Josh Arntz, Tennessean, April 9, 2013
“One, two, three, four, don’t go in that hotel door. Five, six, seven, eight, we don’t want no fascist state,” a handful of protestors shouted Friday.
The group–they named their protest the Coalition to Shut Down AmRen–voiced their displeasure with the annual American Renaissance conference at the Montgomery Bell State Park inn and conference center using shouts and a bullhorn.
An AmRen member attending the conference, Gerald Martin, former teacher and Texas resident, said there is no organization that addresses the issues of white people.
“This is the only voice out there that wants to address the interests of white people, and dare to say sometimes the interests of white people are different from the interests of black people or Latino people, and it is almost forbidden in American society for someone to be a self-consciously white person who stands up for himself,” Martin said.
Topics included “The Politics of Ideas,” “Othering,” “Media and Stereotypes,” “Capitalism and Xenophobia,” “Race, Class and Power,” “The First Amendment: the Marketplace of Ideas” and other related topics.
Rachel Davies from Middle Tennessee State University gave a speech entitled: “Hybrid Vigor: Biochemically Deconstructing the Notion of Racial Purity.”
Davies said AmRen’s scientific stance on the desirability of racial purity goes against science. Davis said human biology aims to make people hardier by broadening genetic makeup. Davies said what she termed as genetic closeness causes “inbreeding depression.”