In October 2012, Jean-Philippe Rushton, a Canadian psychology professor and probably the most important race scientist in North America, died of cancer. At the time of his death, Rushton was running the Pioneer Fund, a grant-making entity founded in the 1930s by Americans with Nazi sympathies. In recent decades, Pioneer has been the only major foundation devoted to subsidizing race science and eugenics research, areas of science that are now fully discredited.
Under Rushton, the Pioneer Fund gave out very few grants, concentrating its disbursements on prominent race scientists such as Jared Taylor of the white nationalist group, American Renaissance. Rushton also headed the Charles Darwin Research Institute, located in Port Huron, Mich., an online outfit that distributed his racist research. Rushton’s most infamous study concluded that brain and genital size were inversely related, suggesting that black people are less intelligent than whites and more highly sexualized. Sometime in the last year, the website for the Charles Darwin Research Institute went offline.
For most of the last year, the Pioneer Fund’s website provided no indication that Rushton had passed away nor did it register any information about who was in change of the group. Messages left by Hatewatch at the fund’s phone number over the last year have not been returned.
But some time in mid-2013, a notice was posted on the website about what was happening at Pioneer. It said that in August 2012, Rushton transferred half the assets of the Pioneer Fund to his Charles Darwin Research Institute. The website also said that Rushton had resigned before his death as president of the fund and nominated Richard Lynn as his successor.
Do you think they might be overly sensitive to charges of racism because they are racists? Remember that the truth cuts the deepest.
Twitter is a fantastic medium for breaking news, but as we learned during virtually every major breaking news event in the past year, it can also turn into a veritable aviary of users parroting each other’s falsehoods. Just that happened today, when a Business Insider story mistakenly quoted Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee, as saying self-deportation is “racist” during the RNC’s summer meeting in Boston. The misquote in question comes in around the 30-second mark here:
You can hear Priebus say, “Obviously, it hurts us,” which could be misheard as “Obviously, it’s racist.” It’s telling that that was more than enough to set off Drudge-sirens in conservative talking heads’ brains—so paranoid are they about RNC leadership that they believed Priebus would say something so stupid:
Punch out to Slate to see the frothing Tweets.
The Heritage Foundation made something of a splash with its study suggesting that immigration reform will cost the public trillions. Past work by one of its co-authors helps put that piece in context.
Jason Richwine is relatively new to the think tank world. He received his PhD in public policy from Harvard in 2009, and joined Heritage after a brief stay at the American Enterprise Institute. Richwine’s doctoral dissertation is titled “IQ and Immigration Policy” the contents are well summarized in the dissertation abstract:
The statistical construct known as IQ can reliably estimate general mental ability, or intelligence. The average IQ of immigrants in the United States is substantially lower than that of the white native population, and the difference is likely to persist over several generations. The consequences are a lack of socioeconomic assimilation among low-IQ immigrant groups, more underclass behavior, less social trust, and an increase in the proportion of unskilled workers in the American labor market. Selecting high-IQ immigrants would ameliorate these problems in the U.S., while at the same time benefiting smart potential immigrants who lack educational access in their home countries.
Richwine’s dissertation asserts that there are deep-set differentials in intelligence between races. While it’s clear he thinks it is partly due to genetics — “the totality of the evidence suggests a genetic component to group differences in IQ” — he argues the most important thing is that the differences in group IQs are persistent, for whatever reason. He writes, “No one knows whether Hispanics will ever reach IQ parity with whites, but the prediction that new Hispanic immigrants will have low-IQ children and grandchildren is difficult to argue against.”
Scratch an opponent of reasonable immigration reform, uncover a racist. Every time.
More on Jason Richwine from the SPLC,
“The argument that immigrants themselves are no different from the ones that came 100 years ago I think is quite wrong, and I think that the major difference here is ethnicity — or race, if you will.” Not only do people of the same race tend to stick together, Richwine said, but “races differ in all sorts of ways, and probably the most important way is in IQ.”
Not surprisingly, Richwine’s remarks were warmly received on white nationalist blogs. “Definitely someone we want to keep our eye on,” wrote Marcus Epstein on the blog of the anti-immigration hate site VDARE.com.
“[His] name sounds Jewish, which makes what follows even more remarkable,” crowed Larry Auster, who runs the blog View from the Right.
