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The Tanton Files: FAIR Founder’s Racism Revealed

By Heidi Beirich on September 19, 2008 - 1:03 pm, Posted in Academic Racism, Anti-Immigrant, Hate Groups

John TantonANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan is an unassuming place, more like a small-town library than a research institute. But hidden away in 17 cardboard boxes deep inside the simple facility are the papers of John Tanton, the retired Michigan ophthalmologist who has been the most important figure in the modern American anti-immigration movement for three decades. The papers, which include more than 20 years of letters from the founder of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and a batch of other nativist groups, contain explosive material about Tanton’s beliefs. They also show that FAIR, where Tanton still serves as a member of the board, has been well aware of Tanton’s views and activities for years.

Tanton has long claimed that he is no racist — that, in fact, he came to his immigration restrictionism through progressive concerns for population control and the environment, not disdain for the foreign born. He characterizes himself as a “fair person,” and on his website he condemns the “unsavory characters whose views can easily be characterized as anti-American, anti-Semitic and outright racist.”

Fair enough. But what do Tanton’s letters have to say?

As it turns out, quite a lot. Although Tanton has been linked to racist ideas in the past — fretting about the “educability” of Latinos, warning of whites being out-bred by others, and publishing a number of white nationalist authors — the papers in the Bentley Library show that Tanton has for decades been at the heart of the white nationalist scene. He has corresponded with Holocaust deniers, former Klan lawyers and the leading white nationalist thinkers of the era. He introduced key FAIR leaders to the president of the Pioneer Fund, a white supremacist group set up to encourage “race betterment,” at a 1997 meeting at a private club. He wrote a major funder to encourage her to read the work of a radical anti-Semitic professor — to “give you a new understanding of the Jewish outlook on life” — and suggested that the entire FAIR board discuss the professor’s theories on the Jews. He practically worshipped a principal architect of the Immigration Act of 1924 (instituting a national origin quota system and barring Asian immigration), a rabid anti-Semite whose pro-Nazi American Coalition of Patriotic Societies was indicted for sedition in 1942.

As early as 1969, Tanton showed a sharp interest in eugenics, the “science” of breeding a better human race that was utterly discredited by the Nazis, trying to find out if Michigan had laws allowing forced sterilization. His interest stemmed, he wrote in a letter of inquiry that year, from “a local pair of sisters who have nine illegitimate children between them.” Some 30 years later, he was still worrying about “less intelligent” people being allowed children, saying that “modern medicine and social programs are eroding the human gene pool.”

Throughout, FAIR — which, along with Tanton, refused repeated requests for comment for this story — has stood by its man. Its 2004 annual report praised him for “visionary qualities that have not waned one bit.” Around the same time, Dan Stein, who has led FAIR since 1988 as executive director or president and who was copied on scores of Tanton’s letters, insisted FAIR’s founder had “never asserted the inferiority or superiority of any racial, ethnic, or religious group. Never.”

Blood and Soil

In the world view of John Tanton, successful societies are not based on a mere sharing of territory, values and political systems. Nations and their cultures, he has suggested on numerous occasions, are largely determined by biology — race.

In a Nov. 13, 1994, letter to white nationalist columnist Lawrence Auster, a regular correspondent, Tanton suggested that the Declaration of Independence was actually a document based on the “bond of blood and ethnicity — nationhood.” Almost a year earlier, in a Dec. 10, 1993, letter to Garrett Hardin, a controversial ecology professor, he said: “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.” On Jan. 26, 1996, he wrote Roy Beck, head of the immigration restrictionist group NumbersUSA (and then an employee of Tanton’s foundation U.S. Inc.), questioning whether Latinos were capable of governing California.

“I have no doubt that individual minority persons can assimilate to the culture necessary to run an advanced society,” Tanton said in his letter to Beck, “but if through mass migration, the culture of the homeland is transplanted from Latin America to California, then my guess is we will see the same degree of success with governmental and social institutions that we have seen in Latin America.” Referring to the changing California public schools, Tanton wondered “whether the minorities who are going to inherit California (85% of the lower-grade school children are now ‘minorities’ — demography is destiny) can run an advanced society?”

