One-Time American Renaissance Writer Ian Jobling Repudiates Racist Editor Jared Taylor
From 2003 to 2006, Ian Jobling worked for prominent white nationalist Jared Taylor in Taylor’s home office in Oakton, Va. Jobling was an unlikely racist; his parents were liberal academics and Jobling had attended the best schools in Louisville, Ky. He was pursuing a Ph.D. at State University of New York, Buffalo, in the late 1990s, when he was first attracted to racial theories about IQ. While working for Taylor, Jobling turned Taylor’s website, amren.com, into a powerhouse of white nationalism, in particular by creating a popular daily news roundup that brought thousands of viewers to the site. Jobling also served as an editor and a writer for Taylor’s race and IQ journal, American Renaissance. Jobling’s concerns about Taylor’s politics came to a head in 2006, when several prominent neo-Nazis attended one of Taylor’s biannual conferences. Jewish white nationalists who were there objected to the anti-Semites also attending the event and a full-throttle debate over anti-Semitism in the white nationalist scene erupted. Jobling, who had never countenanced anti-Semitism, pushed for the expulsion of anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers from Taylor’s conferences, helping draft an open letter to Taylor to that effect. His views became problematic for Taylor, who, while not personally anti-Semitic, was willing to accept anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers in an attempt to build a larger movement. Troubling as the anti-Semites were, Jobling came to see even more danger from white nationalist ideology, eventually concluding that it had more in common with Hitler’s genocidal views than what had seemed like a mild-mannered, scientific discussion about race and IQ.