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Promoting 'Preservation' Of Whites in Suit and Tie
"I see nothing but hate, xenophobia and racism," said Marco Del Fuego of the Washington-based Olive Branch Community.
Conference participants said they had a range of reasons for making what was for many a long trip to Northern Virginia.
Robert Baldacci, who works in manufacturing quality control in Roanoke, said that this was the first time he had participated in such a meeting but that he had long had a nagging sense that white people should do more to protect their interests as a group. "It would be lazy if any group ignored itself," he said.
Asked if he views himself as a racist, he said: "I think it depends if you're saying racist in a negative way," adding that "in some definition of racist," his critics would "be correct, just like the Congressional Black Caucus" is racist, in his view. "I was in a lot of debates last night at the bar. I'm not as extreme as a lot of these folks," he said.
Conference participant Michael Regan, an assistant district attorney in New York's Allegany County, said U.S. policies on immigration, trade and "demographics" have put the country on the wrong path. "You can see European Christian Americans are an endangered species," he said, asserting that the accurate description of conference participants is "white preservationists" rather than "white supremacists."
Some in Herndon said they were horrified that their community had drawn such an event.
Tina Smith, an auditor at Raytheon Co., which is based nearby, went by the hotel yesterday to pick up a visitor for a day out. Instead, Smith, who is African American, said she found herself wondering about the safety of her friend, who is also African American.
"Sometimes, they cover up hate organizations by saying they are 'pro-white,' " Smith said. "Well, shoot, I'm pro-white. I'm pro-everybody, just as long as it's inclusive. It sounds like they are pro-white from an exclusive perspective."
Idalia Rivara was cleaning the men's room adjacent to the conference ballroom.
"It's no good," the hotel maid said of the conference. "The meeting for discrimination, no? I don't know how to explain it to you, but my country, El Salvador, is very good."