The Eagle Forum was recently cited by the Southern Poverty Law Center as fudging immigration facts. In this article we read of their recent forum where they played on fears of migrants to push their agenda. Though I admittedly don’t know much about the Eagle Forum, looking at their website it seems to be a mostly white organization and a great place for far right politicians to meet young attractive women.
Eagle Forum: Stop immigration flood – The Press Democrat
By PAUL PAYNE
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Nearly 200 people attended a Rohnert Park conference Saturday about maintaining American sovereignty in the face of rising globalism, and stemming the tide of illegal immigration from Mexico.
Speakers played to the fears of a receptive audience, espousing views that warned of a possible merger of the United States with Mexico and Canada into a North American Union, and denouncing “anchor babies,” a term used to describe children born in America to illegal immigrants that they claim overwhelm schools and the nation’s system of medical care.
On their links page they have links to World Net Daily ,a very right-wing often getting close to the line of prejudice, along with NewsMax, a very similar publication.
If we look at photos on their “collegiate” page it seems like a place for old white politicians to meet young attractive white women. Go to toward the bottom of the page and watch the slideshow. You’ll see prominent politicians posing with young attractive women. Is that Tancredo?
It’s interesting that the Eagle Forum believes this is a topic that needs discussing: What’s Happened to College History and English?, because many have no clue about our history in context to immigration.
Here the Eagle Forum attempts to blame English courses for the deadly shooting at Virginia Tech:’
English at Virginia Tech
What was the motive behind 23-year-old Cho Seung-Hui’s killing of 32 students and teachers at Virginia Tech in April 2007? Why was he consumed with hate, resentment and bitterness?Cho was an English Department major and senior. A look at the websites of Virginia Tech’s English Department and of its professors reveals their mindset. We don’t know which courses Cho took, but it could have been any of these.
Did he take Professor Bernice L. Hausman’s English 5454 called “Studies in Theory: Representing Female Bodies”? The titles of the assigned readings include “Black Bodies, White Bodies: Toward an Iconography of Female Sexuality in Late Nineteenth-Century Art, Medicine, and Literature,” “The Comparative Anatomy of Hottentot Women in Europe, 1815-1817,” “Selling Hot Pussy: Representations of Black Female Sexuality in the Cultural Marketplace,” “The Anthropometry of Barbie: Unsettling Ideals of the Feminine Body in Popular Culture,” and “Foucault, Femininity, and the Modernization of Patriarchal Power.” (link)
To push the anti-migrant thought that migrants don’t learn and speak English the Eagle Forum writes:
Do They Assimilate — or Not?Are you tired of anonymous voices on the phone telling you to “Press 1 (or sometimes 2) for English”? The ability to speak and communicate in English is the litmus test of whether our immigrants are assimilating into the American culture or not. To become a naturalized American citizen, the law states that the immigrant must demonstrate “the ability to read, write and speak ordinary English.” All public opinion polls confirm by majorities approaching 90% that this is what the American people want.
Do “they” assimilate. I love the use of the word “they” to push away those dirty “others” that we ourselves should not assimilate with. If two items are to “assimilate” both must be willing to accept the other. A group not wishing to receive another cannot blame that person for not assimilating. Could a lamb assimilate with a pride of lions?
The idea that migrants refuse to learn English is ridiculous. All migrants seek to learn English though some adults and seniors may have a harder time learning. That’s normal, yet doesn’t mean they are refusing to or do not want to learn.They go on to state in this article:
Our government also discourages assimilation by printing foreign language ballots, even though only U.S. citizens are supposed to vote. Another way that government programs retard assimilation is by forcing children with Hispanic-sounding names into Spanish-language classes in public schools, often over the opposition of their parents.
Learning a language and all it’s colloquialisms is very difficult so having voters understand a ballot fully would seem to be a benefit to everyone. There’s a huge difference between understanding how to order one of Joey Vento’s cheesesteaks and understanding what’s on a ballot. I’d argue that there is also a very different level of importance. But I’m sure the Eagle Forum would like to have an English test before voting as was done to curb the black vote in our past.
Speaking of Vento, Tucker Carlson, after Vento cited the fact that nobody should be offended by his “Speak English” only sign if they couldn’t read it (which I asked Joe Bednardky to ask Vento who seemed surprised by the question – “how will a non-English speaker know what it says” – and now apparently uses it himself), is one of many speakers the Eagle Forum touts in their recent flier. We also see they’re proud to have the very hateful Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin.