This is scary but not surprising:
Rachel Maddow uncovers the people behind Arizona’s new immigration law: neo-Nazis, white supremacists, nativists, and eugenicists. Lovely.
The main guy taking credit for the new law is Kris Kobach — a Birther who’s running for Kansas secretary of state. But his Birtherism is the least offensive thing about Kobach.
His campaign Website brags, “Kobach wins one in Arizona.” He’s also an attorney for the Immigration Reform Law Institute, the legal arm of an immigration group called FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform.[….]
For nine of the first years of FAIR’s existence, the group reportedly received more than $1 million in funding from something called the Pioneer Fund. The Pioneer Fund describes itself as based “in the Darwinian-Galtonian evolutionary tradition and eugenics movement.” For the last 70 years, the Pioneer Fund has funded controversial research about race and intelligence, essentially aimed at proving the racial superiority of white people. The group’s original mandate was to promote the genes of those “deemed to be descended predominantly from white persons who settled in the original 13 states prior to the adoption of the Constitution.
Crazy eugenics type stuff is surprisingly mainstream. Bobo has quoted Steve Sailer on occasion and William Saletan of Slate based a series of articles on some white supremacist propaganda that he mistook for science.
I suspect that as we near a future where white, non-Latino Americans no longer are a majority, we will see more and more of this. The idea of racial superiority is seductive — it’s hard for me to see so-called conservative intellectuals resisting it, especially when demographics start to hinder conservative political aims.