Last week, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann(R-MN)
called for Congress to reconvene so it could take
out parts of the recent
Freddie Mac bailout that give $500 million in
unmarked grants to
far-Left “community development” groups, such
National Council of La Raza.
Bachmann`s stand is symbolic but admirable. The
Treason Lobby`s tentacles are reaching out to seize
the American taxpayer.
When the bailout bill was passed at the end of July,
there was little public comment on the money going to La
Raza. However, it`s not the first time they`ve tried
this stunt. In May, Congressman Barney Frank
earmarked $15 million to La Raza in his Housing
Stabilization and Homeownership Retention Act of 2008.
The bill was killed—but a number of people on the Hill
have told me that they expect La Raza to end up with
even more money in the act that subsequently passed.
To put this grant in perspective: even $15 million
dollars is greater than the total assets of the three
biggest immigration control groups—Numbers
Center for Immigration Studies, and
The Federation for American Immigration Reform—combined.
It`s not as if La Raza needs taxpayer money. It
currently has over
$100 million dollars in assets, along with its
Raza Development Fund, their “community
development lending arm” that has another 53
million. This is before they got their housing bailout
money, along with
$1.3 million dollars it got from HUD earlier this
$16 million dollars that The Wachovia Foundation,
associated with the Wachovia Corporation bank, pledged
to them in June.
Occasionally I get a call from supporters who suggest
we organize a boycott of different companies that
contribute to La Raza. The name I hear most is State
I tell them that as much I`d love to boycott them,
right now there is pretty much nowhere to go. I looked
up the sponsors La Raza`s last annual conference—there
over 200 of them—and just about every major
insurance company was there including,
Aetna, Nationwide, Geico, Sharp Healthcare, and
Prudential! In addition there were over two dozen
government and military agencies; the
Republican Party (!); and, most shockingly, a
number of charities. The March of Dimes, Foundation for
the Advancement in
Cancer Research, National Eye Institute, and
Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and
Paralysis Resource Center all were sponsors of the
Many of these organizations will no doubt claim that
their sponsorship was used for the purpose of
affirmative action hires—not that it makes it any
better. The government will insist that the money given
to La Raza is given for specific projects like setting
Spanish Language Charter Schools or giving
housing assistance to illegal aliens. Again, not
like it makes it any better.
Besides, all funds are fungible.
So before La Raza get new grants, voters, consumers,
and donors should ask what exactly La Raza is doing with
this money from the U.S. taxpayer,
big business, and the March of Dimes?
One of its major projects is a new website called
Can Stop the Hate“ designed to
blacklist anyone who opposes
their agenda. According to the New York Times,
La Raza wants to
silence haters “even if such censorship were a
First Amendment rights”. La Raza`s president
Janet Murguia justifies this because
“Everyone knows there is
a line sometimes that can be crossed when it comes to
free speech. And when free speech transforms into
hate speech, we`ve got to draw that line.” [
A Call to End Hate Speech, By Ariel Alexovich,
February 1, 2008]
So who has crossed the line? La Raza`s main
institutional targets are the aforementioned immigration
control groups: FAIR, CIS, and Numbers USA.
Astonishingly, La Raza`s mode of attack is to go after
them for their source of funding.
We Can Stop the Hate recently posted a
YouTube video which opens with an ominous score and
text asking “what if all the leading anti immigration
groups…were founded by the same man…funded by the same
organization…and have ties to white supremacy?” The
video proceeds to the lovely
Heidi Beirich of the
Southern Poverty Law Center (which, by the way, has
$219 million) who suggests that all the
organizations are both funded and controlled by…Dr.
Of course, Beirich does not quote a single word
from any member of the organization saying anything
“racist”. In fact, she actually claims the lack
of overt “hate speech” is what makes them so
dangerous. Their whole purpose, she says, is “to
present a moderate face that is disconnected from
[the extremists], but in reality isn`t.”
So for La Raza and the SPLC, the line between
“free speech” and “hate speech” is crossed
before opponents of mass immigration even open their
As for Dr.
Tanton, he deserves a great deal of credit for
helping out fledging immigration reform groups. But he
is not even close to being the main benefactor of any of
the groups, and isn`t associated with any besides FAIR.
far from being a right wing extremist, he is a
conservationist concerned with sustainable growth.
(Which is why he is
attacked by writers like
Jason Riley in the
Wall Street Journal as a liberal
As frustrating as these baseless smear attacks may
be, they should be heartening to patriotic immigration
reformers. With a little bit of money, groups like FAIR,
CIS, and Numbers USA, along with groups with even less
like VDARE.COM, have managed to
halt the agenda of La Raza and
many other organizations with income and endowments
in the tens and hundreds of millions of dollars.
Imagine what we could do with a little bit more!
On that note—have you
contributed to VDARE.COM recently?
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Robert A Taft Club and the executive director of the
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