Rick Oltman: Environmentalist or White Supremacist?

Jill Garvey • Apr 30, 2009

We recently posted an article on Imagine 2050 about the anti-immigrant group Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS). Shortly after, CAPS’s National Media Director, Rick Oltman, sent us a comment disputing some of our claims in that article.

As the Managing Editor of Imagine 2050, I would love to address Mr. Oltman’s concerns; however, we have a strict policy against debating white supremacists.

Oltman ended his comments to us by stating the following:

“Facts are troublesome things, we know. But we shouldn’t let them stand in the way of an honest debate about this or any other issue.”

I couldn’t agree more. So in lieu of a debate and in the spirit of honesty, I’m going to share with our readers a few truths I know about Rick Oltman.

For example, Rick Oltman is a member of the Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC), formerly known as the White Citizens Council. The Council of Conservative Citizens’ statement of principles outlines the following sentiments:

“We therefore oppose the massive immigration of non-European and non-Western peoples into the United States that threatens to transform our nation into a non-European majority in our lifetime. We believe that illegal immigration must be stopped, if necessary by military force and placing troops on our national borders; that illegal aliens must be returned to their own countries; and that legal immigration must be severely restricted or halted through appropriate changes in our laws and policies. We also oppose all efforts to mix the races of mankind, to promote non-white races over the European-American people through so-called “affirmative action” and similar measures, to destroy or denigrate the European-American heritage, including the heritage of the Southern people, and to force the integration of the races.”

In 1994, when Oltman was working as the Western Regional Coordinator for the hate group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), he shared the podium with Virginia Abernathy at a Council of Conservative Citizens conference. Virginia Abernathy is a self-described white separatist.

Then in 1996, Rick wasn’t making any friends as the chairperson of the Republican Central Committee of Marin County. He was eventually removed from that position for publicly agreeing with the beating of undocumented immigrants in Southern California.

Rick Oltman’s name also regularly appears on the white nationalist website

VDare is named for Virginia Dare, rumored to be the first white person born on American soil. Brenda Walker, a member of VDare’s editorial collective, often refers to Oltman in her articles. Just last week she wrote:

“On April 15th, I attended the Sacramento Tea Party on the Capitol steps along with my friend and colleague, Rick Oltman [….] So while California may look battered by demography-changing immigration, and has rapidly flopped from a Republican bastion to a hopelessly blue state—given that Republicans are too cowardly and stupid to adopt the Sailer Strategy and mobilize their white base—there is still a strong tradition of revolt against taxation run amok.”

Back in 2004 Oltman was still working for FAIR in Arizona when he was awarded the Person of the Year Award by American Patrol (another anti-immigrant hate group). This honor was bestowed upon him for his work with FAIR to pass Proposition 200, a highly controversial anti-immigrant law opposed on both sides of the aisle.

On American Patrol’s website Oltman states in an interview that “Dan” sent him $250,000 to finish the campaign. Could he be referring to FAIR’s Executive Director Dan Stein? Perhaps “Dan” took that money out of the 1.2 million FAIR received from the Pioneer Fund, a foundation committed to proving, among other things, that black people have smaller brains than whites and that women in general have lower IQs than men.

These are just a few of the interesting facts I know about Rick Oltman.

I hope our readers find this helpful in determining the difference between an environmentalist and a white supremacist.

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