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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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September 13, 2013 1

Anti-Immigrant Activists And Extremists React To Barbara Coe’s Death

On August 31 racist anti-immigrant activist Bar­bara Coe, the founder of the anti-Hispanic hate group Cal­i­for­nia Coali­tion for Immi­gra­tion Reform (CCIR), passed away. Fol­low­ing her death, a num­ber of anti-immigrant activists and extrem­ists responded with mes­sages prais­ing her work.barbara-coe

Coe spent much of her later life demo­niz­ing immi­grants in Cal­i­for­nia and work­ing with a num­ber of extrem­ists in an effort to advance her nativist cause. Coe was cred­ited with lead­ing the grass­roots effort to pass California’s anti-immigrant leg­is­la­tion Propo­si­tion 187 in 1994. Accord­ing to a 2005 arti­cle in the Amer­i­can Prospect, Coe described undoc­u­mented immi­grant work­ers as “ille­gal bar­bar­ians who are cut­ting off heads and appendages of blind, white, dis­abled gringos.”

Coe also described immi­grants as a “malig­nancy destroy­ing the host.” A mem­ber of the Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens, a white suprema­cist orga­ni­za­tion, Coe spoke at a num­ber of events fea­tur­ing extrem­ists. On Jan­u­ary 17, 1998, Coe spoke at an anti-immigrant rally in Alabama fea­tur­ing a num­ber of racists, includ­ing Sam Dick­son and Rick Olt­man. On Sep­tem­ber 7, 2002 Coe spoke at another anti-immigrant gath­er­ing in New York fea­tur­ing white suprema­cist Jared Tay­lor.

After news broke of her death, numer­ous anti-immigrant activists and extrem­ists responded by paint­ing Coe as a pos­i­tive fig­ure and pro­mot­ing their own anti-immigrant views.

Racist Peter Brimelow, founder of the anti-immigrant site VDARE, described her pass­ing as “very sad news,” and went on to state, “Bar­bara Coe was one of a group of Cal­i­for­nia patri­ots who came together in the early 1990s because they saw the dan­ger posed by mass ille­gal and legal immigration—and real­ized that the polit­i­cal Estab­lish­ment, lib­eral and ‘con­ser­v­a­tive,’ intended to do absolutely noth­ing about it.”

Glenn Spencer, head of the anti-Hispanic hate group Amer­i­can Bor­der Patrol, described Coe as “fire and brim­stone” before stat­ing, “She under­stood the issues and was a fighter.”

Anti-immigrant activist Ted Hayes claimed, “But before the Minute Men, indeed their [sic] was the Cal­i­for­nia For Immi­gra­tion Reform, and the part­ner­ship of Coe and Ron Prince who launched the suc­cess­ful Propo­si­tion 187, which as we know was over­turned by a social­ist, activist fed­eral court giv­ing cover to the non-military, for­eign national, civil­ian, invasion-occupation of our country.”

William Gheen of the anti-immigrant group Amer­i­cans for Legal Immi­gra­tion PAC (ALIPAC) wrote, “All of Barbara’s friends and fam­ily have much to be proud of because of the great fight she put up against the dis­eases of can­cer and ille­gal immigration!”

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May 10, 2013 1

Jason Richwine Has Ties To More Extreme Elements of Anti-Immigrant Movement

Update: As of May 10, 2013, Jason Rich­wine has resigned from his posi­tion as senior pol­icy ana­lyst at the Her­itage Foundation.

Jason Rich­wine, a co-author of a major report on the alleged costs of immi­gra­tion reform pub­lished this week by the Her­itage Foun­da­tion, a con­ser­v­a­tive think-tank, has ties to the more extreme ele­ments of the anti-immigrant move­ment. Richwine’s pre­vi­ous writ­ings and state­ments also pro­mote stereo­types about Hispanics.jason-richwine

Rich­wine is a reg­u­lar attendee of the annual Writ­ers Work­shop event orga­nized by The Social Con­tract Press (TSCP). TSCP is a pub­lish­ing house founded by the racist John Tan­ton, the archi­tect of the modern-day anti-immigrant movement.

This annual work­shop often fea­tures racist speak­ers, includ­ing Peter Brimelow, the founder of the anti-immigrant web­site VDARE, and Wayne Lut­ton, edi­tor of The Social Con­tract (TSC), a jour­nal pub­lished by TSCP.  Rich­wine spoke at the Writ­ers Work­shop in 2010 and 2012. At the 2010 con­fer­ence he claimed to be an attendee “for a few years” and iden­ti­fied him­self as “a restric­tion­ist.” At the same event, Rich­wine par­tic­i­pated in a debate with con­ser­v­a­tive author Ron Unz on the issue of white ver­sus His­panic crime rates. Rich­wine argued that the rate of crimes com­mit­ted by His­pan­ics is much higher than that of whites.

In 2012, the same year Peter Brimelow addressed the event, Rich­wine talked about cul­tural dif­fer­ences between the Euro­pean immi­grants who came to the U.S. before the 1965 Immi­gra­tion Act and the His­panic immi­grants who came to this coun­try post-1965. He argued that when we talk about immi­gra­tion “cul­ture is the over­rid­ing con­cern.” Later in his speech, Rich­wine spoke about the dif­fer­ences in appear­ances between His­pan­ics and whites, claim­ing “His­panic immi­grants usu­ally look dis­tinctly non-white.” He said he did not “cel­e­brate the fact that this should mat­ter,” but added that “the real­ity is that sub­con­sciously humans are a tribal species.”

He con­cluded his argu­ment by claim­ing, “To me this is some­thing that’s just a real­ity of human nature, that some groups of peo­ple are more cul­tur­ally com­pat­i­ble than other groups of peo­ple is a real­ity of the human condition.”

In 2009, Steve Sailer, a long-time VDARE author with a his­tory of mak­ing racist state­ments, high­lighted an arti­cle by Rich­wine dis­cussing the dif­fer­ences in IQ between Indian Amer­i­cans, white Amer­i­cans and Ashke­nazi Jews. This not the first time Rich­wine has dis­cussed IQ dif­fer­ences. Accord­ing to a May 8, 2013 arti­cle in the Wash­ing­ton Post, Rich­wine has argued against allow­ing immi­grants with lower IQs into the country.

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