For Tanton, the question was entirely rhetorical.

“The situation then is that the people who have been the carriers of Western Civilization are well on the way toward resigning their commission to carry the culture into the future,” he wrote in an Aug. 8, 1997, letter to Harvard professor Samuel Huntington, a fellow immigration critic. “When this decline in numbers is coupled with an aging of the core population … it begins to look as if the chances of Western Civilization passing into the history books are very good indeed.”

This kind of thinking led Tanton to defend racial quotas imposed on immigrants. In a Nov. 3, 1995, memo to FAIR boss Dan Stein and the entire FAIR board of advisers, Tanton defended the infamous “White Australia” policy that restricted non-white immigration into that country from 1901 to 1973, saying it was not racist, but intended to protect native-born labor (the 1975 Racial Discrimination Act outlawed racial quotas in Australia). Tanton also mocked the idea that the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act, banning Chinese immigration to the U.S., was racist.

Similarly, Tanton has defended America’s Immigration Act of 1924, which formalized a racial quota system that was only dismantled in 1965. In fact, as shown in his correspondence, Tanton has long lionized a principal architect of the act, John B. Trevor Sr. (In addition to founding the American Coalition of Patriotic Societies, Trevor was an adviser to the extreme-right, anti-Catholic Christian Crusade of Billy James Hargis, who regularly referred to the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence as Communist documents.) Tanton arranged for the Bentley Library to house the papers of both Trevor and his son, long a Pioneer Fund board member and a close friend of Tanton’s until his 2006 death.

Despite the elder Trevor’s extremely unsavory past, Tanton has sent his unpublished autobiography to numerous friends, including, on Nov. 21, 2001, FAIR board member Donald Collins. In a cover letter, Tanton told Collins that the work of Trevor — who distributed pro-Nazi propaganda, drew up plans to crush uprisings of “Jewish subversives,” and warned shrilly of “diabolical Jewish control” of America — should serve FAIR as “a guidepost to what we must follow again this time.”

Communing with the Movement

John Tanton has not merely flirted with and adopted many of the core ideas of white nationalism over the past three decades. He has carried on correspondences with some of the key leaders of the white nationalist movement, meeting and even vacationing with some of them, and pushing many of their central ideas.

Over the years, his closest friend on the white nationalist scene seems to have been Jared Taylor, the man who began publishing American Renaissance, a racist, pseudo-scientific magazine focusing on race, intelligence and eugenics, in 1990. (“When blacks are left entirely to their own devices,” Taylor wrote in its pages a few years ago, “Western civilization — any kind of civilization — disappears.”)

Tanton, who met Taylor shortly after American Renaissance began publication, seems to have been particularly taken with Taylor’s angry opposition to affirmative action, spelled out in Taylor’s 1992 book, Paved With Good Intentions: The Failure of Race Relations in Contemporary America. On Nov. 12, 1993, Tanton wrote Taylor and three of his American Renaissance colleagues — Wayne Lutton, who would later work for Tanton; Sam Francis, a white nationalist ideologue then working as a Washington Times columnist; and Jerry Woodruff, who wrote for the nativist publication Middle American News — suggesting that their new journal take on literary critic Stanley Fish, who had defended affirmative action in an article for The Atlantic. Tanton enclosed “a little something” for Taylor’s “start-up costs.”

Tanton promoted Taylor’s efforts repeatedly. On Dec. 15, 1994, he wrote a friend to suggest that he read Taylor’s 1992 book. More remarkably, on Jan. 24, 1991, he wrote to the then-president of the Pioneer Fund, Harry Weyher, about Taylor’s American Renaissance effort. And as recently as April 20, 1998, Tanton wrote to several FAIR employees, including Dan Stein, to ensure that they were receiving American Renaissance mailings: “I write to encourage keeping track of those on our same side of the issue, but who are nonetheless our competitors for dollars and members.” (The bolded words were underlined in Tanton’s original letter.)

