Opponent of Diversity Prompts Spirited Discussion

The editor of American Renaissance speaks at William and Mary.

More than 150 students, faculty and staff members attended a forum Thursday at the College of William and Mary to hear and question an opponent of diversity and multicultural initiatives.

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His 40-minute speech, however, was followed by nearly an hour of spirited discussion with the crowd, with dozens of people raising their hands at each chance to ask a question.

During his prepared remarks, Taylor pointed to Denmark, Japan and China as examples of prosperous “http://www.wvwnews.net/story.php?id=1064" countries. Meanwhile, he said, companies spend an estimated $8 billion a year to train employees on diversity programs in the United States.

“If it were a wonderful thing,” he said of diversity, “they would seek it out.”Taylor pointed to writings of historical figures to support his view, and he cited specific studies and some academic scholars who researched the costs of diversity initiatives and their economic yield. They also supported his view that increased diversity — specifically, racial diversity — was a weakness, he said.

Although he opposes forced integration, he said, he isn’t advocating forced segregation. Instead, people could associate freely, he said.

“Human beings are tribal and tend to feel most comfortable around people they know,” he said.

The speech was held at a school that has taken significant steps in the past several years to increase campus diversity. Those have included increasing the enrollment of minority students and establishing a scholarship program to help lower-income students earn a degree.