Richwine joined Krikorian and Fred Siegal, a professor at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, for the July 1 discussion at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), an influential, conservative think tank based in Washington, D.C. Richwine, who is completing a dissertation on immigration and IQ, is a National Research Initiative fellow at AEI and will remain there after finishing his degree this fall. He joins AEI-sponsored scholar Charles Murray, co-author of The Bell Curve, the highly controversial 1994 book that argues that blacks and Latinos have lower IQs than whites and that most social welfare and affirmative action programs are doomed to failure as a result.
Read the whole thing.
The head of the European Jewish Congress condemned the “racist” killing of an immigrant in Athens last week, saying it was a result of Greece’s tolerance of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party.
“We are witness to an increasing violence against foreigners and minorities in Greece which is the natural result of inaction by the authorities against racist and anti-Semitic hate speech and violent attacks,” EJC President Moshe Kantor said in a statement issued Tuesday.
The victim, a Pakistani immigrant, was pulled off his motorbike and stabbed to death in downtown Athens by two men in an attack that Greek police said appeared racially motivated.
The killing sparked large anti-racism protests in Athens over the weekend.
The two suspects have been arrested and police found Golden Dawn pamphlets in the house of one of them.
“Racist violence and murder does not exist in a vacuum,” Kantor said.
Here’s a screen shot of the current main headline on Drudge
And here’s the story the headline links to:
It’s a pretty standard movie review. Not sure why Drudge decided to write the N word over and over and over again….and put it in quotes under a picture of a pretty wasted looking Quentin Tarrantino. I think it’s pretty reasonable to believe the headline, suggesting a direct quote, and then the picture suggest that Quentin Tarrantino went on a Michael Richards-style rant…..only there’s nothing like that in the story. Here’s the part of the review that deals with the use of the N word:
Quite naturally, given the historical setting, the N-word gets a heavy workout, by whites and blacks alike. But much more forceful is the cruelty dispensed by the Southern whites, both as punishment and whim; attack dogs are unleashed on one man, Mandingo fighters (in an homage to the unforgettable 1975 Mandingo) battle to the death in a beautifully appointed drawing room for the wealthy’s amusement, a woman is locked naked in a metal ‘hot box,’ genital mutilation is arranged for a man and much more
That’s it. Actually, it’s just that first half sentence.
Also, notice the sub headers at the top. A “flashback” to Spike Lee using the N-word and maybe kinda sorta making an anti-semitic remark. Jaime Foxx saying that he was called the N-word as a kid (Is that really worthy of a headline???)
I guess I saw this and was just shocked. I know I shouldn’t be, but I was.
It actually kind of reminds me of the break with historical accuracies in Inglorious Basterds. Tarrantino killed Hitler in that movie because he just wanted to kill Hitler. Looks like Drudge just wanted to see how many times he could drop the N-bomb on the most visited right wing blog on the internet.
In my opinion this is race baiting at it’s worst. It’s insulting, offensive, unhinged, gratuitous lunacy.
ArcelorMittal and France Strike a Deal, but Question Remains: Was This Racism Instead of Socialism? - Quartz
The last-minute peace deal between French President Francois Hollande and steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal may have saved everyone’s face for the time being. ArcelorMittal plants in France will remain open and job losses will be averted after the government backed away from nationalization threats.
But the damage to Paris’s reputation will be long-lasting.
The world has seen France as a defensive, declining power that can take a xenophobic and—according to some sections of the Indian press—even borderline racist attitude to foreign investors, especially if they come from rising Asia where Europe’s second-largest economy once ran a vast colonial empire.
The personal attacks on Mittal began last week when the paradoxically titled Industrial Recovery Minister Arnaud Montebourg lashed out at billionaire Mittal and his French operations for “lying” and “blackmail.” The minister went so far as to say the company, which employs 20,000 in France, should “get out” of the country because it had failed to show “respect” by planning to shut down two mothballed blast furnaces, resulting in potentially hundreds of job losses.
A poor grasp of basic economics, business imperatives and global financial conditions was demonstrated by the minister, unions and even former senior figures in ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy’s centre-right administration. All of them joined the crowd baying for Mittal’s metaphorical head, although the head of France’s large employers’ association MEDEF, Laurence Parisot, said the threats of nationalization were “scandalous.” A front-page Le Monde editorial also lambasted Montebourg and Hollande for jeopardizing foreign investment with their intemperate words and threats.
In a forest grove not far from the nation’s capital, several dozen men and women gather. As the light fades, they enact a ritual over a century old but as fresh and searing as the flame they ignite.
They call themselves “the invisible empire” for a reason: They thrive in secrecy, almost never permitting outsiders in.
Who are they?