Tanton also corresponded for years with the late Sam Francis, a one-time Washington Times columnist who was fired after details of a racist speech he gave at an American Renaissance conference became public. From 1999 until his death in 2005, Francis edited the crudely racist and nativist Citizens Informer, the tabloid published by the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), an organization that says it “oppose[s] all efforts to mix the races of mankind.”

What may have been most remarkable of all was Tanton’s endorsement of a proposal from another friend — Peter Brimelow, who would later start a racist anti-immigration website — that FAIR hire Sam Francis to edit its newsletter. That proposal, which Tanton sent to FAIR’s Dan Stein on Nov. 3, 1995, was made two months after The Washingon Times fired Francis for racism.

Tanton’s contacts with other white nationalists also are instructive:

• Beginning in the late 1980s, Tanton corresponded regularly with Virginia Abernethy, now a professor emeritus at Vanderbilt University. Abernethy is a member of the CCC and recently described herself as a “white separatist.”
• On June 26, 1996, Tanton wrote to Sam Dickson — a Georgia lawyer who has represented the Ku Klux Klan, written for and been on the editorial advisory board of Holocaust denial publications, and spoken at several of the biannual conferences put on by American Renaissance — to thank him for a good time during a visit by Tanton and his wife. “The next time I’m in Atlanta,” Tanton wrote Dickson, “I hope to take one of your ‘politically incorrect’ tours.”

• In a Dec. 23, 1996, letter, Tanton complained that it was hard to write checks for Theodore O’Keefe, who was involved for years in the Holocaust-denying Institute for Historical Review, because O’Keefe would only use a pen name. It was not clear from the letter what O’Keefe had written for Tanton.

• On June 17, 1998, Tanton wrote to Stan Hess, who was then a member of the CCC, about Hess’ proposal to open a FAIR office in California (the letter was copied to Stein). The letter recounted how Tanton had “presented” Hess’ idea to the FAIR board. Hess was arrested later that year for burning a Mexican flag at an Alabama CCC rally that was attended by an unrobed Klansman. Hess would go on in 1999 to help form the neofascist American Friends of the British National Party and, later, to become California state leader of a group headed by neo-Nazi and former Klan leader David Duke.

Tanton on ‘the Jews’

In some ways, given his ideas, it’s not surprising that John Tanton would cozy up to white nationalists and their fellow travelers. What is unexpected, even among long-time observers of the FAIR founder, is his attitude toward “the Jews.”

In the late 1990s, Kevin MacDonald, a California State University, Long Beach, professor, was finishing up a trilogy of books that purported to show that Jews collectively work to undermine the dominant majorities in the host countries in which they live, including the United States. MacDonald said that Jews pursue these tactics — including promoting non-white immigration into white-dominated nations — in order to weaken the majority culture in a bid to enhance their own standing. He would later go on to speak and write for white nationalist groups across America.

Tanton liked what he read. On Dec. 28, 1998 — the same year that the last two books of MacDonald’s trilogy were published — he wrote MacDonald, saying, “I hope we can meet some day.” On that same date, Tanton sent a memo to Dan Stein and the FAIR board of directors about a MacDonald paper “on the segment of the Jewish community that has an open borders mentality.” The paper, Tanton said, “would be fertile for group discussion at the forthcoming board meeting.”

Earlier that month, on Dec. 10, 1998, Tanton also sent MacDonald’s work to Cordelia Scaife May, a now-deceased millionaire philanthropist who gave regularly to far-right causes and was a close Tanton friend. “I’m sure [MacDonald’s article] will give you a new understanding of the Jewish outlook on life, which explains a large part of the Jewish opposition to immigration reform,” he wrote.

