Alistair MacDonald, Wall Street Journal, February 25, 2010
Nick Griffin, the leader of the far right British National Party, has found a country where it is even tougher to get heard than in his own–the U.S.
Griffin had lined up three venues to speak at this month in a visit to the U.S. But all three were canceled, leaving Griffin with a familiar feeling.
In the U.S., Griffin was set to speak at a conference hosted by American Renaissance, an online magazine for “race-realist information and perspectives,” outside of Washington. The conference was canceled when protesters made life miserable for hotels that had agreed to take American Renaissance’s bookings, according to Jared Taylor, who helps run the magazine.
For Taylor, his British contact’s difficulties in finding a U.S. podium are about freedom of speech. “This is not the kind of thing you would expect from the home of the brave and the land of the free,” he said.
Next up, a speaking engagement at Michigan State University was also canceled by the students who sent the invitation, a university spokesman said. The spokesman said he didn’t have many other details.
A Griffin spokesman was sanguine, saying Griffin is very busy with his job as a member of the European Parliament.
Griffin is as unimpressed with the U.S. president. “For at the very heart of Barack Obama there is a deep-seated anti-white racism,” he said on his Web site. The BNP man’s prediction for Obama’s presidency is one of waste in which he will end up “increasing handouts to those he sees as ‘his people.” And for America itself, Griffin believes that as “its European-American founders become a minority in their own country” we will witness the death of “America as anything other than a geographical expression.”