By:Hugh Cadfael | June 03, 2015
So the Southern Poverty Law Center has divined that Ann Coulter is a “white nationalist.”
SPLC drew this conclusion because Coulter says some things with which other “white nationalists” agree, and SPLC dutifully assembled such “racist” quotes and placed them side-by-side.
Examples (the italics are SPLC’s):
One may assume the new majority will not be such compassionate overlords as the white majority has been. If this sort of drastic change were legally imposed on any group other than white Americans, it would be called genocide. Yet whites are called racists merely for mentioning the fact that current immigration law is intentionally designed to reduce their percentage in the population. (From AnnCoulter.com)
“Why can’t European-Americans be concerned with this genocide [of white people]? Is it racial to say that?” – Gordon Baum, former head of the white nationalist group Council of Conservative Citizens . . .
“You fled that culture because there are a lot of problems with that culture. We can share our culture with other nations without bringing all of their people here. When you bring the people here, you bring those cultures here. That includes honor killings, it includes uncles raping their nieces, it includes dumping litter all over, it includes not paying your taxes, it includes paying bribes to government officials. That isn’t our culture.” (Coulter in Politico)
“Statistics repeatedly prove that ILLEGAL ALIENS, first committing a criminal act by violating our borders and then bringing their values and culture to our midst, are major contributors to our mounting financial burdens as well as moral and social decay.” – Barbara Coe, former head of the anti-immigrant hate group California Coalition for Immigration Reform
Coulter is exactly right, of course, which makes SPLC’s claim another example of criminalizing truth. You can’t say some things because they are true, which proves a corollary of H.L. Mencken’s observation that people fear justice, not injustice. People fear the truth, not lies.
The occasion of SPLC’s alarm is, of course, Coulter’s new book, Adios America: The Left's Plan To Turn Our Country Into A Third World Hellhole, and the associated publicity around it.
Here is SPLC’s logic distilled: Coulter thinks immigration is too high. So do the racists at Stormfront. Ergo, Coulter is a racist who supports Stormfront.
And here it is, summed up and broadened into a general leftist principle: If a conservative says anything with which an officially-declared “racist” agrees, then the conservative is a “racist.”
Indeed, it’s really worse than that. Even doubting a leftist claim means one is “racist.” as SPLC’s highlighting this “racist” quote shows:
“But unfortunately for liberals, there is no racism in America. There is more cholera in America than there is racism. But they have to invent it.”
SPLC’s point? Trying to refute the claim that “racism” is an endemic American pathology is itself evidence of “racism.”
George Orwell had a word for this.