Tanton’s criticism of religious groups wasn’t limited to Jews, however. Over the years, he — like some principals of FAIR — lashed out at a variety of religious denominations, especially Catholics, for their welcoming attitude toward immigrants coming to America from the Third World. In his letter to the FAIR board suggesting a discussion of Kevin MacDonald’s theories, for instance, he described “the Roman Catholic Church [and] several of the Protestant denominations, the Lutheran Church in particular,” as being among “our opponents.” In an earlier, May 24, 1994, letter to Roy Beck of NumbersUSA, he said that “one of the problems with churches is that they see themselves as universal, and as transcending national boundaries.”

Endorsing Eugenics

For years, FAIR President Dan Stein has hotly denied that his organization had anything to do with eugenics. “Eugenics,” he wrote in a 2004 op-ed in the Kansas City Star, “is pure junk science, and it is utterly unrelated to FAIR’s efforts to bring order to immigration in America.” Two months later, in a press release attacking the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for suggesting otherwise, the group called SPLC’s reporting “utterly specious” and “McCarthyist.”

The press release went on to accuse the SPLC of unfairly linking FAIR to “a long discredited pseudo-science of eugenics” by noting the group had accepted $1.2 million from the eugenicist Pioneer Fund, ending in 1994. The release also claimed that the idea that FAIR had an interest in eugenics had been disproven.

Apparently, John Tanton failed to get that message.

On Dec. 30, 1994 — at the end of the year that FAIR finally stopped soliciting Pioneer donations (after negative publicity) and issued its denunciation of eugenics — Tanton wrote to German academic Wolfgang Bosswick to defend the Pioneer Fund, saying its critics were the “hard (Marxist) left in the United States.”

On Sept. 18, 1996, he wrote to now-deceased California multimillionaire Robert K. Graham, a eugenicist who started a sperm bank to collect the semen of Nobel Prize-winning scientists: “Do we leave it to individuals to decide that they are the intelligent ones who should have more kids? And more troublesome, what about the less intelligent, who logically should have less? Who is going to break the bad news [to less intelligent individuals], and how will it be implemented?”

On May 21, 1997, Tanton wrote to Richard Lynn — a race “scientist” who claims that black people “are more psychopathic than whites” and suffer from a “personality disorder” characterized by a poverty of feeling and lack of shame — to congratulate Lynn on his book, Dysgenics, on how less intelligent individuals are outbreeding the intelligent. The next year, on Feb. 9, 1998, he wrote to Pioneer Fund President Harry Weyher to propose that Weyher hire Lynn to write “a study of Barry Mehler.” Mehler, the Ferris State University professor who founded the Institute for the Study of Academic Racism, is a harsh critic of race science and eugenics.

FAIR officials may not have known of these contacts, but they certainly knew of others. On Oct. 29, 1998, for instance, Tanton wrote a memo for his file on Harry Weyher discussing the Pioneer Fund’s new website and a paper on “sub-replacement fertility” by Roger Pearson, a notorious race scientist who heads the Institute for the Study of Man. The memo was copied to FAIR’s Dan Stein and K.C. McAlpin, the executive director of ProEnglish, a group on whose board Tanton now sits.

Most remarkable of all, however, was the Feb. 13, 1997, gathering organized by Tanton at the New York Racquet and Tennis Club. Three years after FAIR had stopped taking Pioneer Fund money, Tanton brought FAIR board members Henry Buhl, Sharon Barnes and Alan Weeden — along with Peter Brimelow, future founder of the VDARE.com hate site — to a meeting with Pioneer Fund President Harry Weyher. The meeting, held expressly to discuss fundraising efforts to benefit FAIR, was memorialized in a Feb. 17, 1997, memo that Tanton wrote for his “FAIR Fund-Raising File.” A year later, on Jan. 5, 1998, Tanton wrote to John Trevor, a Pioneer Fund board member and the son of the notorious pro-Nazi eugenicist John Trevor Sr., to thank him for his personal “handsome contribution” to FAIR.

