I admit that when I scan the newspapers for the latest news I don’t generally turn to the Kansas City Star for insight on current events. Not that I have a bias against non-national newspapers, after all, the Des Moines Register (a sister newspaper of the Star) and the Sacramento Bee manage to turn out very well-informed newspapers despite their location as second-tier cities. But the recent anti-immigrant screeds of Kansas City Star columnist, Juanell Garrett caught my attention. Ms. Garrett has clearly succumbed to Lou Dobbs disease. This malady is characterized by an irrational urge to spout outrageous claims against “illegal immigrants” and a desire to make league with neo-Nazis like Patrick Buchanan and Peter Brimelow (host the nativist VDare website). The prognosis for Lou Dobbs disease is usually grim: slow deterioration of rational faculties and a need to rant incoherently about “illegals.” Let’s examine the findings.
In a post on
Among the familiar, and discredited canards, advanced by Garrett, are: 1) this generation of immigrants are different than previous immigrants; 2) “alien blood” is threating “our vitality”; 3) immigrants are taxing our “welfare system”; 4) Mexican immigrants refuse to assimilate (presumably unlike previous immigrants); 5) “amnesty” for undocumented immigrants only invites more immigrants. Finally, Garret posts a great deal of nonsense by such well known nativists such as Tom Tancredo and Patrick Buchanan.
All of these claims have been discredited and discussed on Eristic Ragemail (http://eristic-ragemail.blogspot.com). I invite readers to peruse the relevant postings and the supporting documentation. Unlike Garrett, the posts reference neutral and or primary sources. Garrett’s column relies entirely on anti-immigrant advocates. Worse, most of his sources are certified nutwings which have been identified as hate groups by such venerable institutions as the Southern Poverty Law Center’s, Hatewatch and the Anti-Defamation League. The sources cited by Garrett would not pass muster on a high school freshman’s report, much less in any credible newspaper.
To cite just a couple of examples, Garrett cites Jim Corsi, who according to SPLC’s Hate Watch Intelligence report:
Insult-mongerer Jerome Corsi has made a career of peddling conspiracy theories in far-right publications and his own books, variously attacking 2004 presidential candidate John Kerry, undocumented immigrants, and alleged secret plans to merge
Corsi also is a bigot. During the 2004 presidential campaign, Media Matters for
Garrett relies entirely on extreme Nativists who have been discredited as proponents of a hate agenda. Other extremist nutwings cited by Garrett are Tom Tancredo, Patrick Buchanan and Jim Gilchrist. The VDare website, referenced by Garrett, is very forthright in its racist and anti-Semitic agenda and has been identified as a hate group by both the SPLC and the ADL. The ADL has stated that “VDare, [is] a Website that publishes racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-immigrant articles authored by extremists…” In fact, not a singe source cited by Garrett could be described as informed, mainstream or neutral. Without exception all of the sources relied upon by Garrett to make her anti-immigrant arguments come from Nativists, hate-groups or extremists.
I invite readers to analyse the network of hate-groups that make up the Nativist fringe on Eristic ragemail. (http://eristic-ragemail.blogspot.com) It is quite unfortunate that a legitimate newspaper like the Kansas City Star should give a forum for the rantings of these hate groups under the guise of discussing illegal immigration.
List of groups identified by the Anti-Defamation League and Hatewatch as hate groups, Wikipeadia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_purported_hate_groups. List of Nativist groups identified as hate groups:
- American Immigration Control Foundation (Hatewatch)
- American Patrol (Hatewatch)
- California Coalition for Immigration Reform (Hatewatch)
- Save Our State (Hatewatch)
- VDARE (Hatewatch)
- American Renaissance (ADL)
- Federation for American Immigration Reform (Hatewatch)
“The Nativists,” Southern Policy Law Center, Intelligence Report, http://www.splcenter.org/intel/intelreport/article.jsp?pid=1518.“Immigrants Targeted: Extremist Rhetoric Moves into the Mainstream Groups: The Dustin Inman Society - Georgia” Anti-Defamation League, http://www.adl.org/Civil_Rights/anti_immigrant/da_king.asp
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