CPAC: Icky Brown People Are Destroying our Country

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Ann Coulter told her readers at World Net Daily the other day that Americans should be more afraid of immigrants than of the Islamic State:

“ISIS is not at our doorstep. Illegal immigrants are not only at our doorstep, but millions of them are already through the door, murdering far more Americans than ISIS ever will.”

The rhetoric from this year’s CPAC seems to be in agreement with this frenzied analysis.

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), like the State of Iowa, always brings out the worst in Republicans, and never more so where the forces of ethnic nationalism are concerned. The Republican Party seems particularly prone to falling into line with white nationalist rhetoric that has been especially noticeable at the Tea Party level.

As Right Wing Watch reports, CPAC is in part sponsored by a White Nationalist organization, ProEnglish, “led by Bob Vandervoort, an activist with a history as a white nationalist organizer. This year, CPAC once again allowed ProEnglish to host a booth in the event’s exhibit hall, which entails a $4,000 sponsorship.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) tells us that,

ProEnglish is the creation of John Tanton, the racist architect of the modern anti-immigrant movement. Tanton has made his white nationalist views clear, writing that he believes that “for European-American society and culture to persist requires a European-American majority, and a clear one at that.” In a memo Tanton prepared for the leadership of the Washington anti-immigrant lobbying group Federation for American Immigration Reform, Tanton questioned the “educability” of Latinos and warned of a coming “Latin onslaught.” Tanton serves on ProEnglish’s board with Kent, and Tanton’s foundation, U.S. Inc., funds the organization.

According to ProEnglish, their mission is,

ProEnglish is the nation’s leading advocate of official English. We work through the courts and in the court of public opinion to defend English’s historic role as America’s common, unifying language, and to persuade lawmakers to adopt English as the official language at all levels of government.

But they are up to a bit more than just making English our official language. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) refers to them as an “anti-immigrant group,” and during 2012’s CPAC reported that Peter Brimelow, who runs the racist Web site VDARE,

[A]lleged that kids cannot get a job at MacDonald’s because they can’t speak Spanish – a trend he described as a “ferocious attack on living standards of the American working class…just as immigration policy in general is.”

The ADL’s profile of board member Phil Kent, whom, as the Southern Poverty Law Center reported in 2011, was appointed by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal “to serve on a new state panel charged with enforcing the state’s harsh new immigration law,” is revealing in this regard:

Phil Kent is a longtime anti-immigrant activist based in Georgia who once suggested that citzens should be wary of multiculturalism, stating, “What will be the values and ideas of a multicultural America? What will it mean to be white after ‘whiteness’ no longer defines the cultural main-stream?” Kent also spoke at the 2009 Social Contract Press Writers Workshop, a group founded by Tan-ton. The workshop is held annually and often features racist speakers, including Peter Brimelow, the founder of the anti-immigrant website VDARE.

No, these are not nice people, despite Kent’s objection that one of the groups he is affiliated with, the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens (CCC) has been “targeted for demonization by the political leadership of the Left and its media allies.”

Because nothing says wholesome like the idea that only white people are…well, people.

The idea that multiculturalism is destroying the country is an interesting one, if only because multiculturalism has been an essential part of the rich tapestry that is American society from its very earliest colonial days.

From the very beginning, people from different nations came to America to start new lives. Even if in the beginning the majority of European immigrants were English, there were also many Scots and Irish, as well as Dutch, Germans, and others. Not to mention many African Americans, brought here as slaves, and, of course, an equally diverse collection of Native American cultures.

After the American Revolution, the pace of immigration picked up, and U.S. Census figures tell the tale: The first U.S. Census was taken in 1790, three years after the drafting of the United States Constitution, and revealed that fully one-fifth of the 3.9 million-strong population was African American, even though each African American was only 3/5 of a human being according to that Constitution (this first census did not include Native Americans).

If you look at specific Mid-Atlantic and Southern states, you see that a high percentage of the population of each was actually enslaved:

South Carolina – 42 percent
Virginia – 39 percent
Georgia – 35 percent
Maryland – 32 percent
North Carolina – 26 percent

Looks pretty multicultural to me. Just sayin’. And these people, need it be remembered, had not asked to be here.

While much of the data has been lost, we know that most of the rest (1.3 million) were English, Scots (180,000), and Germans (156,000), with Dutch (54,000), Irish (44,000) and French (13,000). Obviously, the new country was populated with more than just English speakers. And if English colonists were a majority, they were not an overwhelming majority. Three-fifths is 60 percent, and 60 percent is just enough to override a presidential veto.

If you examine the census records, you find that in 1850, 9.7 percent of Americans were foreign-born, in 1860, 13.2 percent, in 1870, 14.4 percent and so on, not dropping below 10 percent again until 1940. To see just how diverse America’s population is, it is instructive to take a look at the Census Bureau’s Region and Country or Area of Birth of the Foreign-Born Population: 1960 to 1990 (1999)

The census also tells you were immigrants were coming from in different periods of U.S. history. In 1870, Chinese were added to the census as a category to include all East Asian people, and in 1890, the category of “Japanese” was added. Hindu, Korean, and Filipino were added in 1920. Mexicans were included in 1930 but in 1940 Mexicans turned into white people, a no doubt inexplicable decision to Republicans today. There have always been, among these various categories, gays and lesbians, atheists and Muslims and people of various other religions.

Though Kent’s CCC believes “mixing the races is rebelliousness against God,” Thomas Jefferson felt it necessary to make this point in relation to his Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom (1786), writing in his autobiography (1821) that,

[When] the [Virginia] bill for establishing religious freedom … was finally passed, … a singular proposition proved that its protection of opinion was meant to be universal. Where the preamble declares that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed, by inserting the word “Jesus Christ,” so that it should read “a departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion.” The insertion was rejected by a great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend within the mantle of its protection the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mahometan, the Hindoo and infidel of every denomination.

In over two centuries, multiculturalism has not destroyed the United States. It has changed it, certainly (and if the America of 2015 is not the America of 1945, neither was the America of 1815 the America of 1745) but not destroyed it.

What is really being said here at CPAC is that “icky brown people” are destroying the United States. Multiculturalism, used this way, is simply a code word for “people who aren’t like us – i.e. not white.” And they’re not even really trying very hard to disguise that fact.

Image: Map from Daily Mail showing where America came from

44 Replies to “CPAC: Icky Brown People Are Destroying our Country”

  1. CPAC should be renamed the CONFEDERATE Political Action Committee.

    Only thing missing is the Stars and Bars flag and the Confederate gray.

  2. And slavery “for-profit” or “corporate multiculturalism” and slave states “right to be slave states”

  3. Theme song of CPAC CARRY ME BACK TO OLD VIRGINIA

    by James Bland

    Carry me back to old Virginia,
    There’s where the cotton and the corn and taters grow,
    There’s where the birds warble sweet in the springtime,
    There’s where this old darkey’s heart am long’d to go,
    There’s where I labored so hard for old massa,
    Day after day in the field of yellow corn,
    No place on earth do I love more sincerely
    Than old Virginia, the state where I was born.

    Carry me back to old Virginia,
    There let me live ’till I wither and decay,
    Long by the old Dismal Swamp have I wandered,
    There’s where this old darkey’s life will pass away.
    Massa and missis have long gone before me,
    Soon we will meet on that bright and golden shore,
    There we’ll be happy and free from all sorrow,
    There’s where we’ll meet and we’ll never part no more.

  4. I am a naturalized US citizen. Immigrants are defined by US Immigration law as “legal aliens” or LPR’s. People who violate our immigration laws are migrants not immigrants. Mr. Haralddson is an anti-immigrant who attempts to slur people by calling them racist when the real problem is his lack of facts to support his argument. I pity him. He is a confused man.

  5. Gary, you are not even making any sense, and my article is loaded with as many facts as I could squeeze in. You just refuse to acknowledge them – an old conservative sin

  6. I particularly enjoy that the only place people insist their ancestry is ‘American’ is the South. “Can’t admit I once had ancestors in any other country! Gotta be a REAL AMERICAN!”

  7. So according to the bush administration terror alert system which color would we be at
    Severe (red): severe risk
    High (orange): high risk
    Elevated (yellow): significant risk
    Guarded (blue): general risk
    Low (green): low risk

  8. I am more scared of stupid, armed southerners than I am of some 12th century savage on the other side of the world.

  9. Did you actually read the article? Oh right…your education was no doubt down South where they prefer you not learn critical thinking, that liberal evil…I feel sorry for you.

  10. You are using very confusing language. I was English Examiner for the downtown campus of a very pricey language school, and I can’t parse it. The only two facts I can extract from this screed are

    1. You don’t know jack about immigration law; and

    2. You think if you trash other non-native born, you’ll get to eat lunch with the cool kids.

  11. I don’t know which country you “emigrated” from to become a naturalized citizen here, but I would suggest that before making accusatory statements that you research the meaning of the words you choose – “migrants” typically move from place to place for whatever reason, perhaps following work/seasons. “Immigrants” move from one place to another for the purpose of resettling/relocating. You use the acronym LPR, which means Legal Permanent Resident – you note the “legal” part, right? Those who break US immigration laws can be migrants or immigrants, but your pals in the GOP apparently fail to make the distinction between legal and illegal, and unless they are of Native American descent, are themselves the product of immigration, maybe legal, maybe not – and even Native Americans ancestors came here from somewhere.
    I don’t see anywhere in the article above where the author slurred anyone – calling someone out for their folly and lies is not slurring them. Maybe an ESL class will…

  12. I would find it laughable, if it weren’t so serious. You have to remember, Southern conservatives were the ones who brought most blacks to this country, against their will. They worked them, raped them, beat them, starved them,etc… If we did this today, to any other country, there would be war! Now, God’s will, they have rights also. As it should be. These southern conservatives can’t stand that! What I find even stranger? A lot of these southerners have at least a little black ancestry in their blood! Could it be because of all those white southern slave owners raping those women? Sounds like the pot calling the kettle black to me!

  13. If they’re so concerned about their way of life, they shouldn’t have allowed their white southern ancestors to rape those black slaves!

  14. Fox news is doing more damage to the USA than any terrorist could do. They bash their President from morning into night and call themselves patriots. Their negativity and hatred for the President has caused all of this bipartisanship. What they are doing is disgraceful. You can see the hatred in their face and in their voice when they speak of him. Then they claim to be fair and balanced. their debates usually concist of one “token” Democrat. One is particular is Bob on The Five. He has four to one change of getting a sentence in. Shameful I don’t know how these people live with themselves.

  15. “What will it mean to be white after ‘whiteness’ no longer defines the cultural main-stream?”

    That sounds like a conundrum. Really, something that was already resolved in the 20th century. I liken it to the mind-set of colonialism, but recently I hear the term neo-confederacy. Eventually, it just turns into fascism.

  16. That 12th century savage is most likely in your backyard…and will be armed much better than any southern hick you may cross paths with.
    If you are afraid of those in your own country, why bother. Soon we rednecks and bible thumpers won’t have any ammo to protect ourselves much less harm anyone else who attacks our country.

  17. Wow, lot of back and forth today. Here is what is disturbing to me about CPAC and the GOP in general: A lot of the newly elected GOP congress are bible thumpers who believe that the Constitution is based on Bible verse. A lot of them are trying to organize a state religion (Christen) and what is so scary is that it is gaining traction in the mainstream.
    The anti imagration crowd uses the Bible like a hammer to make their point, and we are seeing an entire state (Alabama) defy the federal governments rule of law based on bibical law (same sex marriage issues).
    Here’s where it gets real scary, Ohio, and I think Iowa along with Texas and Pennsylvania are also thinking of defying the federal rule.
    Immigration is the tip of a very broad sword where racism and white supremency simmers just below the surface, just waiting for it’s time to vomit forth it’s very ugly head, and CPAC is where this sewage thrives and infects.

  18. You guys talk as if Robert Byrd, of KKK fame; George Wallace, of school segregation fame; and Lester Maddox, of restaurant segregation fame; were not all Democrats. And Coulter is right, illegal immigrants are indeed more deadly to Americans in America than has been al Queda

  19. all that seems to be going on here is posturing. We can’t afford to deport 11m illegals. Anything else is an attempt to get votes.

  20. Somebody should tell these crazy people what color a man like their Jesus would have been. It’s for certain there were no blond blue eyed white people running around in their holy lands.

  21. Why are repugs so afraid of everything? Right wing phony bigoted ignorant christians are behind most everything that is wrong with our country. When you put these loons all together in an event like CPAC, all they do is expose their own stupidity and hatred of anyone who has different views or looks. And they are so obtuse they do not even care how they come across to the rest of the country. They truly have diminished our standing in the world. People are laughing their asses off at how ridiculous they are.

  22. Well, if the CPAC crowd had done their homework they would have learned that with each wave of immigration of people from various cultural backgrounds made the US stronger not weaker.

    What they are doing and have been doing for the past 30+ years is make us a weaker nation by toadying to the Social Conservatives and the 1% that would like to make this country into an oligarchy.

  23. They REALLY FEAR him….Such hatred is caused by FEAR, and they see the future written in his face and are terrified of no longer being.

  24. Gary – Do you actually believe these people would accept you because you’re “naturalized?” What color is yo skin, bro? If it ain’t lilly white you’re out the door.

  25. Icky Black & Browns ARE ruining our White country. They’re socially dysfunctional and economically useless.

    And let’s remember, America was founded as a White Ethno state by White men for White people. So what? [WINK]

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