to agree to disagree for now.

The state says as long as they follow the rules, the American Renaissance is allowed to stay.

At last check, there were no reported incidents between the American Renaissance Conference, and those protesting it.

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Building a better walker – Seacoastonline.com

Sam Asano So far in the past three weeks, we have concentrated on discussing possible solutions to the problem of using walkers to climb up and down the stairs. In the regions where snow is expected in the winter, most houses are built with the entrance steps to raise the floor level above ground. Some houses have entrance stairs having as many as five or six steps, while most houses have two or three steps to enter through the front door. Obviously, the height of the stairs depends on the terrain the house is built on and the design to accommodate the house. So far, I have gotten many requests from people who are mildly balance-impaired due to his/her age and/or some ailments who would like to be able to use their walkers to climb up or down the front stairs. This is a reasonable request from their viewpoint as they wish to be as independent in their life as possible without having to rely on someone else to assist them. One female reader wrote to say her daughter lives about 10 minutes away. But she feels bad to have to call her to get her to help in going outside and coming back in the house every time she wishes to breathe fresh air by walking outside. We discussed three solutions back four weeks ago at the end of May. One was to develop a stair climber/walker combination, second was a ramp and the third was a hydraulic lift. Of the three solutions, the ramp was most sensible. However, further study revealed that the Americans with Disabilities Act defines certain specifications in its guidelines. The slope needs to be 1:12, meaning each one inch of rise must be covered with a one foot setback. If your front entrance stair has four 7 risers (4 steps), the ramp must be a minimum of 28 feet long. Many homes do not have that large an area in the front to accommodate the ramp. Although it is a secondary importance, the enormous ramp size would create an architecturally difficult issue to harmonize with the house. Meanwhile, such a ramp would cost money. The standard estimate, according to experienced contractor John McCormack of New Castle, one must budget anywhere from $150 to $250 per linear foot of ramp. A 28 ramp would cost somewhere between $4,200 to $7,000. That is a rather significant expense for a fixed income person aging in place. The magnitude of the expense would probably terminate any discussion for a ramp. As I was just concluding this ramp design issue, Jud Pitman an inventor from Portsmouth called me. He stated that he had quickly built a conceptual prototype of a walker that could help its user climb up or down the stairs, and he could demonstrate it for me. I immediately accepted his offer. I was happy that the very purpose of this column is to call on everybody in America to invent for causes. And this is just happening. On June 20, Jud Pitman showed up at our meeting place, Ceres Bakery of Penhallow Street, Portsmouth. After a few minutes of pleasantries, he asked me to step outside for his demo. We found a cement stair leading to the brick office building entrance next door. There he opened his canvas bag and pulled out an ordinary walker. FIG 1 shows an ordinary walker costing around $60-$80 at Walmart, Target and many other places selling devices for the handicapped. This one is equipped with a wheel on each front support leg, but functionally that is not essential.FIG 2 is the crux of the invention. The front leg folds forward to result in reducing the front height by adjustable height matched to the riser height (the height of the step). FIG 3 shows the balance impaired person climbing the stairs. Further on, FIG 4 shows the rear legs folding while the front legs extending. This is to prepare for descending the stair. FIG 5 shows a man descending the stair using the modified walker. This prototype demonstrates this inventors concept clearly, and Id value his concept and prototype execution as a Class A performance achievement. If we succeed in encouraging another 100,000 inventors just like this one, I have no doubt an American Renaissance would happen. In May, we discussed a solution using a hydraulic lift attached to the side of front stairs. That is another viable solution and probably less expensive than building a ramp to ADA standards. Go to Google and type Hydraulic Lift (Scissor Lift), and there are many vendors listing literally hundreds of lifts on their websites. Their prices range somewhere around $1,500 upward. Installation may cost you an additional $1,000, but this is an excellent solution for medium to heavily balance-impaired persons. Since the use isnt very frequent, you would be able to buy a used lift much cheaper than a new unit. By using the hydraulic lift, the user needs not to walk down a perilous and slippery ramp, or wet or icy stairs. All he/she needs to do is to stand with the walker and push the button either up or down. Again, the main shortcoming is when power fails. But, if a storm causes a power failure, you are better off staying inside. This week concludes the chapter of how to overcome stairs when you must use a walker. The least expensive solution is a modified walker just proposed by Pitman as shown in the photos. Second is the hydraulic lift attached to the side of the front stair. The third is a ramp built according to ADA rules, which is the most expensive. We welcome Victorville Daily Press to our syndicate. Lets us raise American’s belief that we are the most advanced nation in the world and we will rise like a Phoenix to create another era of high-tech manufacturing achievements.

