Racism and Class Notes

The alumni news section of the college magazine, no matter which college one attended, is generally pretty much the same. Those entries, if not exactly modest, are generally pretty tasteful and uncontroversial. Indeed, one could read the entries from almost any class and rarely notice anything interesting from year to year. Another wedding, another baby, another promotion.

All of which made the note Jared Taylor sent to the 1973 class secretary at Yale, his alma mater, a little shocking. Taylor, the founder of the New Century Foundation was apparently responsible for this cheery little note:

Did you know that one of your classmates is officially considered a “hate-monger” by the Southern Poverty Law Center? I believe this is a first for Yale. You can judge for yourself whether I am a “hater” if you read my just-released book, White Identity: Racial Counscious in the 21st Centruy Race is a tricky subject and certainly confirms Mark Twain’s observation that nothing astonishes people more than to tell them the truth!”

Technically it doesn’t appear that he’s actually considered at ‘hate-monger’ by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which doesn’t appear to categorize people using that term, he does show up on a list of “profiles of various prominent extremists and extremist organizations. It also examines the histories and core beliefs – or ideologies – of the most common types of extremist movements.”

These are people the SPLC believes to be working against progressiveness and for the causes of racial separation and intolerance. Pretty sure Taylor isn’t the only Yalie who promoted racist thinking.

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer