At Imagine 2050, Sarah Viets is literally crying over the alleged nexus between eugenics, White Nationalism, and the immigration reform movement. She claims that FAIR, ALIPAC, NumbersUSA, CIS and so forth are fighting to “preserve the idea of a white nation.” These groups are conspiring to hide their White Nationalist roots from public view. They are using the rhetoric of civic nationalism to push crypto-racialism onto an unsuspecting public. In fact, Viets concludes “anti-immigration is white nationalism.”
Well, if these allegations are true, I never got the memo. Here’s the video that has gotten her so upset:
The central figure in this White Nationalist conspiracy is Wayne Lutton who edits The Social Contract Press. Leonard Zeskind mentions him several times in Blood and Politics. Viets claims he is a board member of the Charles Martel Society. Presumably, her source is Wikipedia, which relies on a dead link to The Occidental Quarterly site. I don’t see Lutton on the Editorial Advisory Board.
Mehler and Viets are playing fast and loose with history. The American eugenics movement was never concerned primarily with race. Charles Davenport and Harry Laughlin were more interested in class. The overwhelming majority of the +70,000 Americans who were sterilized belonged to the White underclass. Madison Grant wanted to preserve the American Nordic and fought to cut off immigration from Southern and Eastern Europe. The Second Klan was a Northern based organization that fought to preserve America as a Protestant nation.
“White Nationalism” emerged in the late 1980s/early 1990s as the oldline white supremacists began to abandon the idea of reestablishing control over the multiracial United States. It is certainly related to these earlier social movements, but only in the sense that contemporary liberalism is descended from Whig political theory. Eugenics, White Nationalism, and immigration reform overlap in concentric circles like communism, social democracy, and liberalism. They are not one in the same.
Generally speaking, the mainstream immigration reform organizations are not pushing a White Nationalist message. They are not making the identitarian argument that America is a “white man’s country” and should remain that way. Instead, they stress that illegal aliens have broken the law, that they take jobs from native workers, damage the environment, burden public services like schools and hospitals, commit violent crimes, and spread infectious disease. They certainly aren’t advocating anything as controversial as sterilizing non-Whites on racial grounds.
As with most of leftist scholarship, this article reeks of hype, guilt by association, and overblown tenuous connections. It is rooted in paranoia.