D.A. King is the face of the anti-immigrant movement in Georgia. His current group, the Dustin Inman Society, persistently promotes and pushes anti-immigrant legislation in Georgia’s State Senate and House. The Dustin Inman Society is listed as a state contact on the website of hate group Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR).
In recent months, King and his group have received increased press attention. King has enjoyed being quoted and having op-eds published in Georgia newspapers, something he loves to share with his supporters on the Dustin Inman Society blog. King is also involved in an ongoing battle with Jerry Gonzalez of the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO).
Gonzalez has been vocal about D.A. King’s organization being listed as a nativist group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). It’s not just his organizations that are in question, King himself is considered a nativist by the Alabama-based civil rights organization.
On April 22, Mark Krikorian, executive director of FAIR’s sister organization, Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), defended D.A. King from criticism by Gonzalez and SPLC. In a blog post on National Review Online he stated,
“The point is not whether D.A. is a hater (he’s not — I’m not even sure he’s a restrictionist, since he limits himself to illegal immigration, and I’ve never heard so much as an epithet from him, even in private, let alone any Zionist conspiracies or Trilateral Commissions or even longing for the Lost Cause).”
That’s funny. Because King has pretty cozy relationships with white nationalist website VDARE, and pseudo-environmentalist organization Californians for Population Stabilization, which has ties to white nationalists.
In fact it was King’s writing in Georgia newspapers and in VDARE that attracted the attention of Tanton Network affiliate Californians for Population Stabilization (CAPS). In its most recent newsletter to members, CAPS listed D.A. King as one of its “senior writing fellows.”
CAPS’s national media director, Rick Oltman, is a member of the Council of Conservative Citizens, formerly known as the White Citizens Council, an openly white supremacist organization. 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 Abernethy at a Council of Conservative Citizens conference. Virginia Abernethy is a self-described white separatist. Oltman’s disturbing associations resurfaced just a few years later. In 1996 Rick wasn’t making any friends as the chairperson of the Republican Central Committee of Marin County – he was removed from his post for publicly agreeing with the beating of undocumented immigrants in Southern California.
It is obvious that D.A. King is very comfortable in the company of hardcore bigots, even within his own organization. A clear example of this is Fred Elbel who is on the Board of Advisers and serves as webmaster for D.A. King’s anti-immigrant Dustin Inman Society. After a failed attempt by Elbel and others to take over the board of the Sierra Club, Elbel stated the following in an email:
“Damned right. I hate ‘em all – negroes, wasps, spics, eskimos, jews, honkies, krauts, ruskies, ethopians, pakis, hunkies, pollocks and marxists; there are way too many of them. I’m all for trout, elephants, bacteria, whales, wolves, birds, parrot fish, deciduous foliage and mollusks. Time to rebalance the planet, bleeding heart liberals be damned.”
All told, this is very damning evidence running counter to the mainstream credibility King enjoys. It doesn’t help that he is defended against accusations of racism by bigots. With friends like Krikorian, who needs enemies.