Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Tuesday's Hate Group: FAIR

by Pa Rock
Citizen Journalist

The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) sounds like a fairly mainstream organization devoted to sorting out the difficult issue of immigration. They even have a classy website that would lead the casual observer to conclude that this is a group of average citizens striving to clarify an issue and educate the general citizenry and legislative bodies. They sound like a swell bunch of fellas.

Problem is there is not much "fair" about it, especially if you happen to be looking at the organization from the vantage point of being an immigrant to America - documented or otherwise. FAIR seems to be composed primarily of a swell bunch of white fellas, seemingly dedicated to making the world a better place for like-minded (and close-minded, and simple-minded) white fellas.

The Jewish News of Greater Phoenix described the organization this way:

"Founded in 1979, FAIR is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a racist, anti-Catholic, pro-eugenics hate group. It has employed White supremacists and promoted conspiracy theories about Mexico's plot to take over the southwestern United States. It's founder, John Talton, openly hopes for a race war. One of FAIR's chief lawyers, Kris Kobach, is the 'brains' behind SB 1070, having crafted the terms behind that legislation."

The Southern Poverty Law Center, referenced above, is the pre-eminent organization in the United States dedicated to tracking the activities of hate groups. The SPLC got even more specific regarding FAIR:

"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 SPLC also alleges that Fair has accepted more than $1 million from the Pioneer Fund, "a hate group that funds controversial studies on race and intelligence."

Somehow using the terms "hate group" and "intelligence" in the same sentence seems a bit oxymoronic - sort of like the subtle implication that FAIR is fair!

1 comment:

Xobekim said...

Kobach is running for Secretary of State in Kansas. His campaign signs say: "End Election Fraud."

I hope the Democratic Party's eventual candidate campaigns against Kobah with the slogan "End Intellectual Fraud."

If he teaches law as badly as he writes law his students may have a cause of action in professorial malpractice!