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Invited White Nationalist to Speak to Federalist Society Friday

By Heidi Beirich on February 3, 2011 - 5:23 pm, Posted in Academic Racism, White Nationalism

The Dallas chapter of the conservative legal group, The Federalist Society, is holding a debate Friday on “Birthright Citizenship for Children of Illegal Immigrants.” Participating on the panel is prominent white nationalist Peter Brimelow, who runs the anti-immigrant hate site VDARE.com. Also on the panel are Jim Ho, a former U.S. Supreme Court clerk and former Solicitor General for the State of Texas and University of Texas School of Law Professor Lino Graglia, who the Federalist Society announcement describes as “one of the most conservative law professors in America.”

Brimelow is a remarkable choice for such a panel given his unrelenting hostility towards immigrants, in particular those with dark skin. In 1995, for instance, he published Alien Nation, a book that argued that America is historically white-dominated and should stay that way. Although the book was well reviewed in some places, it included strong veins of racism and xenophobia. In its pages, Brimelow described the role of race in society as “elemental, absolute, fundamental.” He said that white Americans should demand that U.S. immigration quotas be changed to allow in mostly whites. He argued that spending tax dollars on anything related to multiculturalism was “subversive.” He called foreign immigrants “weird aliens with dubious habits.”

At one point in the book, he compared an Immigration and Naturalization Service waiting room to walking into a New York City subway — “you find yourself in an underworld that is not just teeming but also almost entirely colored.” In 1997, Brimelow warned that by 2008 the GOP would no longer be able to compete in presidential elections because the racial makeup of the electorate would be changed by non-white immigration.

Brimelow’s hate site, VDARE.com, is named for the first English (that is, white) child born in America, Virginia Dare. Brimelow’s posting on the site today complains about the cancellation by a Charlotte, N.C., hotel of a white nationalist conference. It also laments the fact that the GOP no longer openly supports “pro-white views.” Finally, Brimelow defends the racist Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC), a group that “oppose[s] all efforts to mix the races of mankind” and whose website has described black people as “a retrograde species of humanity.”

VDARE carries archives of columns from prominent white nationalists like Sam Francis, the late editor of the newspaper of the CCC. It has run articles by Jared Taylor, the editor of the racist American Renaissance magazine, which specializes in dubious race and IQ studies and eugenics, the “science” of human “race betterment” through selective breeding. (It was American Renaissance whose Charlotte hotel reservation was cancelled recently.)

More recently, VDARE.com has even begun to publish the writings of Kevin MacDonald, an anti-Semitic psychology professor at California State University, Long Beach. MacDonald accuses Jews of “dominating” the “movement to change the ethnic balance of the United States by allowing mass, non-traditional [i.e., non-white] immigration.” MacDonald writes that Jews, believing “the masses ha[ve] to be deceived,” frame their appeals in universalistic language that Jews would never apply to their own community. Behind those appeals is “the Jewish agenda.” MacDonald also mentions “the famously heavy Jewish role” in television news.

An E-mail today requesting comment from the chapter president, Cameron Kinvig, was not immediately answered. The Federalist Society is well known as an extremely conservative group, but it has not been publicly associated with racism or white nationalists like Brimelow.

Update: This E-mail was received last evening from Cameron Kinvig:

“The Federalist Society does not take a position on the issues presented at our panel discussions / debates, nor does the Federalist Society endorse the views (perceived or otherwise) of any particular speaker or participant at such events.  The Federalist Society’s goal is to provide a forum where divergent views and ideas can be debated, compared, and critiqued.  That is what tomorrow’s forum hopes to accomplish.”

  • jgt2598

    John,
    Freedom of speech protects citizens from GOVERNMENT censorship, not from the anger of fellow citizens. If citizens demand that something be canceled, the sponsor does not have to listen, but can choose to so as to maintain their popularity. If the government demands that a book be pulled from library shelves it is censorship, when the people ask for a book to be pulled from the shelves because it is offensive and library obliges it is called human interaction.

  • John

    “Marco, do you see anyone here advocating the censorship of these people?”

    Yes. Heidi attempted to bully the sponsor into canceling the Brimelow appearance.

  • Ian

    Maro,

    About half a million people died in the Cultural Revolution. To compare some blog’s reports on the speaking engagements of people they disagree with to the mass murder of political dissidents is, to put it mildly, silly.

    I constantly hear the same refrain from critics of the Intelligence Project that they want to censor the people they report on. I want someone to point out concrete evidence that they at any point argued that anyone’s First Amendment rights should be taken away as well as a legal argument to show that what they advocated for is unconstitutional.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov@gmail.com

    Marco, do you see anyone here advocating the censorship of these people? Freedom of speech is not freedom from criticism.

    But by all means, feel free to explain any of their “valid points”, as well as who considers Rushton or Murray to be serious scholars, as you claim.

  • jgt2598

    @Marco It is people like you, who believe others worthless and inferior because of the color of their skin, or their religion or any other difference they may have that are “bullies and thugs”. It is the right of these people to spread their hate and thier lies, and it is OUR (splc supporters) right to criticize and point out their lies to the whole world. Their “theories” are based on prejudice and lies, their “race science” was as fictional and non-scientific now as when it was first explored in the first half of the 20th century. As for what “[we] people” are afraid of, we are afraid that one day blind idiots will follow these people’s hate and lies and usher in a second holocaust, we think that ONE was one too many.

  • marco

    you people (splc supporters) are as intolerant as the instigators of the cultural revolution in china, circa ’66. i have read quite a bit of the writings of peter brimelow and jared taylor on the dilemmas of life in multi-cultural and multi-racial America. And as time goes by, my initial attraction for their fundamental conclusion has actually diminished. They make some valid points, and then for the most part draw impractical and unnecessarily alarmist conclusions that for the most part are unpersuasive and worthy of rejection. HOWEVER, if diversity means anything, it means tolerance of unpopular ideas, and the eagerness of most liberals (of which I am one) and radicals to SURPRESS and DEMONIZE thoughtful and non-violent dissidents like Taylor and theories of racial underdevelopment like those put forward by serious scholars like Murray and Rushton is absolutely appalling. You people are bullies and thugs. What are you people afraid of?

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Maybe I’m wrong but I think Michelle Malkin is from the States, and she is well aware of how the average American views “Asians”(that is to say, they lump the diverse population of part of a continent into the category of Asian). This is what makes it despicable, particularly the fact that she supports racial profiling.

  • Dan

    nycgrlupstate
    I used to live in the Philippines and while I treasure that experience and to this day embrace my Filipino friends you must realize that ‘Filipinos’ are people from 7000 Islands with roughly 1000 Languages and dialects and many different cultures. There is rivalry and even xenophobia amongst some of these peoples. Some Pinoys for example don’t care for Pinays and vice verse etc. So it is no surprise that some Filipinos are attracted to something like VDARE.

  • http://neverdied.blogspot.com Nomi

    Hard to respond to this, but I want to thank you for keeping us informed.
    The anti-immigrant activists are trying to stir up the hate in Rhode Island (my state)…

  • nycgrlupstate

    I’ve always wondered how Michelle Malkin, whose parents are both from the Philippines, and who is herself married to a Jew, could be a regular poster on VDARE.com. The mind reels.