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June 19, 2012 1

Former Congressman Tom Tancredo to Speak at White Supremacist Conference

For­mer Con­gress­man Tom Tan­credo (R-CO) is sched­uled to speak at the national con­fer­ence of the white suprema­cist Coun­cil of Con­ser­v­a­tive Cit­i­zens (CofCC), accord­ing to a recent newslet­ter dis­trib­uted by the group. The con­fer­ence is sched­uled to take place July 6–7, 2012, in Nashville, Ten­nessee. Tancredo’s topic will be “Mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism — the Death of America.”

If this announce­ment is cor­rect, Tan­credo, who is known for his anti-immigrant rhetoric and attacks on mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism, has shown his true col­ors by agree­ing to appear before a group that pro­motes racism and white sep­a­ratism. The CofCC traces its roots directly to the racist, anti-integrationist White Cit­i­zens’ Coun­cils of the 1950s and 1960s. The group exploits hot-button issues such as immi­gra­tion and black-on-white crime to inflame fears about minori­ties and the destruc­tion of white cul­ture in America. 

Among the sched­uled speak­ers at the CofCC con­fer­ence are Don Black who runs Storm­front, the largest and most pop­u­lar white suprema­cist Inter­net forum; Derek Black, Don Black’s son, who runs a radio show with his father on Storm­front, and James Edwards, whose radio show, The Polit­i­cal Cesspool, reg­u­larly fea­tures racists and anti-Semites. 

In the last few years, Tan­credo has become increas­ingly stri­dent in his view that the influx of both legal and undoc­u­mented immi­grants is destroy­ing Amer­i­can cul­ture. At the Con­ser­v­a­tive Polit­i­cal Con­fer­ence (CPAC) in Feb­ru­ary 2011, at a panel titled, “Will Immi­gra­tion Kill the GOP?” Tan­credo alleged that the “cult of mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism” had hurt the United States and the rest of the world, par­tic­u­larly West­ern Europe. He asserted that mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism was “the dag­ger point into the heart of west­ern civilization.”

The CPAC panel was spon­sored by Youth for West­ern Civ­i­liza­tion (YWC), a far-right stu­dent group, which made Tan­credo its hon­orary chair­man. YWC has also decried mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism for “destroy­ing and dis­pos­sess­ing the peo­ple and cul­ture of the West.” The term “West­ern civ­i­liza­tion” has become a euphemism in far-right and racist cir­cles to sig­nify white Euro­pean cul­ture. Dur­ing a Feb­ru­ary 2009 lec­ture at Amer­i­can Uni­ver­sity that YWC orga­nized, Tan­credo sug­gested that “through­out his­tory, peo­ple who are not white Anglo-Saxon have become Amer­i­can by adopt­ing a white Anglo-Saxon culture.”

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