The Eugenists, racists, and members of white supremacist groups haven’t gone away- they’ve simply found a new home: the anti-immigrant movement.
FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, has employed white supremacists in key leadership roles, has accepted over a million dollars from a eugenics foundation AND, as if that weren’t enough, has helped to bolster racist conspiracy theories throughout the country.
FAIR is not the voice of the mainstream, it’s the voice of individuals who have helped fuel the 40% increase in the number of hate groups in the US. These aren’t citizen advocacy groups, or simply groups of concerned folk- they are hate groups plain and tall.
The most terrifying number in all of this? A 35% increase in hate crimes against latinos. There has certianly been a similar increase in hate crimes against South Asians and Arabs, and increases in hate crimes against other marginalized groups.
A recent report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, outlines the story of FAIR as a hate group, and it justifies their official addition to the national list of hate groups maintained by the organization.
Also, for a more mainstream view of the rise of nativism this week, check out the dec. 17th issue of the New Yorker, would love to know what you think about it.