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Jared Taylor ’73

Jared Taylor ’73 calls himself a “racial realist.” Other people call him a white supremacist. But this week, Taylor found himself and his organization accused of anti-Semitism—a charge rejected not only by Taylor, but by one of his toughest critics, the Southern Poverty Law Center—and of a “possible link” to Arizona mass-murder defendant Jared Loughner.

The allegation came from Fox News, which reported Sunday on a supposed “law enforcement memo” about the January 8 shootings in Tucson that killed six people and wounded 14 others, including his apparent target, the Jewish congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. “Strong suspicion is being directed at American Renaissance,” Taylor’s organization, Fox said, adding that the document described American Renaissance as “anti government, anti immigration, anti ZOG (Zionist Occupational Government), anti Semitic.”

Turns out Taylor, who once told Phil Donahue that Jews “look white to me,” doesn’t truck with anti-Semitism. And as Politico detailed on Tuesday, there’s no apparent basis for linking Loughner and Taylor.

“We’re the victim,” Taylor complained. “Here you’ve got some government agency allegedly saying we’re a bunch of anti-government anti-Semites who [pal] around with deranged killers. Do you like that on your official biography?”

Officially, Taylor does believe that white intellectual superiority “is about as close to proven as anything ever is in the social sciences.”

“Blacks are not stupid,” he writes—by which he means, black people know they are stupid. “They see how so many blacks fail despite the opportunities given them. Racial differences in intelligence are as plausible to them as to anyone else as an explanation for the world as they find it.”

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