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The 2017 American Renaissance Conference | Counter-Currents …

1,291 words Im sure Im heavily biased because of the fact that this is only my second real-world appearance in association with the movement after reporting on Gilad Atzmons appearance with Stanley Cohen, Norton Mezvinsky, and Michael Lesher in New York City. But the American Renaissance conference of 2017 felt downright historic. The contrast for me between slipping past a lineup of Jews calling to shut it down! on the streets in front of Theatre 80 so I could slip inside and sit among a haggard audience screeching out interruptions before a panel of Jews who were also aggressively interrupting and trying to shut each other down and my first real-world experience with a large gathering of /ourguys/ couldnt have been more graphic and intense. The spirit of unity was so palpable in the atmosphere that everyone present could feel it, despite whatever underlying differences (personal, religious, or political) any of us might otherwise have had. The reaction to the beginning of my recent series introducing a critical reconstruction of the origins of Christianityamong Christians involved polite, good faith conversations and even book donations. There was an implicit level of trust, as several times I noticed expensive items confidently left out in plain view, or had people hand me cash when the representatives manning other book stands werent around, trusting without any apprehension whatsoever that I would deliver them the cash when they returned. The Guardians coverageclaims that: It was not clear if fear or anger was the dominant emotion of the conference. Its safe to say that this is absolutely nothing more than the projection of an author who couldnt decide if he was more fearful or angry about us. Because the dominant emotion of the conference was, without any question, one of shared connection and energized unity of purpose of being prepared to strive forward and take our rightful place at the forefront of addressing the problems our people face, and of holding each other in mutual esteem as we all develop our various approaches towards achieving this end. When our speakers addressed the supposed genetic and demographic decline of the west; the supposed low IQ of migrants flooding western countries; supposed links between IQ and social pathology; supposed anti-white propaganda that suffuses our society; supposed academic conspiracies that have worked to cover all this up, the underlying spirit wasnt one of resentment that our points arent accepted in the mainstream. And these points certainly were not presented in a bitter tone of passive anticipation of acceptance by those who are hostile to our message and purpose. The underlying spirit was an inspired recognition that we are in fact moving past the mainstream, a confident awareness that we will continue to do so whether we attain mainstream recognition or not, and a drive to continue developing ourselves and become worthy of where we know we are headed, as doubt fades that we will be the ones leading the effort to address these issues. As far as the condescending use of the word supposed in The Guardians article goes, maybe it was too early for such a dense speech because the reporters coffee hadnt kicked in yet, but he clearly missed the depth in which Helmuth Nyborg addressed the genetic and demographic decline of the West in the first talk of the second morning. During the Q&A after the conclusion of his talk, questioners didnt let Nyborg off easy, but he proved himself up to the task of handling the audience. One member asked why the otherwise universal correlation between latitude and IQ fails to apply, for example, to the Inuit. This highly observant attendee wasnt afraid to present what he considered to be a serious problem for Nyborgs thesis. If cold climates create strong selective pressures for high IQ, why arent the Inuit one of the smartest peoples on Earth? Nyborg responded that in certain areas, the local ecosystem is limited by the amount of solar energy reaching that location year-round, which in turn limits the extent to which the population can grow, which in turn leads to inbreeding depressionas people in small populations will end up reproducing with others from whom they arent very genetically distant. It might not have been only the Guardian reporter who was waiting for coffee to kick in when Nyborgs highly detailed and cerebral presentation opened the morning. But by the time Martin Lichtmesz took the stage to provide an insiders view of the success of nationalist movements in Austria and Germany, the audience was fully engaged. The second half of his speech included an incredible series of slides showing us how Generation Identitaire and other movements have grown more adept at capturing the attention of the media to propagate their message. Here, we see members of the group staging a counter-protest of a counter-protest according to Martin, they only needed to show up for a few minutes for the photo op to result in headlines and newspaper covers detailing the stunt. The audience broke into laughter as he showed us a photograph of a demonstration in which participants held refugees welcome signs while others who stood behind them wrapped in keffiyehs and carrying the Islamic State flagseized scimitars around their necks. Lichtmesz paused and added dryly, This one doesnt need very much explanation. On the last night, our very own Julian Langnesswas the keynote speaker following dinner. In an audience where up to three-fourths of the audience were at their very first AmRen conference ever, and roughly half of the audience was younger than 35, his speech discussed the trend of millennials growing desire to exchange porn for procreation, student debt for meme warfare, video games for the shooting range, and Vicodin for the red pill. Conversation afterwards generally focused on the details of his transition into the alt-right from being the youngest delegate to the Democratic National Convention to vote for Obama in 2008. Personally, as a member of the under-35 half of the audience, these were the three presentations that most stand out in my memory now. For coverage of the full range of speakers, including Peter Brimelow, John Derbyshire, Jared Taylor, and Sam Dickson (as well as Nathan Damigo, Richard Spencer, Daniel Friberg, Simon Roche, all of whom took to the stage to update us on the current state of their respective movements and organizations), see AmRens own post-conference report. Id like to recommend a few of my own resources to the author of The Guardians article and those who were brought here because of it, as Ive addressed a few of these topics myself. If you want to read well-documented discussions of anti-white propaganda [and] academic conspiracies that have worked to cover [it] up, I recommend my article on the Trayvon Martin case, my demolition of the pretenses to scholarship of the celebrated antiracist activist Tim Wise, and my breakdown of academic studies which claimed to reveal baseless anti-black discrimination in employmentand of other studies which were touted in a popular press that (falsely) claimed to show that right-wing extremists constitute a greater domestic threat than Islamic terrorism. My work in this area will eventually be compiled into a full-length book which will comprehensively analyze examples like these in rigorous detail. In fact, I made the resolution to commit to this endeavor precisely because I was so inspired by my experience here at AmRen. I now feel far more driven than I ever was before to become an active part of this effort. I came away from the experience thinking: Wow this must be what passionate Christians feel like when they attend Revival. Which is an experience Ive witnessed, but never actually felt for myself in this way in my adult life until now.

