The Hatewatch blog is managed by the staff of the Intelligence Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, an Alabama-based civil rights organization.

Media Critic Goes Soft on Times

By Heidi Beirich on October 31, 2007 - 1:15 pm, Posted in Media Extremism

Howard Kurtz, media critic of The Washington Post, offers up a story today about the other Washington daily, The Washington Times, and its search for a new executive editor to replace Wesley Pruden.

The only candidate mentioned in Kurtz’s piece is Fran Coombs, who Kurtz says has been interviewed for the job. But what Kurtz doesn’t report on is Coombs’ long history of racism. The Southern Poverty Law Center’s Intelligence Report has reported on Coombs and his wife’s extremism several times. You can read about it here, here and here. For more on general extremism at The Washington Times, read here.

FAIR, Minutemen, Numbers USA Mobilize Against DREAM Act

By Hatewatch Staff on October 30, 2007 - 5:32 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

Ana had planned to attend Marquette University on a four-year, $20,000 scholarship to pursue her dream of becoming a mechanical engineer. […]

Read full article

Lawmaker Includes Minutemen In Border Security Plan

By Hatewatch Staff on October 30, 2007 - 5:30 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

Controlling illegal immigration would allow Texas to curtail spending and lower taxes in the state, Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, said.

Read full article

Hatemongering Drowns Out Discussion On Driver’s License Policy

By Hatewatch Staff on October 30, 2007 - 5:28 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

Ruben Diaz, the Democratic state senator and Pentecostal minister from the Bronx, calls it the “worst display of racism” he’s seen since his days as a young soldier in South Carolina in 1960.

Read full article

Immigrants Targeted In ‘Amigo Shopping’ Robberies

By Hatewatch Staff on October 30, 2007 - 5:26 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

By the time they set upon Victor Hernandez, knocking him to the pavement and kicking him furiously, the teenagers were deep into a weeks-long spree of robbing Hispanic immigrants.

Read full article

Missing the Boat: NPR & the Pioneer Fund

By Heidi Beirich on October 30, 2007 - 7:06 am, Posted in Media Extremism, White Supremacist

On Oct. 23, Farai Chideya interviewed for NPR’s “News & Notes” program J. Philippe Rushton, a professor at the University of Western Ontario who heads the Pioneer Fund, which Chideya incorrectly referred to as the Pioneer ir111_rushton_200×266.jpgGroup (that error is still in NPR’s website promo today). The topic, “Race and Intelligence: Is There a Link?” was selected in the aftermath of DNA pioneer and Nobel Prize winner James Watson’s recent statement that Watson was “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours — whereas all the testing says not really.” (Met with a firestorm of academic criticism, Watson later said that race does not control IQ differences, but he did not retract his earlier comments).

Getting the Pioneer Fund’s name wrong wasn’t the only thing problematic about Chideya’s interview. Chideya also failed to mention several key facts about Rushton and the fund. Started in 1937 by textile magnate Wycliffe Draper, the Pioneer Fund’s original mandate was to pursue “race betterment” by promoting the genetic stock of those “deemed to be descended predominantly from white persons who settled in the original thirteen states prior to the adoption of the Constitution.” Today, it still funds extremely controversial studies of race and intelligence, as well as eugenics, the “science” of breeding superior human beings. Pioneer, which has been listed as a hate group for many years by the Southern Poverty Law Center, has funded many of the leading Anglo-American race scientists of the last several decades as well as anti-immigration groups such as the Federation for American Immigration Reform. ( continue to full post… )

‘Islamo-Fascism’? Well, Sort Of

By Casey Sanchez on October 25, 2007 - 1:45 pm, Posted in Anti-Muslim

David Horowitz, the radical leftist-turned-radical rightist who runs the FrontPage online magazine, wants to create a national movement to stand up to “the coalition between Islamo-fascists and American liberals at home who are running interference for the terrorists.” He thinks his fellow citizens should know that the pronouncements of Osama bin Laden are “increasingly cribbed from the work of the American Communist Michael Moore,” as he describes the liberal filmmaker who has criticized President Bush and American health care. And so, Horowitz has designated this week as “Islamo-Fascism Awareness Week,” a period in which he is traveling to American university campuses to attack those who criticize the “War on Terror” and — parenthetically — those who see global warming as a major world threat.

And how is Horowitz publicizing his latest crusade against “anti-Americanism”? He’s circulating a press horowitzpress1.pngrelease that was captured in screen shots (right and below) by the enterprising folks at the Sadly, No! blog. The photo, Horowitz declares angrily, “shows a teenage girl buried before being stoned to death for alleged sexual offenses, [and] will serve as the poster for the protest Week. The stoning took place in Iran.”

Except it doesn’t, and she wasn’t. The photograph in question, as pointed out by Sadly, No!, actually comes horowitzpress2.pngfrom “De Steen” (“The Stone”), a 1994 Dutch indie film directed by Mahnaz Tamizi. Actress Smadar Monsinos plays the teenage girl.

Culturally sanctioned violence against women unquestionably remains a real and present danger in many different societies around the world. If, as Horowitz states, he really hopes to encourage “sit-in[s] outside the offices of Women’s Studies Department[s]” to end the violence, he might start by using real evidence instead of aging movie stills.

VDARE Hate Site Pushing Tanton Special Issue

By Heidi Beirich on October 24, 2007 - 12:22 pm, Posted in Anti-Immigrant


An anti-immigration website is advertising a special edition of the hate journal The Social Contract entitled “Mass Immigration and the ‘National Question,” boasting that the issue is entirely devoted to reprinting articles from the site., which is listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate site, is apparently raising money from the sale of the Winter 2006-2007 edition of the quarterly journal. The Southern Poverty Law Center lists the quarterly’s publisher, The Social Contract Press (TSCP), as a hate group. Vdare is named for Virginia Dare, said to be the first white baby born in the New World, and the site has published racist and anti-Semitic articles.

The Social Contract Press is run by John Tanton, who has been dubbed “The Puppeteer” for his 25 years of work building up America’s anti-immigrant movement. Tanton’s dislike of immigration is racial — he has an extensive track record of making anti-Latino and anti-Catholic comments and has published works bemoaning the dwindling numbers and power of whites in America. In an infamous series of memos penned by Tanton in 1986, he questioned the “educability” of Latinos and worried about the impact of the breeding habits of Latin American immigrants on the U.S.

Tanton, based in Petoskey, Mich., is a leader in the largest American anti-immigrant organization, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which is currently leading the battle against the DREAM Act, a widely supported bipartisan bill that would provide a path to citizenship for immigrant students accepted to college. Tanton founded and currently serves on FAIR’s board of directors. FAIR has substantial connections to Vdare. FAIR board of directors member Donald A. Collins publishes often on and his article on a “culture war” is included in the anthology. Another former FAIR board member, Peter Gadiel, also penned one of the republished articles.

Minuteman Project Founder Opposes Visas For Crime Victims

By Hatewatch Staff on October 23, 2007 - 5:42 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

It’s taken several years, but now people in the United States illegally who are victims of violent crimes can apply for a specialized visa, as long as they help law enforcement solve the cases.

Read full article

Hispanic Leaders Compare Sheriff To Nazi

By Hatewatch Staff on October 23, 2007 - 5:40 pm, Posted in Uncategorized

Another Valley Hispanic leader has compared Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio to a Nazi leader as the war of words over illegal immigration continues.

Read full article