Whether or not Jared Laughner is directly connected to the group is unclear, there is reference to the group in his MySpace and YouTube videos, which makes the group come under close scrutiny at this time in the Arizona shooting. The American Renaissance is a white supremacist group that operates under the guise of a think tank which is named the New Century Foundation. This group primarily runs a magazine and holds conferences based on eugenics and the racial superiority of whites, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The group loosely considers its members to be “racial-realists,” according to an “About Us” section on the American Renaissance magazine website. “Attempts to gloss over the significance of race or even to deny its reality only make problems worse,” the group writes. “Progress requires the study of all aspects of race, whether historical, cultural, or biological. This approach is known as race realism.”
The pseudo-science in the magazine refers to biological superiority of whites, with titles such as “Swine Flu: Is There a Racial Link?” and “Ignoring Biological Reality Means Social and Economic Catastrophe.” After the election in 2008 of President Barack Obama, the magazine ran a feature called “Transition to Black Rule?”, which goes hand in hand with their ideology.
This group is vehemently opposed to the legal and illegal entry of non-whites into the United States and supports Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration law, which was criticized as a racist act and challenged by the Obama Administrations Justice Department. In an introduction to readers when the magazine was first started in the year 1990, the publication wrote that “blacks and Hispanics are, compared to whites, far more likely to be poor, illiterate, on welfare, or in jail; they are far more likely to have illegitimate children, be addicted to drugs, or have AIDS. By no definition of international competitiveness can the presence of these populations be anything but a disadvantage.” Interestingly enough, as the Arizona shooting unfolds, Gabrielle Giffords was opposed to this immigration law.
The group’s connection to anti-Semitism seems to be slightly more complicated however. Although Holocaust deniers and neo-Nazis are often present at New Century Foundation conferences, group founder Jared Taylor cracked down on anti-Semitic speech in the magazine and at conference events, according to Southern Poverty Law Center. But after an anti-Semitic outburst at the 2006 conference, the group lost some of its Jewish supporters.
So as the story from Tucson unfolds, the American Renaissance Group comes Under Suspicion and scrutiny in the Arizona Shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords as she battles for her life. What ever happened to the freedom of speech? Peace my friends and our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of this senseless violence.