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American Renaissance 2017 a Triumph – counter-currents.com

454 words Last weekends 2017 American Renaissance conference was a triumph. There was a capacity crowd of 300 people, and many more had to be turned away. More than half the people present were attending their first AmRen conference. The average age of the crowd was significantly younger than at the last AmRenconference I attended in 2008. Counter-Currents had a book table, which I manned along with Aedon Cassiel and George from Toronto. I also want to thank Sally and Jaenelle for filling in as well. I arrived with 5-and-a-half boxes of books and sold close to 80% of them, which is very good for conferences of this type. I also autographed books that I authored or edited and very much enjoyed meeting and talking with Counter-Currents readers and supporters as well as friends new and old. Because of interviews, meetings, and networking, I could not attend all the sessions, but for me the high points were the talks by Jared Taylor and Peter Brimelow as well as two new speakers, Martin Lichtmesz from Austria who writes for Sezession and Julian Langness who editsEuropean Civil War and writes forCounter-Currents. (Aedon Cassiel will have a complete report on the speeches and other events.) Despite the best efforts of the Southern Poverty Law Center and those who share their agenda, as far as I could see, the conference was unmarred by movement drama and infighting. The Tennessee State Police were out in force to contain the contingent of communist, anarchist, and Christian protesters, which was much larger and more obnoxious this year because of the election of Donald Trump, who has apparently slashed government funding for psychiatric medications and turned the patients of mental hospitals out on the streets. (The police could not be everywhere, however, and one attendee who broke protocol and engaged the protesters was assaulted by thugs.) It is a shame that the AmRen conference has outgrown the facilities at Montgomery Bell State Park, because the setting is beautiful and the staff were unfailingly friendly and efficient. I made a point of thanking the police for their presence and tipping generously at meals, which should be our practice at all real-world meetups. I want to thank Counter-Currents readers and donors for making this trip possible and everyone who stopped by our table to buy books and say hello. I also want to thank Jared Taylor and his staff and supporters for putting on another superb conference.Not only was the majority of the audience attending their first AmRen conference, some of the people I spoke to were attending their first real world White Nationalist gathering of any kind. AmRen 2017 could not have been a better introduction to our movement. I will definitely be back in 2018.

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Hatewatch Headlines 8/1/2017 – Southern Poverty Law Center

Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ): Maricopa Countys notorious ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio found guilty of criminal contempt. The Guardian: At American Renaissance gathering, race realism and calls for white ethnostate dominate. The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, VA): Unite the Right rally tests the limits of First Amendment free-speech protections. Salon: The rise in hate crimes targeting Muslims has a lot to do with the way politicians talk about them. Mother Jones: Nativist politico Lou Barletta, Trumps political godfather, plans to run for the Senate. The Atlantic: The U.S. governments fight against violent extremism loses its leader, signaling an unhealthy shift. Think Progress: The new civil-rights chief at the Justice Department has spent his career undermining civil rights. Right Wing Watch: Tony Perkins boasts about FRCs influence over policy in the Trump White House. Huffington Post: John Oliver slams Alex Jones for the shady way he funds his show with health cures. Raw Story: California Latino lawmakers endure steady racist threats This is Trump country. Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN): Minnesota militia group targets of months-long domestic terrorism investigation. WTVD-TC (Wilmington, NC): Body of man kidnapped by white supremacist found; suspects father arrested. The Forward: Beware the far-right Jewish Republicans who embrace the bigotry of the extremist right. Death and Taxes: D.C. cop under investigation for allegedly wearing shirt with whitesupremacist imagery to court.