It’s not that Tanton didn’t understand, just as well as Stein and the other leaders of FAIR, exactly how controversial eugenics was. After starting his own eugenicist group, the Society for Genetic Education, in 1996, he wrote to Graham, the California eugenicist, to discuss public relations strategies. In a Sept. 18, 1996, letter, Tanton explained how his new group’s website “emphasized mankind’s use of eugenic principles on plants and the lower animals as a way to condition the public to the idea of genetic manipulation, and raise the question of its application to the human race.” Elaborating, he added: “We report ways [eugenics] is currently being done, but under the term genetics rather than eugenics.”

Immigration and Race

Throughout its history, the United States has been subjected to periodic outbreaks of xenophobic nativism, angry reactions to waves of immigrants who are seen as somehow different than “real” Americans. These movements, directed at different times at Germans, Catholics, Jews, Asians, southern Europeans, blacks and others, have typically been undergirded by racist stereotyping. Again and again, the new immigrants are described as stupid, ugly, disloyal, diseased and more.

Today, no one disputes the vulgar racism of the 1920s Ku Klux Klan, which grew to nearly 4 million members on the strength of hating Catholics and Jews. And much the same can be said of nativist movements from the Know-Nothings of the 1840s, who saw German Catholics as dangerous subverters of American democracy, to the racist demonization of Mexican “wetbacks” during the 20th century.

But John Tanton and his Federation for American Immigration Reform have repeatedly claimed that they are different, that FAIR and its founder are not linked to the irrational fears and hatreds of the past. Their critics, they say angrily, are simply tarring them with the brush of racism to unfairly denigrate their arguments.

As the Bentley Library files show, that is far from true.

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  • Bobo

    Oh, boo-hoo!

    SPLC engages in reverse racism to “combat racism”. How does that make them better than anyone?

  • jerilyn kay [jeri] miller

    i can’t beleive that persons like this are paid by educational facilities. if a high school drop out or homeless person would spew this crap, they would most likely be hospitalized at the least. God help us all!!!

  • Louis

    Not required – can you back up your assertion with facts? I don’t believe for a minute that our society is more violent. There are more people in prison because of NON-VIOLENT drug charges. People come to the US to work and most immigrants are hard workers. It sounds to me as if you simply have a problem with skin color that isn’t white. Do you realize how stupid that is? People are just people. And to you Joe, being religious has nothing to do with morality. Some of the most bigoted, immoral people I know claim to be Xian; likewise, I know many agnostics and atheists that are very kind, decent, moral people. Freedom of religion is a precious thing – so is freedom from it if that is one’s choice.

  • not required

    I can’t see what Tanton or the “racists” have been wrong about at all. America is today a poorer, more violent place precisely because of the new people living in it are more violent and less intelligent. They are also particularly hostile to whites, which obviously does not serve white interests. Whites standing up for their interests may often come across as “hate” (especially thanks to the efforts of your bizarre group and its media sympathizers) but crucial question, the one which really counts, is are they telling the truth? From everything I have been able to gather, they are. I find myself disgusted by the frantic antics of SPLC clowns like Ms. Beirich to mislead whites about where their true interests lie. While seeking to protect minorities is a worthy endeavor, the way the SPLC has gone about it is downright dishonorable.

  • http://CCFIILE.org Joe

    Ok SPLC what should all American believe?

    What should we all be reading? Who should be hanging out with? What should we be eating? It seems the SPLC must be representing some sort of MASTER RACE itself, after all they sure have every i dotted and T crossed when it comes to virtues don’t you?

    I bet some of the great writers of the SPLC don’t even believe in God, the Bible or even Jesus Christ. Nice roll models you are.You people are just hatemonger’s in reverse and those who think the SPLC represents anything ” Godly” better take another look. The SPLC is just another 1984 and Animal farm all rolled into one cesspool of cultic thinking.

