Posted on April 22, 2016

Diversity Divide: KSU Professor Debates White Nationalist

Brad Bowman, State Journal, April 21, 2016

White nationalist Jared Taylor didn’t win any hearts or minds during a racial diversity debate at Kentucky State University Thursday night which ended with more students questioning his reasoning than accepting his answers.

Kentucky State University political professor Wilfred Reilly debated against Taylor, a well-known white nationalist, who said he speaks on the issue of race from an unorthodox point of view and he disagrees with the notion that racial diversity is the United States’ greatest strength.

According to Taylor, racial diversity is a constant source of tension and conflict, not just in the states but across the globe.

If the U.S. was made up of one race and racial diversity hadn’t occurred by African slaves coming to America, the bloodshed of the Civil War and the violence during the Civil Rights Movement wouldn’t have happened, Taylor said.


“There are three primary arguments for diversity,” Reilly said. “The least importantly . . . diversity makes life more interesting . . . Indian food, Spanish clubs, white quarterbacks and African-American tennis players.”

The second argument for diversity, Reilly said, is the removal of tribal or clan warfare. He said the most violent countries are usually those comprised of one race and one religion.

The third point for racial diversity is “making the swirl possible–the real genetic mixing and improvement of the human race.”

“Even if it were true that black people were all 6’6” super athletes that were all brilliant lovers and white people were all incredible geniuses that could swim 10 pool lengths,” Reilly said, “even those things were accurate–I don’t mean to be crude–the logical solution wouldn’t be racism. It would be to have as much interracial sex as possible.”


Onaje Cunningham, a KSU student from Louisville, gave Taylor the first emotionally charged question of the night saying both whites and blacks commit crimes at the same rate and that Europeans assimilated easier in the U.S. because of the color of their skin.

“What is the root of your racist rhetoric?” Cunningham asked. “Is it for preservation or due to fear?”

“I talk about these things because I think it’s important to base a society on a realistic understanding of human nature not on a fantasy,” Taylor said. “Whites and blacks can see the same thing and find something completely different. Ferguson is an excellent example.”