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Analysis: The West’s anti-liberal backlash can’t escape its racism – Norwich Bulletin

Ishaan Tharoor The Washington Post The turbulent politics of the past year have hinged on a grand historical premise: The liberal status quo of the West is in crisis. Figures such as President Donald Trump swept into power promising jobs for the disaffected, closed borders for migrants and economic protectionism; his fellow leaders in Europe preached an even more xenophobic message. But in the chaotic months since Trump’s inauguration, Europe’s far right suffered electoral setbacks and the president’s own agenda proved something of a muddled mess. His campaign-trail populism quickly gave way to policies that favored the mega-rich. What has endured are the identity politics – the resentments toward multiculturalism and immigration – that galvanized his base, which has remained loyal to Trump even while the president racks up historically low approval ratings. And although the Trump administration tries to distance itself from “white nationalism” and its supposedly fringe adherents, ethnic grievances anchor the West’s anti-liberal backlash. It’s at the heart of the “traditionalist” Christian nationalism embraced by White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, who despite various rounds of West Wing purges has held onto his post. “I think Trump was a legitimatizer,” said William Regnery II, a secretive funder of a slew of “alt-right” organizations that champion extreme anti-immigration politics in the United States. Speaking to BuzzFeed News, Regnery said that white nationalism has gone “from being conversation you could hold in a bathroom to the front parlor.” Over the weekend, a group of committed white nationalists, including some figures directly connected to Regnery’s funding networks, held a conference in Tennessee, debating everything from Trump’s record on race to the prospect of fashioning some chunk of America into a whites-only “ethno-state.” Jared Taylor, the founder and editor of American Renaissance, the far-right website that staged the event, spoke to the Guardian about the millennials turned on by his message. “These young white guys,” Taylor said, “they have been told from infancy that they are the villains of history. And I think that the left has completely overplayed its hand.” A similar argument is made by considerably more powerful people in Europe. Last week, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivered a speech in a leafy Romanian town where a majority of the population is ethnic Hungarian. Not many international outlets covered the event – far-right website Breitbart was an exception, gleefully quoting the right-wing premier at length for his call to stop a “Muslimized Europe.” This rhetoric is familiar coming from Orban, an outspoken leader among the European statesmen railing against immigration and the challenge of Muslim integration into Western societies. (No matter that the EU refugee quotas Orban resists would do little to change his nation’s demographic composition.) But this time, he offered a shout-out to Trump, whose nationalist speech in Warsaw in early July clearly thrilled the Hungarian leader. Orban quoted from Trump’s Warsaw address, in which the president warned of an existential threat facing the West and appealed to a narrow Christian cultural identity in the face of enemies at the gates. “Our freedom, our civilization and our survival depend on these bonds of history, culture, and memory,” Orban said, echoing Trump. (Absent in either of their remarks were similar paeans to Western ideals such as democracy and the rule of law.) The Hungarian prime minister also celebrated the fact that such statements are being made in public at all: “These words would have been inconceivable anywhere in the Western world two years ago,” he said. He went on to bemoan what is afflicting Europe. “Christian democratic parties in Europe have become un-Christian: we are trying to satisfy the values and cultural expectations of the liberal media and intelligentsia,” Orban said, swatting at the transnational commitments of technocrats in Brussels and growling over his bete noir, Jewish American financier George Soros. “In order for Europe to be able to survive and remain the Europeans’ continent, the European Union must regain its sovereignty from the Soros empire,” Orban said. “Until that happens, we have no chance of retaining Europe for the European people.” Others on the far right are taking matters more directly in their hands. This summer, a group called “Generation Identity” set about trying to challenge the efforts of NGOs such as Doctors Without Borders that are operating ships in the Mediterranean to rescue migrants whose own vessels have sunk or become inoperable. Hoisting a “Defend Europe” banner, they tried to disrupt rescue efforts and even threatened to tow stranded migrants back to sea. Over the weekend, they were confronted by leftist activists in the Sicilian port city of Catania. British journalist Rossalyn Warren described Identity Europe in The Washington Post’s Global Opinion section: “The group is known for its publicity stunts and creepy promotional videos showing white Europeans playing sports in what looks like summer camp for fascists. Their reach hasn’t just been limited to Europe either. Though the group is small – around 400 to 500 members in several countries including Austria, France and Germany – they’ve since been joined in Sicily by high-profile, far-right activists from Canada and the United States. They’ve also been supported by neo-Nazi leaders, including former KKK head David Duke, a vocal supporter of the Defend Europe mission.” Duke, of course, was also a vocal supporter of Trump during last year’s election. The president may disavow these links, but leading far-right ideologues, including Regnery and Bannon, are more coy. Bannon, after all, once described Trump as a “blunt instrument” for his agenda. And although the effect of months of bludgeoning is still hard to measure, it’s impossible to ignore the rhetoric that binds politicians in Central Europe to once-fringe radicals in Tennessee – and Washington.

