The annual CPAC conference started yesterday in Washington, DC, and the annual gathering’s first day did not disappoint. Some of the usual suspects gathered into one of the smaller rooms at 12:30 for a panel titled, “The Failure of Multiculturalism: How the pursuit of diversity is weakening the American Identity,” which was sponsored by the anti-immigrant group ProEnglish.
The panel featured Robert Vandervoort, the new executive director of ProEnglish; John Derbyshire of National Review; white nationalist Peter Brimelow, founder of the anti-immigrant VDARE.com; and Rosalie Porter, chair of ProEnglish. Listed speaker Dr. Serge Trifkovic was absent.
Unsurprisingly, most of the participants on this panel maintain lengthy track records of racism.
Breifly, Brimelow runs VDARE.com, home to some of the country’s most infamous Islamophobes, anti-Semities, and nativists. Derbyshire has called himself a “mild and tolerant racist,” and Vandervoort has attended many white nationalist gatherings and was also active in the white nationalist group Friends of American Renaissance while he lived in Chicago.
The panel attracted a far-right crowd, with the likes of Marcus Epstein—a man who plead guilty to drunkenly karate chopping a black woman while screaming racial epithets at her—turning out. Also in attendance were many members of the borderline white nationalist student group Youth for Western Civilization (YWC). YWC was chiefly represented by Kevin DeAnna, Tim Dionisopoulos, and Matthew Heimbach, who recently wrote an article for the YWC website in which Nelson Mandela was referred to as a “bloodthirsty terrorist.” Phil Kent of the anti-immigrant groups ProEnglish and Americans for Immigration Control was also in the crowd.
Vandervoort started by reading Trifkovic’s speech in the doctor’s absence. In said speech, Trifkovic stated that “immigrants,” “in particular Muslims,” are “often hostile to the European-descended majority of the Americas.” He went on to quote French author Jean Raspail, who infamously penned Camp of the Saints and is widely regarded as a banner-carrying racist.
Porter went next, decrying bilingual education as “insane.” Porter was followed by white nationalist Brimelow who began by telling everyone to pick up copies of the racist journal The Social Contract, which is published by white nationalist John Tanton. Brimelow called multiculturalism a “disease” before speaking of his opposition to Puerto Rico gaining statehood. He also bemoaned America’s slide toward a “bilingual society.” Derbyshire was the last to speak, predicting that America’s “elites” will need to become “race realists.” He also quoted from The Bell Curve, a notorious book that sought to prove racial differences in intelligence.
Before the Q&A session began, Vandervoort again took to the stage to proudly announce that Rep. Steve King (R-IA) would be joining the panel shortly.
King then graced the stage before discussing his English-only bill. Answering a question concerning, “how is immigration contributing to the Balkanization of America,” King stated that immigration is creating “enclaves.” He then praised the Immigration Act of 1924 that legalized racial quotas, calling it “very successful.” Before the panel ended, King shook the hand of white nationalist Brimelow, mentioning that he had “read all his books” as the two exchanged contact information.
Check back with Imagine2050 tomorrow for coverage of day 2 of CPAC 2012, which will bring us the panel, “Islamic Law in America: How the Obama Justice Department Is Selling Us Out.”