    When are you going to grow up? The more you write against people you dislike the more I want to talk to these people. Your articles aren’t helping us. Those who don’t have brains to think for themselves seem to gravitate to groups like the SPLC or should I spell it out, Some People Like Crap, SPLC, and you sure dish it out.

    Joe

  • Art

    Tsk, tsk Tired. don’;t blow a matza ball.

    Whites want to protect their kids and their race! I’ll tell you what– I’ll fall for the “racist” and “antisemitic” guilt trips when the Jews stop being concerned about the Holocaust and allow Africans into Israel. I guess this is what the word “chutzpah” is for.

    Well, got to go–to my checkbook and write a fat check to FAIR. Check out fairus.org and compare with splc–genetic?

  • MdeG

    Thanks for another good study. I intend to cite it widely, as I have your previous ones. Lots of folks love to cite NumbersUSA et al. in newspaper blogs, and it’s very helpful to have some illuminating facts to throw back at them!

  • Dead Tired

    I cannot believe I am seeing so much hate and bigotry in these comments.

    Ignorance on the internet knows no bounds Louis, and has long since ceased to surprise me. A reasonable and well-sourced article explaining the racist connections of a member of the anti-immigration movement magically attracts a fine, upstanding citizen like Babette, sputtering racist gibberish in a comment section, looking for anyone or anything other than themselves (preferably a brown person) to blame for some problem in their life, then proceeding to drool out some God-bothering hoo-ha and accuse the SPLC of trying to “destroy America”. Unoriginal, uninspired, and frankly boring Babs. If you really feel so strongly about immigration, feel free to hop on the next boat to wherever the fuck your ancestors immigrated here from, you mouthbreathing hypocrite.

  • donald

    babette,

    yes, there are racists among every race. racist black people, racist white people, racist latinos, and so on. but those groups are not what is under discussion here, and their existence does not excuse tanton’s racist background. you can’t favor the racism of one group over another. that would be irrational and hateful. you have to denounce both.

  • Louis

    I cannot believe I am seeing so much hate and bigotry in these comments. As far as I am concerned there is ONE race – the human race. I am proud to support the SPLC.

  • Babette

    I’d like to know why you don’t go after the mexicon and mexicon supporter Americans that are racist against American citizens. Go to YouTube, there are all kinds of racist mexicons spewing hate and filth about ‘whites’. People like Frank Sharry is being paid by the Ford Foundation to make war on American workers by bringing in more illegals. This was the reason why Ford was supposed to take it’s business to MEXICO, oh they were so moral butter wouldn’t melt in their wicked mouths, they were going to help the mexico economy,,,, yeah, RIGHT!! I’m beginning to think you people are nothing but a bunch low life paid propagandist hacks who are out to destroy America! And if you are, GOD is gonna get’cha. And I can’t wait ’til you all drink the Kool-aid. Link to the American paid traitor:

    http://www.americanpatrol.com/.....12197.html

    http://www.americanpatrol.com/.....5QVDMdW4rw

    http://www.americanpatrol.com/.....owitz.html

    I can understand if you were uninformed, but if you know what you’ve been doing, YOU are America’s terrorists and enemies!!!! And you WILL go down.

  • http://columnadeaztlan.com Mexitli

    I know Armando personally. He is not a racist. He is human, and as such we sometimes become frustrated with the way our people are treated in the land of the free.

  • loren

    This is quite the expose. The evidence is overwhelming. My hope is that, now, ordinary Americans who have gotten involved in these groups will take a step back and ask themselves if this is the type of person they would like to be associated with, and, if they think that hate or racism are American values.

  • American

    Summary: there might be one old white guy who was and may still be a racist (like Sen. Byrd (D)). I know a younger guy who is very active in the immigration movement and very outspoken and racist. His name is Armando Navarro in Riverside, Mexifornia. Let’s see your story about him! You won’t have to dig through decades old papers to find his racism and bigotry. He says it every day and in his classrooms at UCR.