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‘Young white guys are hopping mad’: confidence grows at far-right gathering – The Guardian

Jared Taylor addressed the crowd at the American Renaissance conference. Photograph: The Washington Post/Getty Images We are soldiers in this war, Jared Taylor told an overwhelmingly male and entirely white audience of around 300 late on Saturday. And we will win. The founder and editor of American Renaissance, once a print magazine and now the internets premier race-realist site, no longer thinks whites can have America to themselves. But he wants an all-white ethnostate, carved out of US territory. This weekend, American Renaissance held its annual conference at a venue in Montgomery Bell state park, an hour west of Nashville, Tennessee. Attendees and speakers clearly felt a growing confidence. They have seen appreciable growth in membership of established and emerging far-right groups. They have also seen the election as president of Donald Trump. Speakers at the event addressed subjects including Race realism and race denialism and Has the white man turned the corner? One considered The Trump report card so far. When Taylor spoke, his audience was generationally diverse. Some, well into middle age or beyond, had heard it all before. But when he asked who was attending for the first time, the great majority raised their hands. Many were millennials. Though all attendees wore conference dress code jacket and tie more than a few younger men sported the fashy haircut, short back and sides with a severe parting, which has become a signature of the so-called alt-right. Many such young men lined up for selfies with Richard Spencer, the president of the white nationalist National Policy Institute thinktank who has achieved fame since greeting the election result with a cry of Hail Trump. Others browsed vendor tables, buying books from Counter-Currents the white nationalist publisher behind Towards the White Republic and In Defense of Prejudice or picking up flyers from Identity Evropa, a group that markets white supremacy to millennials. Taylor said such men were flooding to his group because they were hopping mad. These young white guys, he told the Guardian, they have been told from infancy that they are the villains of history. And I think that the left has completely overplayed its hand. It was not clear if fear or anger was the dominant emotion of the conference. Speaker after speaker addressed the supposed genetic and demographic decline of the west; the supposed low IQ of migrants flooding western countries; supposed links between IQ and social pathology; supposed anti-white propaganda that suffuses our society; supposed academic conspiracies that have worked to cover all this up. A common theme was the supposed propensity of non-whites to crimes like rape. Using color-coded maps, graphs and pictures of human brains, some speakers strove to give racism the kind of scientific respectability it has not claimed since the second world war. Attendees were also told a lot about Trump. Taylor said the billionaire had provided a great deal of excitement when he was elected, but was now viewed with some skepticism. Questioned by the Guardian, Spencer said Trumps policy on Syria and the healthcare debacle were distractions from the only thing this crowd was interested in: immigration. I give him a C, he said. Taylor spoke of war, but acknowledged that he wanted only an ideological battle. Speakers urged the audience not to engage with antifascist protesters gathered outside the venue. One conference attendee nonetheless ended the night, Taylor said, in hospital and under arrest. State police confirmed two arrests on the day. Organized under the banner Oppose the Hate, about 150 protesters spread out from the sidewalk, up a set of stairs and on to a grassy hill overlooking the venue. While more militant activists picketed the front door and took photos of attendees, on the hill there were speakers and a picnic. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) attended. So did anti-gun groups. The Rev Brian Merritt, pastor at Renaissance Presbyterian church in Chattanooga, gestured towards the conference centre. Whats going on in there is sin, he said. White supremacy is sin. Theyre on the wrong side of justice. Groups like American Renaissance were attracted to Tennessee and the south by its politeness and hospitality, he said. But he added: Well-mannered Christianity is going away. The church is not going to be told every time it stands up for justice that that is politics. That is bullshit. It is not political to stand up for justice, especially under this racist administration. Marisa Richmond, from the Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition, said it was important to show up against all forms of bigotry. Its been an annual event for six years, and I think this is the biggest here yet. Theyre feeling empowered. For a long time, explicitly racial views such those propagated by Taylor were marginalized by the culture at large and by mainstream conservatives. Speaking to the Guardian, Taylor said he himself had thought he was just making a racket. But now, he saw himself as part of a rising movement. We are in a state-run facility, he said of the venue for his conference, because most hotels would not withstand pressure [from protesters] of this kind. It was a record crowd, he said. It could have been 150 more.

