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Hotel cancels white supremacist event

Hotel cancels white supremacist event

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Feb. 1 (UPI) -- A white supremacist says he still plans to hold a weekend conference in Charlotte, N.C. despite a local hotel's decision to back out of hosting the event.

Jared Taylor denounced the Sheraton Charlotte Airport hotel and two city council members he alleged helped persuade the hotel to cancel the planned weekend gathering, the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer reported Monday.

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Taylor, editor of a Virginia-based magazine of "racial-realist thought" called the American Renaissance, had expected to draw more than 100 people to the Charlotte conference, the newspaper said.

The magazine is published by the non-profit New Century Foundation.

The Sheraton canceled last Tuesday, saying in a statement, "Upon learning of the extremely controversial views of the New Century Foundation, the Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel elected to cancel this organization's booking."

"No outside entities played a role in this decision," the statement said. "This event was originally confirmed only because those involved in the booking were unaware of the unique dynamics associated with this group."

Taylor accused Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon and city Councilman Warren Turner of contacting local hotels in an effort to block the conference.

"As you know, Mr. Cannon and Mr. Turner are both black," said Taylor, who demanded apologies from both men.

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"I can appreciate (Taylor's) level of concern," Cannon said later. "But I cannot apologize for advocating for the safety and well-being of his organization. Nor can I apologize for the safety and well being of people in the city of Charlotte."

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