White Nationalist Site Joins Anti-LGBT Groups in Campaign Against Southern Poverty Law Center

Trudy Ring, The Advocate, July 19, 2017

A white nationalist website has joined in the campaign against the Southern Poverty Law Center launched by anti-LGBT organizations that object to the SPLC’s description of them as “hate groups.”

VDARE.com Tuesday tweeted out a story critical of the SPLC, calling it the “Southern Poverty Lie Center” and using the hashtag #SPLCExposed, reports watchdog group Media Matters.

The campaign was started by a coalition of right-wing groups and is led by the Family Research Council. The right has been denouncing media for using the “hate group” description in articles about the Alliance Defending Freedom, an anti-LGBT legal group that last week hosted a closed-door address by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The ADF has demanded that ABC News apologize for using the term, even though it was placed in quotes or qualified with “alleged” and attributed to the SPLC. Another far-right legal group, Liberty Counsel, has sued charity monitoring service GuideStar over its use of the SPLC “hate group” description, and GuideStar has agreed to remove those labels from its website.

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VDARE.com certainly seems to push “racist propaganda.” The SPLC’s page on the site, run by the VDARE Foundation, offers several choice quotes from writers it has published, such as “America was defined — almost explicitly, sometimes very explicitly — as a white nation, for white people, and what that means is that there is virtually no figure, no law, no policy, no event in the history of the old, white America that can survive the transition to the new and non-white version.”

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The site was founded in 1999 by Peter Brimelow, an immigrant from England, and named after Virginia Dare, the first English child born in the Americas. The SPLC writes, “While Brimelow vehemently denies that the site is white nationalist, preferring instead ‘politically incorrect,’ many of the articles published there contain typical white nationalist themes; Brimelow also concedes that he does publish some ‘white nationalist’ authors, like Jared Taylor of American Renaissance magazine. They decry the demise of white America, blaming immigrants, multiculturalists, and members of the ‘Treason Lobby’ — essentially groups concerned with protecting immigrants’ human and civil rights — for undermining the racial cohesion of the nation.”

A column it carried from Taylor “dismisses ‘the fantasy of racial equality,’ claims the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ‘stripped Americans of the right to make free decisions,’ and says that ‘[b]lacks, in particular, riot with little provocation,’” the SPLC continues.

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