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The West’s anti-liberal backlash can’t escape its racism – The … – Washington Post

Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today’s WorldView newsletter. The turbulent politics of the past year have hinged on a grand historical premise: Theliberal status quo of the West is in crisis. Figures such asPresident Trump swept into power promising jobs for the disaffected, closed borders for migrants and economic protectionism; his fellow leadersin Europe preached an even more xenophobic message. But in thechaotic months sinceTrump’s inauguration, Europe’s far right suffered electoral setbacks and the president’s own agenda provedsomething of amuddled mess. His campaign-trail populism quickly gave way to policies that favored the mega-rich. What has endured are the identity politics the resentments toward multiculturalism and immigration that galvanized his base, which has remained loyal to Trump even while the president racksup historically low approval ratings. And although the Trump administration tries to distance itself from “white nationalism” and its supposedly fringe adherents, ethnic grievances anchor the West’s anti-liberal backlash.It’s at the heart of the “traditionalist” Christian nationalism embraced by White House chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, who despite various rounds of West Wingpurges has held onto his post. “I think Trump was a legitimatizer,”said William Regnery II, a secretive funderof a slew of “alt-right” organizations that champion extreme anti-immigration politics in the United States. Speaking to BuzzFeed News, Regnery said that white nationalism has gone “from being conversation you could hold in a bathroom to the front parlor.” Over the weekend, a group of committed white nationalists, including some figures directly connected to Regnery’s funding networks, held a conference in Tennessee, debating everything from Trump’s record on race tothe prospect of fashioning some chunk of America intoa whites-only “ethno-state.” Jared Taylor, the founder and editor of American Renaissance, the far-right website that staged the event, spoke to the Guardian about the millennials turned on by his message. “These young white guys,” Taylorsaid, “they have been told from infancy that they are the villains of history. And I think that the left has completely overplayed its hand.” A similar argument ismade by considerably more powerful people in Europe.Last week, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivered a speechin a leafy Romanian town where a majority of the population is ethnic Hungarian. Not many international outlets covered the event far-right website Breitbartwas an exception,gleefully quoting the right-wing premier at length for his call to stop a “Muslimized Europe.” This rhetoric is familiar coming from Orban, an outspoken leader among the European statesmen railing against immigration and the challenge ofMuslim integration into Western societies. (No matter that the E.U. refugee quotas Orban resists would do little to change his nation’s demographic composition.) But this time, he offered a shout-out to Trump, whose nationalist speech in Warsaw in early July clearly thrilled the Hungarian leader. Orban quoted from Trump’s Warsaw address, in which the president warned of anexistential threat facing the Westand appealed to a narrow Christian cultural identity in the face of enemies at the gates. “Our freedom, our civilization and our survival depend on these bonds of history, culture, and memory,” Orban said, echoing Trump. (Absent in either of their remarks were similar paeans to Western ideals such asdemocracy and the rule of law.) The Hungarian prime minister also celebrated the fact that such statements are being made in public at all: “These words would have been inconceivable anywhere in the Western world two years ago,” he said. He went on to bemoan what is afflicting Europe. “Christian democratic parties in Europe have become un-Christian: we are trying to satisfy the values and cultural expectations of the liberal media and intelligentsia,” Orban said, swatting at the transnational commitments of technocrats in Brussels and growling over his bete noir, Jewish American financier George Soros. “In order for Europe to be able to survive and remain the Europeans continent, the European Union must regain its sovereignty from the Soros empire,” Orbansaid. “Until that happens, we have no chance of retaining Europe for the European people.” Others on the far right are taking matters more directly in their hands. This summer, a group called “Generation Identity” set about trying tochallengethe efforts of NGOs such asDoctors Without Borders that are operating ships in the Mediterranean to rescue migrants whose own vessels have sunk or become inoperable. Hoisting a “Defend Europe” banner, they tried to disrupt rescue efforts and even threatened to tow stranded migrants back to sea. Over the weekend, they were confronted by leftist activists in the Sicilian port city of Catania. Britishjournalist Rossalyn Warren described Identity Europe inThe Washington Post’s Global Opinion section: “The group is known for its publicity stunts andcreepy promotional videosshowing white Europeans playing sports in what looks like summer camp for fascists. Their reach hasnt just been limited to Europe either. Though the group is small around 400 to 500 members in several countries including Austria, France and Germany theyve since been joined in Sicily by high-profile, far-right activists from Canada and the United States. Theyve also been supported by neo-Nazi leaders, including former KKK headDavid Duke, a vocal supporter of the Defend Europe mission.” Duke, of course, was also a vocal supporter of Trumpduring last year’s election. The president may disavow these links, but leading far-right ideologues, including Regnery and Bannon, aremore coy. Bannon, after all, once described Trump as a “blunt instrument” for his agenda. And althoughthe effect of months of bludgeoning isstill hard to measure, it’s impossible to ignore the rhetoric that binds politiciansin Central Europe to once-fringe radicals in Tennessee and Washington. Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today’s WorldView newsletter.

