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Want to keep in touch with bigots? There’s an app for that


MJ Olahafa • Nov 18, 2010

Updated November 18, 2010 - 1:16 P.M.

NumbersUSA, an anti-immigrant organization that is part of a network with ties to white nationalists, has announced this week that an iPad/iPhone app of the same name was launched on November 9, 2010. Amid Apple’s much anticipated announcement this week that the Beatles catalog is now available on iTunes, NumbersUSA’s app has been approved by Apple and put onto its database for free download.

A search for NumbersUSA on iTunes.com will give you, along with a podcast, this description:

“NumbersUSA is a non-profit, non-partisan, public policy organization that favors an environmentally sustainable and economically just America. It opposes efforts to use federal immigration policies to force mass U.S. population growth and to depress wages of vulnerable workers.”

The truth is much more disturbing. NumbersUSA was founded by John Tanton, a white nationalist nicknamed The Puppeteer for creating the most powerful anti-immigrant movement in the U.S.

Roy Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA and longtime employee of Tanton, is a regular contributor to The Social Contract Press (TSCP), a quarterly white nationalist journal published by John Tanton. Beck is also a former editor for the journal.

TSCP’s current editor Wayne Lutton has been very active with Council of Conservative Citizens [CofCC], a white supremacist organization. Roy Beck himself spoke at a CofCC conference in 1997. Most recently, Beck presented at an event organized by the Maryland-based Institute of the Constitution whose co-founder, Michael Peroutka, is a member of the League of the South, a racist organization that seeks to create its own nation in the American south.

Apple users should be concerned about why an organization with this history has an approved iPhone app and podcasts on iTunes. What if David Duke, a notorious white supremacist and anti-Semite, created his own app and was broadcasting on iTunes? It’s doubtful that he would have made it through Apple’s approval process.

This is no different. NumbersUSA now has a new opportunity to promote its extremist agenda. iPhone and iPad users should report this app online or call Apple’s public relations line at (408) 974-2042. Let Apple know that providing a platform for bigotry is never okay.

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Comments:

From: Jessica Harold

“I just called Apple and I spoke to customer care.  They seemed super responsive and very concerned about the link between NumbersUSA and white nationalists, I recommend others call and make your voice heard as well!”

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