In obvious response to Taylor`s press conference, the hopelessly liberal Charlotte Observer editorialized, albeit with personal slurs, in his support:
"Democracy does not survive in any place where dissident ideas are silenced," Taylor said. He`s right on that, at least. It`s not [Charlotte Mayor pro tem] Cannon`s job or anyone else`s to deny American Renaissance its basic rights. Doing so has given this man from another century a visibility he never would have had.
Free speech covers all, even the primitive: White nationalist group shouldn`t be run out of town, Charlotte Observer, Jan 31. 2011.
The "primitive" Taylor is, of course, a graduate of Yale and the Institut d`?‰tudes Politiques de Paris and is fluent in French and Japanese.
Still, the Observer has to be given credit for dropping its previous insistence that Taylor was a "white supremacist". There`s a difference.
In a fair report, the Examiner`s Michael Tuggle provides an example of the primitive Taylor in action:
The reporter for Mi Gente asked Taylor if his group was white supremacist. He responded that the people of Japan or Israel or Mexico could be called â€?supremacistâ€? because of those nationsâ€™ strict enforcement of immigration laws. Then he asked the reporter a question. â€?Your paper is called â€?Mi Gente,â€™ which means â€?my people.â€™ Who are your people?â€?
â€?Everyone,â€? she said, raising her hands in the air.
â€?Everyone?â€? Taylor asked.
The reporter shrugged. â€?The entire Latino community."
Taylor pounced on this. â€?And if you wanted to associate with your people, or hold a conference, do you think you would be allowed to do so here in Charlotte?â€?
The reporter busily scribbled notes.
Judging from the comment threads, Taylorâ€™s message is reaching Americans, if not their ruling class.