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100 Years Ago African-Americans Marched Down 5th Avenue to … – Afro American

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) The only sounds were those of muffled drums, the shuffling of feet and the gentle sobs of some of the estimated 20,000 onlookers. The women and children wore all white. The men dressed in black. On the afternoon of Saturday, July 28, 1917, nearly 10,000 African-Americans marched down Fifth Avenue, in silence, to protest racial violence and White supremacy in the United States. New York City, and the nation, had never before witnessed such a remarkable scene. The Silent Protest Parade, as it came to be known, was the first mass African-American demonstration of its kind and marked a watershed moment in the history of the civil rights movement. As I have written in my book Torchbearers of Democracy, African-Americans during the World War I era challenged racism both abroad and at home. In taking to the streets to dramatize the brutal treatment of black people, the participants of the Silent Protest Parade indicted the United States as an unjust nation. This charge remains true today. One hundred years later, as Black people continue to insist that Black Lives Matter, the Silent Protest Parade offers a vivid reminder about the power of courageous leadership, grassroots mobilization, direct action and their collective necessity in the fight to end racial oppression in our current troubled times. Racial violence and the East St. Louis RiotOne of the great accomplishments of the Black Lives Matter movement has been to demonstrate the continuum of racist violence against Black people throughout American history and also the history of resistance against it. But as we continue to grapple with the hyper-visibility of Black death, it is perhaps easy to forget just how truly horrific racial violence against Black people was a century ago. Prior to the Silent Protest Parade, mob violence and the lynching of African-Americans had grown even more gruesome. In Waco, a mob of 10,000 White Texans attended the May 15, 1916, lynching of a Black farmer, Jesse Washington. One year later, on May 22, 1917, a Black woodcutter, Ell Persons, died at the hands of over 5,000 vengeance-seeking Whites in Memphis. Both men were burned and mutilated, their charred body parts distributed and displayed as souvenirs. Even by these grisly standards, East St. Louis later that same summer was shocking. Simmering labor tensions between White and Black workers exploded on the evening of July 2, 1917. For 24 hours, White mobs indiscriminately stabbed, shot and lynched anyone with Black skin. Men, women, children, the elderly, the disabled no one was spared. Homes were torched and occupants shot down as they attempted to flee. White militia men stood idly by as the carnage unfolded. Some actively participated. The death toll likely ran as high as 200 people. The citys surviving 6,000 Black residents became refugees. East St. Louis was an American pogrom. The fearless African-American anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells traveled to the still smoldering city on July 4 and collected firsthand accounts of the aftermath. She described what she saw as an awful orgy of human butchery. The devastation of East St. Louis was compounded by the fact that America was at war. On April 2, President Woodrow Wilson had thrown the United States into the maelstrom of World War I. He did so by asserting Americas singularly unique place on the global stage and his goal to make the world safe for democracy. In the eyes of Black people, East St. Louis exposed the hypocrisy of Wilsons vision and America itself. The NAACP takes action The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People quickly responded to the massacre. Founded in 1909, the NAACP had yet to establish itself as a truly representative organization for African-Americans across the country. With the exception of W.E.B. Du Bois, one of the NAACPs co-founders and editor of The Crisis magazine, the national leadership was all White. Branches were overwhelmingly located in the North, despite the majority of African-Americans residing below the Mason-Dixon line. As a result, the NAACP had largely failed to respond with a sense of urgency to the everyday horrors endured by the masses of Black folk. James Weldon Johnson changed things. Lawyer, diplomat, novelist, poet and songwriter, Johnson was a true African-American renaissance man. In 1916, Johnson joined the NAACP as a field secretary and made an immediate impact. In addition to growing the organizations southern membership, Johnson recognized the importance of expanding the influence of the NAACPs existing branches beyond the Black elite. Johnson raised the idea of a silent protest march at an executive committee meeting of the NAACP Harlem branch shortly after the East St. Louis riot. Johnson also insisted that the protest include the citys entire Black community. Planning quickly got underway, spearheaded by Johnson and local Black clergymen. A historic day By noon on July 28, several thousand African-Americans had begun to assemble at 59th Street. Crowds gathered along Fifth Avenue. Anxious New York City police officers lined the streets, aware of what was about to take place but, with clubs at the ready, prepared for trouble. At approximately 1 p.m., the protest parade commenced. Four men carrying drums began to slowly, solemnly play. A group of Black clergymen and NAACP officials made up the front line. W.E.B. Du Bois, who had recently returned from conducting an NAACP investigation in East St. Louis, and James Weldon Johnson marched side by side. The parade was a stunning spectacle. At the front, women and children wearing all-white gowns symbolized the innocence of African-Americans in the face of the nations guilt. The men, bringing up the rear and dressed in dark suits, conveyed both a mournful dignity and stern determination to stand up for their rights as citizens. They carried signs and banners shaming America for its treatment of Black people. Some read, Your hands are full of blood, Thou Shalt Not Kill, Mothers, do lynchers go to heaven? Others highlighted the wartime context and the hollowness of Americas ideals: We have fought for the liberty of white Americans in six wars; our reward was East St. Louis, Patriotism and loyalty presuppose protection and liberty, Make America safe for Democracy. Throughout the parade, the marchers remained silent. The New York Times described the protest as one of the most quiet and orderly demonstrations ever witnessed. The silence was finally broken with cheers when the parade concluded at Madison Square. Legacy of the Silent Protest ParadeThe Silent Protest Parade marked the beginning of a new epoch in the long Black freedom struggle. While adhering to a certain politics of respectability, a strategy employed by African-Americans that focused on countering racist stereotypes through dignified appearance and behavior, the protest, within its context, constituted a radical claiming of the public sphere and a powerful affirmation of Black humanity. It declared that a New Negro had arrived and launched a Black public protest tradition that would be seen in the parades of the Universal Negro Improvement Association, the civil rights demonstrations of the 1960s and the Black Lives Matter marches of today. The Silent Protest Parade reminds us that the fight against racist violence and the killing of Black people remains just as relevant now as it did 100 years ago. Black death, whether at the hands of a Baton Rouge police officer or White supremacist in Charleston, is a specter that continues to haunt this nation. The expendability of Black bodies is American tradition, and history speaks to the long endurance of this violent legacy. But history also offers inspiration, purpose and vision. Ida B. Wells, James Weldon Johnson and other freedom fighters of their generation should serve as models for activists today. That the Silent Protest Parade attracted Black people from all walks of life and backgrounds attests to the need for organizations like the NAACP, following its recent national convention, to remember and embrace its origins. And, in building and sustaining the current movement, we can take lessons from past struggles and work strategically and creatively to apply them to the present. Because, at their core, the demands of Black people in 2017 remain the same as one of the signs raised to the sky on that July afternoon in 1917: Give me a chance to live. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article here: http://theconversation.com/100-years-ago-african-americans-marched-down-5th-avenue-to-declare-that-black-lives-matter-81427. This is a link to an original AFRO, August 4, 1917 article on the Silent March in New York: https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=jiUmAAAAIBAJ&sjid=7P0FAAAAIBAJ&pg=2444%2C277811

