By Jeremy Beaman
Jared Taylor, founder of the online magazine American Renaissance and advocate of “race realism,” will not speak at the University of Alabama on Thursday as planned because the organization that invited him is no longer an eligible student group, according to a university statement published Monday.
Students for America First “does not currently meet the registered student organization requirements,” the statement said. “Prior to having its registered status withdrawn and becoming inactive, the group had an opportunity to comply with the requirements of a registered UA student organization, but was unable to do so.”
The statement continued, “For any student group to host an event through UA’s student event registration process, it must be a registered student organization, which requires, among other things, having a full-time UA faculty or staff advisor. This content-neutral policy applies to all student groups, regardless of a group’s views or the substance of its proposed event.”
Reports late last month of Taylor’s scheduled visit garnered a strong reaction from university president Stuart Bell, who discouraged students from attending the event.
“The best way to demonstrate distaste for hateful dialogue is not to give it an audience,” Bell wrote in an email to university faculty and students, according to AL.com.
“Many in the campus community, including campus leadership, have strong feelings against the messages this person may espouse,” Bell continued. “The security of our campus is our absolute priority. Hate and bigotry have no place at The University of Alabama. Our community is diverse, inclusive and accepting, and we are committed to treating one another respectfully. We value the ways diversity enriches our University community.”