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Top 10 Reasons Why FAIR Should Drop John Tanton from its Board


Stephen Piggott • Apr 17, 2011

Over 30 years ago, in 1979, white nationalist John Tanton founded the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). This began Tanton’s assault on immigrants and cemented him as the creator of the modern day anti-immigrant movement in the United States. Though Tanton has taken a back seat in recent years, he still holds a very prominent position on the board of FAIR. Despite all of Tanton’s controversies, FAIR has refused to drop him from the organization’s board of directors. Here are the top ten reasons why FAIR should immediately remove Tanton from its board.

1.       Tanton solicited and received over $1. 2 million from the Pioneer Fund for FAIR. The Pioneer Fund is a foundation that has a history of promoting the genetic superiority of white, European-Americans.

2.       Tanton is an advocate of eugenics, the “science” of race betterment. Tanton has written on the subject stating, “Hitler’s reign in Nazi Germany did little to advance the discussion of eugenics among sensitive persons.”

3.       In 1993, Tanton wrote, “I’ve come to the point of view that for European-American society and culture to persist requires a European-American majority, and a clear one at that.”

4.       Tanton runs a publishing organization, the Social Contract Press. Tanton’s publishing arm reprinted the novel The Camp of the Saints, a racist book which tells the tale of immigrants from the east who come to France and destroy western civilization.

5.       The Social Contract Press produces a quarterly journal, The Social Contact, which has published numerous white nationalists such as Wayne Lutton, Peter Gemma, and the late Sam Francis.

6.       Tanton has had a long relationship with numerous white nationalists such as Jared Taylor, founder of American Renaissance, and notorious ant-Semite Kevin MacDonald.

7.       Tanton is affiliated with individuals who are associated with Council of Conservative Citizens, a white nationalist organization that has called African Americans a “retrograde species of humanity.” Wayne Lutton, Tanton’s “right hand man” and Roy Beck, the former Washington editor of The Social Contract, have both spoken at Council of Conservative Citizens annual conferences.

8.       In a 1996 letter, Tanton wrote, “Do we leave it to individuals to decide that they are the intelligent ones who should have more kids? And more troublesome, what about the less intelligent, who logically should have less? Who is going to break the bad news [to less intelligent individuals], and how will it be implemented?”

9.    In 1995 correspondence to Harry Weyher (former president of the white supremacist Pioneer Fund) on racial eugenics, Tanton questions the sexuality of Asian men by claiming that “Male Orientals are less well equipped than those of some other groups.”

10.  In a 1995 memo, Tanton wrote about his thoughts on European hate crimes laws, stating, “These have generally been pushed by Jewish interests who are offended by those who have challenged the received version of the Holocaust.”

The bottom line is that Tanton is a white nationalist. If FAIR wants to legitimize itself as a voice in the immigration debate, dropping its overtly controversial founder is a necessary first step.

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