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February 5, 2014 0

ProEnglish Attacks Super Bowl Ad Promoting America’s Diversity

The anti-immigrant group Pro­Eng­lish is ask­ing its activists to con­tact Coca-Cola about an ad the cor­po­ra­tion aired dur­ing the Super Bowl depict­ing peo­ple of dif­fer­ent eth­nic­i­ties singing “Amer­ica, the Beau­ti­ful” in a num­ber of dif­fer­ent lan­guages.  Pro­Eng­lish claims the ad “directly under­mined the spirit of national unity ‘Amer­ica, the Beau­ti­ful’ was intended to fos­ter.” The group went one step fur­ther, claim­ing Coke should “pro­mote civic unity, not disunity.”pro-english-liberty-bell-adl

ProEnglish’s attacks on the Coca-Cola Cor­po­ra­tion should be seen in light of its nativist agenda and xeno­pho­bic ori­gins and ties. John Tan­ton, the racist archi­tect of the modern-day anti-immigrant move­ment, founded Pro­Eng­lish in 1994. Tan­ton once wrote, “I’ve come to the point of view that for European-American soci­ety and cul­ture to per­sist requires a European-American major­ity, and a clear one at that.” Tan­ton remains on the Pro­Eng­lish board to this day and though the orga­ni­za­tion is based in DC, it remains a “self-governing project” of Tanton’s Michigan-based umbrella anti-immigrant orga­ni­za­tion, U.S., Inc.

The goals of Pro­Eng­lish are to pass English-only bills at the local and state level as well as to make Eng­lish the offi­cial lan­guage of the United States. These laws are often divi­sive. They limit access to the full range of gov­ern­ment rights and ben­e­fits for immi­grants resid­ing in the United States. These laws also do not include steps to estab­lish pro­grams where immi­grants can learn Eng­lish. ProEnglish’s agenda divides com­mu­ni­ties in the United States over the issue of immigration.

The organization’s staff and activ­i­ties are also prob­lem­atic.  ProEnglish’s exec­u­tive direc­tor, Robert Van­der­voort, is report­edly the for­mer head of the white suprema­cist group Chicagoland Friends of Amer­i­can Renais­sance, a local chap­ter of the white suprema­cist orga­ni­za­tion Amer­i­can Renais­sance. Pro­Eng­lish spon­sored a panel at the 2012 CPAC con­fer­ence in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., fea­tur­ing a num­ber of racist speak­ers includ­ing Peter Brimelow, founder of the racist anti-immigrant web­site VDARE and John Der­byshire, a racist for­mer National Review con­trib­u­tor who spoke at the 2013 Amer­i­can Renais­sance con­fer­ence. Later in 2012, Pro­Eng­lish sent a let­ter to House and Sen­ate lead­ers in oppo­si­tion of the issue of Puerto Rican state­hood. A num­ber of racists signed the let­ter includ­ing John Vin­son, a found­ing mem­ber of the League of the South (LOS), a racist neo-Confederate orga­ni­za­tion. Vin­son was cred­ited with draft­ing the “Kin­ism State­ment,” a set of guid­ing prin­ci­ples for a mod­ern white suprema­cist inter­pre­ta­tion of Chris­tian­ity called “Kinism.”

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February 21, 2012 1

Geert Wilders Launches Anti-Immigrant Website

Rad­i­cal anti-Muslim Dutch law­maker Geert Wilders has started a new web­site pro­mot­ing his party’s anti-immigrant plat­form. The web­site, called “Hot­line for Report­ing Cen­tral and East­ern Euro­peans,” allows vis­i­tors to sub­mit a com­plaint if they have “lost [their] job to a Pole, Bul­gar­ian, Roman­ian or other Cen­tral or East­ern Euro­pean.” Wilders claims the web­site, which has been widely con­demned by sev­eral EU nations, has already received 40,000 submissions.
In the last sev­eral years, Wilders has been embraced by U.S.-based anti-Muslim big­ots like Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, and has served as the keynote speaker at demon­stra­tions orga­nized by Stop Islamiza­tion of Amer­ica (SIOA), an orga­ni­za­tion led by Geller and Spencer that pro­motes a con­spir­a­to­r­ial anti-Muslim agenda under the guise of fight­ing rad­i­cal Islam. In 2009, Geller claimed to have per­son­ally financed Wilders’s trip to the U.S., dur­ing which he attended the Con­ser­v­a­tive Polit­i­cal Action Con­fer­ence in Wash­ing­ton, DC. Soon after, Geller accom­pa­nied Wilders on a speak­ing tour, vis­it­ing syn­a­gogues and uni­ver­sity cam­puses in sev­eral U.S. cities.

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February 10, 2012 0

Panelists at CPAC Attack Multiculturalism

The 2012 Con­ser­v­a­tive Polit­i­cal Action Con­fer­ence (CPAC) fea­tured a panel on mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism on Feb­ru­ary 9, which was hosted by Pro­Eng­lish, an orga­ni­za­tion whose mis­sion is to make Eng­lish the offi­cial lan­guage of the United States. 

John Tan­ton, who has expressed racist views and is the archi­tect of the mod­ern anti-immigrant move­ment, founded Pro­Eng­lish and is still on the organization’s board. Robert Van­der­voort, the head of Pro­Eng­lish, hosted the panel.
One of the main speak­ers on the panel was Peter Brimelow, who runs the racist Web site VDARE that fea­tures the works of white suprema­cists, anti-Semites and anti-immigrant activists. Brimelow asserted that mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism and bilin­gual­ism were exam­ples of “mod­ern polit­i­cal dis­eases.” He mostly focused on Canada as an exam­ple of how bilin­gual­ism has destroyed a soci­ety but claimed that Amer­ica could fol­low the same exam­ple if bilin­gual­ism was insti­tu­tion­al­ized in the United States. 
Peter Brimelow
Brimelow alleged that kids can­not get a job at MacDonald’s because they can’t speak Span­ish – a trend he described as a “fero­cious attack on liv­ing stan­dards of the Amer­i­can work­ing class…just as immi­gra­tion pol­icy in gen­eral is.” Later, in the Q&A sec­tion, Brimelow said that Democ­rats had given up on “the white work­ing class,” and that this was “treason.”
One of Brimelow’s co-panelists was John Der­byshire, a National Review con­trib­u­tor who strad­dles the line between the main­stream and the extrem­ist worlds. He has shared the stage with racist speak­ers at the H.L Mencken Club, a far-right orga­ni­za­tion. Der­byshire also agreed to speak at the 2010 white suprema­cist Amer­i­can Renais­sance con­fer­ence, which was later can­celled. At CPAC, Der­byshire warned that “racism will reemerge in a new and more vir­u­lent form” because the ten­sion between what the white elite is sup­posed to think and what it actu­ally thinks about race will reach a break­ing point of “cog­ni­tive dissonance.”
A sur­prise guest at the panel was Con­gress­man Steve King (R-IA), who has made a num­ber of vir­u­lently anti-immigrant state­ments over the years. King is try­ing to pass a bill which will make Eng­lish the offi­cial lan­guage of the United States.

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