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May 7, 2015

Point of Contention: A Fractured White Supremacist Take on Immigration

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Richard Spencer has advocated for a white ethno-state

For over a hundred years, since the Ku Klux Klan of the early 20th century loudly proclaimed its commitment to “100% Americanism,” fighting immigration has been one of the most consistent hallmarks of white supremacists in the United States. For many, immigration was nothing less than a sinister Jewish plan to flood America with non-whites and thereby weaken and ultimately destroy the white race.

Because of strongly held convictions such as these, it is no surprise that white supremacists have so often been at the forefront of anti-immigration activism. From Ku Klux Klan members holding anti-immigration protests to neo-Nazis engaged in vigilante patrols along the U.S.-Mexican border to closeted white supremacists setting up “mainstream” anti-immigration organizations, these groups have consistently been a major segment of America’s extreme anti-immigrant fringes.

Yet the evolution of the white supremacist movement in the United States reveals an interesting phenomenon. Though white supremacists remain united in their intense dislike of immigration and their belief in its alleged danger to the white race, clear divergences of opinion have emerged among them about how they ought to respond—or, indeed, whether they ought to respond at all.

It may be too generous to call them “schools of thought,” but several clear approaches to the issue of immigration now clearly exist among white supremacists, each essentially stemming from a different set of opinions on how to “preserve” the white race.

The differing approaches include:

  • Continuing actively to fight against immigration by attempting to mobilize fearful or angry whites using rhetorical strategies that include a focus on changing demographics in the United States;
  • Abandoning the active fight against immigration to focus instead on creating white enclaves within a multicultural United States, where whites could live with and support each other in a sort of voluntary self-segregation; and
  • Also giving up on fighting immigration into the United States but going a step further by creating a separate ethno-state for whites only—an independent white “homeland.”

Each of these viewpoints is reflected in the ideas or writings of an advocate. Though white supremacists have different approaches to the subject of immigration, all are ultimately reacting to the projection that whites will become a minority in the United States in the coming decades.

Read the full article: Point of Contention: A Fractured White Supremacist Take on Immigration

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March 25, 2015

A Wave of Ugly Rhetoric Targeting Muslim Immigrants

In the last few months, some anti-immigrant activists as well as some anti-Muslim bloggers writing about Muslim immigration have ratcheted up their anti-Muslim rhetoric. Even more disturbing, some national and local political figures have joined the ranks of those who proclaim that Muslims are unable to assimilate into American culture. They have declared that Muslims are invading the country with the intent to take it over.

Anti-Muslim protest in Texas

Anti-Muslim protest in Texas

This kind of anti-immigrant rhetoric is not new. The same kind of sentiment has also been directed at Latino immigrants, particularly Mexicans. For example, anti-immigrant extremists have long promoted the Atzlan conspiracy theory that claims that Mexican immigrants are planning on taking over the Southwestern part of the United States. Today’s focus is increasingly on Muslim immigration, which is seen as far more insidious.

Anti-immigrant activists are using the atrocities committed by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) and Muslim extremists to generate fear about all Muslims, including American citizens. Anti-immigrant bloggers such as Colorado-based Frosty Wooldridge (until recently a board member of the Federation for American Immigration Reform) and California-based Brenda Walker use virulent anti-Muslim rhetoric to demonize Muslims.

To read more see: A Wave of Ugly Rhetoric Targeting Muslim Immigrants

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March 17, 2015

CAPS Provides Platform for Anti-Immigrant Extremists

Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS), a Santa Barbara-based anti-immigrant organization, claims that its mission is to stabilize the population of California and preserve the environment but it actually provides a platform for a number of anti-immigrant extremists. CAPS senior writing fellows Joe Guzzardi and John Vinson have ties to racist groups. In addition, CAPS features columns from anti-immigrant extremist Frosty Wooldridge, also a CAPS senior writing fellow, as well as anti-immigrant activist D. A. King.

John Vinson

John Vinson

Joe Guzzardi, who is also CAPS’s national media director, was an editor and writer at the racist, anti-immigrant website VDARE until 2010. In 2012, he presented at The Social Contract Press (TSCP) Writers Workshop, which often features racist speakers. White supremacist Wayne Lutton runs the Writer’s Workshop and also edits TSCP’s journal, The Social Contract. Racist John Tanton, the architect of the modern anti-immigrant movement, is the founder of TSCP.

John Vinson is the president of the extreme anti-immigrant group American Immigration Control Foundation (AICF). He is also a founding member of the League of the South (LOS), a white Southern nationalist group.. Vinson has been credited with drafting the “Kinism Statement,” a set of guiding principles for a modern white supremacist interpretation of Christianity called “Kinism,” which promotes the idea that whites should live separately from other races. In addition, in 1999, Vinson spoke at a meeting of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens, along with other anti-immigrant extremists.

Frosty Wooldridge, is well-known for his extreme statements about immigrants. His current focus is on Muslim immigration. He has written a multi-part series called “Impregnating America with Muslims,” in the right-wing online publication NewsWithViews from December 2014 through this month. In the series, Wooldridge demonizes Muslims and equates all Muslims with terrorists. In December 2014, he wrote, “In order to be faithful to the Islamic religion, Muslims ultimately must degrade and kill all other people who follow any other religions.” Wooldridge has also given interviews over the last year to anti-Semitic venues, including the American Free Press, a conspiracy-oriented newspaper and “The Jeff Rense Program,” a conspiracy-oriented Internet radio show.

D.A King, the founder of the Georgia-based anti-immigrant group Dustan Inman Society, has a history of making bigoted statements about immigrants and of working with the more extreme elements of the anti-immigrant movement. For a number of years, King wrote articles for VDARE. In 2007, he reportedly claimed that undocumented immigrants are “not here to mow your lawn—they’re here to blow up your buildings and kill your children, and you and me.” This past summer, in response to the children seeking refuge in the U.S after fleeing from violence in Central America, he asserted that the children were “swarming the border and bringing disease.” In addition, King has been a contributor to The Social Contract.

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