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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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