“You don’t know who I am,” one man said. “You could think the world of me, and yet if you see me in this hood and knew who I was, your whole thoughts could change.”
“I’ve been a fireman, I’ve been in the Navy,” said another.
The people wearing these robes walk among us. Yet together, as they were this summer in Martinsville, Va., they are the Ku Klux Klan.
“Klansmen, the fiery cross!” a man shouted.
Five days after I spraypainted over a racist and bigoted advertisement in the New York subway, a man set fire to my brother’s local mosque. He struck just a few hours after the mosque’s kindergarten had been filled with children at Sunday school, including my four nieces and nephews.
It was a coincidental correlation but there was nothing casual about either the hate speech on the walls of the subway - which a judge declared “protected political statement” - or the arson in Ohio, which was described as an “act of terrorism” by officials who announced federal hate crime charges against the suspect.
American rightwingers - in between calling me a “bitch” and “cunt” countless times - would have you know I’m an “Islamo-Nazi anti-speech ungrateful immigrant” incapable of appreciating the wonders of the first amendment. The right is incredibly deft at getting earnest about all the wrong things. It was precisely my love of the first amendment that made me join sidewalk activists in 2010 to support an Islamic community center’s right to open in Lower Manhattan. As a member of a minority whose very presence has been considered an offense - “Why can’t you just move a few blocks away? Can’t you see you’re hurting our feelings?” - of course, I believe in the right to offend: it’s a two-way street.
A bag of dogshit was left at the doorstep of Park51, a car circled the building and our protest with a decommissioned missile mounted on its roof, and Tea Partiers often visited the protest to pick arguments.
When I first heard about those subway ads, Park51 immediately came to mind. Pamela Geller connects the dots of hate, determined to mine the depths of American ignorance to once again bully Muslims and Arabs. Her group, Stop Islamization of America, was behind attempts to shut down Park51, calling it the “Ground Zero Mosque”. Her recent subway ad, paid for by her anti-Muslim American Freedom Defense Initiative, conflates “savage” (a heinous word loaded with a dehumanizing and bloody history in this country; ask blacks and Native Americans) with Palestinian/Muslim/Arab and with “Jihad”.
Hal was also the ultimate source of the “China’s going to take our homes through emminent domain” kookspiracy that Pam Geller and other wingnut bloggers floated a few years back, and Hal was also rumored to be a frequent caller in the early days to the Sean Hannity radio show.
(I posted about the China kookspiracy here.)
Harold C. “Hal” Turner, the right-wing Internet radio shock jock, racist, Holocaust denier, FBI snitch, lynching advocate and jailbird, is back home in his New Jersey condo after spending nearly three years in a prison cell in Indiana for threatening three federal judges on his blog who had upheld a handgun ban in Chicago.
You might add delusional to the Turner list.
Just before being released from a Newark half-way house in pre-dawn darkness last Friday, Turner, 50, told the Herald News of New Jersey, “I think my actions, in defense of the country and working covertly for the FBI, prove I’m one of the good guys.”
Good guy? Good grief.
On his now defunct radio show, Turner ranted and raved for years about “bull-dyke lesbians,” “savage Negro beasts,” “faggots” and a “portable nigger lyncher” machine.
After a countless number of such incendiary statements on the radio, his blog and at neo-Nazi-sponsored rallies from New York to Michigan, Turner finally went too far. On June 24, 2009, he was arrested and charged with threatening to assault and murder three federal judges. Turner had been seething over a decision in a Chicago appeals court that upheld a local handgun ban.
“Let me be the first to say this plainly,” Turner wrote on his blog on June 2, “these judges deserve to be killed.”
“Their blood will replenish the tree of liberty,” he continued. “A small price to pay to assure freedom for millions.” The next day, Turner updated the post to include the names, work addresses, phone numbers and photographs of the judges.
It took federal prosecutors three trials before convicting Turner of threatening the judges. The first two ended in mistrials.
Turner’s defense argued that the First Amendment protected his speech. His racist rants and threats were part of his undercover work as an FBI informant, his lawyers said. All his talk of “dykes,” “Negro beasts” and lynching machines was a ruse, they argued, encouraged by his federal handlers to draw truly dangerous white supremacist out into the open.
“The vast majority of the things Hal said were nothing more than shock jock material,” Michael A. Orozco, the lawyer who represented Turner at his first two trials said today. “I don’t think he was a racist. He was doing a lot of those things at the behest of the FBI.”
“Hal likes to push people’s buttons,” Orozco added. “I don’t think he meant to cause those judges any harm.”