White Extremist Conference Coming To Middle Tennessee

Posted at 10:39 PM, Jun 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-26 23:48:30-04

The white extremist group American Renaissance is set to hold a conference at Montgomery Bell State Park in Dickson County.

The inn there was quiet on Monday but in four weeks the area will be packed with folks for the American Renaissance Conference.

The American Renaissance magazine was founded in 1990 by Jared Taylor, an American white nationalist and white supremacist who told us  the conference has occurred at the state park every year since 2012, mainly because a government owned building and property cannot succumb to protest intimidation like private hotels in the past.

On it's website attendees are invited to "discuss the way forward for White America and the Western World."

In the neighboring city of Burns, a small town with a southern hospitality flair,  Ramona and James Tucker learn who's coming to town. "We are a nation of diversity now and it's going to stay that way, it's not going to change," said Ramona. 

"It may sound corny, but it's time to end all that nonsense," James added. "I mean we're all God's people and we're all here together in the same world so why not try use some of that anger and just be nice." 

According to the American Renaissance website, the conference is scheduled from July 28 - July 30 near Nashville at the Montgomery Bell Inn and Conference Center where every room is already booked.

However, attendees will likely have some neighbors. Critics are planning to protest the event in the park that weekend. 

Taylor also said the conference is outgrowing the venue at Montgomery Bell State Park and may have to take a risk and book with a private hotel in the future.