Saturday, February 11, 2012

ProEnglish and white nationalism?

We've called attention on this blog before to connections between right-wing extremism and English-only types. Yesterday brought a new example: CPAC featured a panel on "The Failure of Multiculturalism: How the pursuit of diversity is weakening the American Identity." Progressive media people have called attention to the role of Peter Brimelow at CPAC, who has apparently described bilingualism as about "the determination of the elites not to press immigrants to assimilate" (here). But there's more, according to Mother Jones,
Robert Vandervoort, who runs a group called ProEnglish and according to the Institute for Research on Education and Human Rights "was also the organizer of the white nationalist group, Chicagoland Friends of American Renaissance" … .
The ProEnglish website includes a lot on their efforts to eliminate bilingual ballots, etc., and they're pushing the effort to remove an elected official in Arizona over her alleged lack of knowledge of English. They don't seem to play up their ties to the extreme right.

It's worth keeping an eye on what the English-only types do when they're not doing English-only stuff.

Update from TPM, here.

1 comment:

Saskia Scott said...

What an awful website.