From guest blogger Santiago J. Valenzuela
A lot of talk is flying around assuring everyone that no racist motivations are behind the supporters of strict immigration law. While many supporters of strict immigration law are no doubt merely mistaken in their beliefs, there is a significant core of people who are at least questionable and in other instances blatantly racist in their ideology. The most worrisome part is that these are not the "lunatic fringe" of the anti-immigration movement, but rather it’s leaders, the intellectuals and some of the most influential activist organizations in the movement.
Take Russell Pearce, a hero of the conservative movement that played a large role in pushing through the current crop of immigration legislation passed. He runs the standard line that immigrants "steal" "American jobs" (as if the jobs belong to all of us collectively, and employers have no right to hire whom they please) and supports such evil measures as repealing the 14th Amendment in order to prevent so-called "anchor babies" from gaining US Citizenship. What qualifications he would give to gaining US Citizenship, he has not said. Above and beyond those disgusting viewpoints, however, Pearce has some highly suspicious associates and activities.
In 2006, he "accidentally" sent an article from The National Alliance, a white supremacist website, to a few dozen supporters in his district. Allegedly, Pearce only read the first few paragraphs of the article entitled "Who Rules America? The Alien Grip on Our News and Entertainment Media Must Be Broken." We are to believe that Pearce somehow was forwarded this article yet did not investigate the organization's website, nor even read more than 12 sentences into the article before copying the whole thing - never catching a glimpse of such phrases as:
"For example, a racially mixed couple will be respected, liked, and socially sought after by other characters, as will a "take charge" Black scholar or businessman, or a sensitive and talented homosexual, or a poor but honest and hardworking illegal alien from Mexico. On the other hand, a White racist—that is, any racially conscious White person who looks askance at miscegenation or at the rapidly darkening racial situation in America—is portrayed, at best, as a despicable bigot who is reviled by the other characters, or, at worst, as a dangerous psychopath who is fascinated by firearms and is a menace to all law-abiding citizens."
Which is all of 13 sentences into the article. Or:
"The National Alliance, parent organization of National Vanguard Books, is a membership organization of activists working for White interests and helping to build and fund our new media. For further information on Alliance membership, write to PO Box 90, Hillsboro WV 24946 USA."
Which is the second-to-last paragraph of the article, which Pearce might have glimpsed even if he had just highlighted the whole article.
The title of the piece itself, along with the vague organization writing it, might have raised a little suspicion. What is absolutely unbelievable though, is Pearce's claim that he read only some of those first 12 sentences, then copied the article (all 10 pages of it, when printed out in 10 point courier font) to a few dozen supporters in his district. Lets not even get into his defense that a "friend" had forwarded the article to him, since it leads to uncomfortable questions like why Pearce would be such close friends with a white supremacist. Either he is the least intelligent man serving in politics, he is racist or both.
It does not stop there, though, as Pearce somehow managed to “accidentally” endorse a neo-Nazi for Mesa City Council. Pearce claims that he didn't know anything about Ready’s racist views, but Ready does not seem shy about broadcasting them openly. Somehow, Pearce got to know Ready well enough to endorse him, but did not bother to look into Ready’s beliefs or associations (or perhaps listen to the man himself) enough to realize that the man was a neo-Nazi? The question has been raised: was Ready the friend who forwarded Pearce the racist email, or does Pearce have other racist friends?
The fact that Pearce is a hero of the conservative movement is a shame. Rather than praise his activism, they should be busy condemning his abject, obvious and very poorly hidden racism. The fact that this man was the driving force behind much of the model immigration laws being pushed throughout the country should give its supporters pause.
In the Part II of this post, I will examine the misnamed Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), their extreme racist roots and their continuing support from the white supremacist community, a fact that does not exclude them from a very prominent role in immigration policy activism.