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Group with race agenda is met by protesters at conference – WZTV

Protesters say American Renaissance is a hate group (WZTV). BURNS, Tenn. — A group that claims to protect the rights of white people is met with resistance, as its members gather for their annual conference at a Tennessee State Park Saturday. For six years and counting, the American Renaissance Conference has claimed to come in peace to Montgomery Bell State Park. “American Renaissance is standing up for the rights of white people just like every other race, says Jared Taylor, The biggest misconception about American Renaissance is that we are some kind of threat to any other group. But a strong group of opponents, believe their mission has other motives. They routinely go after people of color whether they be black, Hispanic, Muslim, and try to encourage people to be just as hostile to them as they are, says Daryle Lamont Jenkins, Executive Director of One Peoples Project. You’re basically looking at the klan, you’re basically looking at neo Nazis. Jenkins, along with many other opponents, argue members of an organization that’s been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center have no place congregating on public land. “This is wrong. You’ve got a hate group, they are a hate group, I dont care how many times they say theyre not. They are having a conference, bringing all those haters to a state park that belongs to all of us, says Kat Hitchcock, of Nashville. The group counters it is their right to be there. “What I find contemptable about these protesters, is that they want to shut us down. They want to prevent the State of Tennessee from allowing us to gather and express ourselves, says Taylor. Over the years, both sides have claimed to engage in a dialogue of their differences with no luck. They may just have to agree to disagree for now. The state says as long as they follow the rules, the American Renaissance is allowed to stay. At last check, there were no reported incidents between the American Renaissance Conference, and those protesting it.

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