    Seems like Heidi and SPLC are looking for racism in all the wrong places! Typical. The public sees right through this smear by association.

  • http://columnadeaztlan.com Mexitli

    Thank you, Heidi Beirich.

    I’m 48 and I remember Tanton from the 80′s here in CA. He was trying to use the ecology and (over) population to mask his racism.

    You have my respect.

    -Mexitli

  • ny-girl

    TO EH
    your data on hispanics is wrong.

    according to the US prison bureau (govt)
    http://www.ojp.gov/bjs/pub/ascii/pjim05.txt
    At midyear 2005 nearly 6 in 10 persons in local jails were
    racial or ethnic minorities.
    Whites made up 44.3% of the jail population;
    blacks, 38.9%;
    Hispanics, 15.0%;
    and other races (American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asians, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders), 1.7%.

    Now according to US govt census data,
    http://www.census.gov/Press-Re.....11910.html

    Hispanics are 15% of the population so Hispanic incarceration is a 1 to 1 ratio with the Hispanic percentage of the population–no higher than its presence in the US and certainly not 4 times higher than american whites.

    Am wondering how many rich white males will go to prison for the current wall street greed that will cost you and your kids thousands of dollars of your hard earned money in that 1 trillion dollar bailout.
    Rob a 7-11–go to jail
    Rob a nation–go free

  • michigander

    The casual use of “hate site” to describe VDARE.com tells much of what one needs to know about Comrade Beirich and the SPLC. And check out her letter to Lawrence Auster to see a character assassin in action. Race exists, as does racial consciousness, and upending the racial balance of a nation is bound to have major effects (and already is). Heidi and the SPLC don’t even want to allow discussion of any of this. They are politically correct intimidaters, gradually becoming a bad joke.

  • eh

    Perhaps for her next project Heidi can explain how massive immigration of Hispanics (so massive that in some areas they form practically a replacement population) — who as a demographic group are about statistically 4x as likely as American Whites to be imprisoned, as well as very significantly less likely to do well in school (e.g. to graduate from high school and attend college) — can possibly be a good thing for America as a competitive nation in the world economy. I’m having trouble seeing how it could be. So I’m hoping Heidi can explain this before I go over to the ‘dark side’ and join the all the ‘racists’ who suggest that it is indeed not a good thing.

  • Albertine Brandt

    I would like to know FAIR’s and SPLC’s position on capital flows to the US from Latin America over the last 40 years that have diverted investment funds from home-grown industry in Latin America. These funds have been diverted toward investment in jobs in the US for US citizens. There is plenty of evidence of these capital flows which have been illegal transfers from Latin America that have been willfully accepted here. We need to come to grips with our own responsibility for the fact that there are no employment opportunities south of the Rio Grande due to our own complicity in law breaking by wealthy Latin Americans and wealthy US citizens who accepted these investment dollars for our own gain.

  • J. Fred Bally

    I’ve been following your articles on Tanton since the first Puppetteer expose. I found Tanton’s website at http://www.johntanton.org and if you want to see what this racist in sheep’s clothing has to say, there are interviews at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lucNJzf2zeo .

    J.

  • Jim Kominsky

    This Tanton guy is utterly amazing. I found a whole bunch of material about him at http://www.JohnTanton.org . They even have videos of him. What is the world coming to?

  • Colin

    Direct quotes aren’t exactly “guilt by association”. More like “guilt by massive amounts of documented evidence”.

    To summarize:

    if I write a letter to a nazi, that doesn’t make me a nazi sympathizer.

    If I write a letter to a nazi espousing nazi sympathies, that does make me a nazi sympathizer.

  • a

    It’s cool that you did this but is it really news that intellectual racists all know each other and correspond with each other? All these people are basically in the same category to begin with.

  • jean public

    assassination of tanton. after all he “corresponded with others”. that is always guilt by association – just like mccarthy and you are using it. i dont like your attack either which smacks of mccarthyism.