NumbersUSA Celebrates 15 Years of Bigotry

Stephen Piggott • May 16, 2012

John Tanton (left) & Roy Beck (right)

This year, the anti-immigrant group NumbersUSA celebrates its 15th anniversary. The group claims to have one million members and takes responsibility for blocking comprehensive immigration reform efforts in the mid 2000s. If one scratches under the surface of the “no to immigrant bashing” and “it’s all about numbers” mantra, you will find that NumbersUSA is, in actuality, a leading nativist group in the United States, with disturbing ties to white nationalism and anti-Semitism. Here are the top ten reasons why:

10. From its very inception, NumbersUSA was interlocked with white nationalism. From its founding in 1996/1997 to 2001/2002, Numbers was under the financial umbrella of U.S., Inc., an organization founded by white nationalist John Tanton who named Roy Beck his “heir apparent” in the 1990s.

9. Shortly after founding NumbersUSA, Roy Beck spoke at the 1997 national conference of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens (CofCC), an organization that has referred to African Americans as a “retrograde species of humanity.” Beck initially denied that he spoke to the group but his lies were exposed when the CofCC published its newsletter which contained a picture of Beck speaking at the conference.

8. The connections to the CofCC don’t end with #9 on our list. In its 2009 video, “Immigration 103—American Trauma: Jobs and the Economy,” NumbersUSA featured the testimony of Roan Garcia-Quintana, a board member of the aforementioned white nationalist organization Council of Conservative Citizens. At a CofCC national conference, Garcia-Quintana stated, “There are three types of people in the world: Negroids, Mongroids, and Caucasians.”

7. Roy Beck’s writings have appeared on the racist website founded by white nationalist Peter Brimelow. In 2004, an article Beck wrote in The Atlantic was reprinted with his permission on VDARE. VDARE regularly features anti-Semitic, homophobic, and flagrantly racist authors and articles.

6. In 2010, Beck addressed an event organized by the Maryland-based Institute of the Constitution. In 2004 the civil rights organization Southern Poverty Law Center named Institute co-founder Michael Peroutka as a member of the League of the South, a racist organization that seeks to create its own nation in the American south.

5. At an immigration march in 2010, one of Roy Beck’s bodyguards was arrested for assaulting a female mime who was protesting NumbersUSA’s attendance at the immigration march. In the following weeks, NumbersUSA used the incident for a fundraising campaign.

4. Beck signed NumbersUSA into a coalition of other anti-immigrant groups at some point in the 2000s. The signatories are available on the NumbersUSA website to this day and include Islamophobes such as Frank Gaffney and former FAIR advisory board member Joyce Tarnow who once said that she hoped Haitians “stew in their own juices.”

3. In 2010, Beck wrote a blog for NumbersUSA titled, “Pro-Amnesty Groups Are Killing Record Number Of Illegal Aliens In Desert This Year.” Beck quickly changed the title of the blog after Imagine2050 pointed out his ridiculous accusation.

2. Last year, NumbersUSA published a list of state and local contacts on its website. Included is an anti-immigrant activist named Jim Rizoli. Rizoli is a known anti-Semite and holocaust denier. His website contains videos from many infamous Holocaust deniers such as David Irving and Ernest Zundel. Rizoli also displays a video of former Klan Grand Wizard David Duke. In an email to Imagine2050 last year Rizoli clarified his views, writing, “Your dam [sic] right I’m a Holocaust Denier and proud of it.”

1. In 2010, Rosemary Jenks of NumbersUSA spoke at the Phoenix Rising anti-immigrant rally in Phoenix, AZ. The rally kicked off at 2:30pm with a motorcycle procession led by White Boy Society. According to White Boy Society’s website it believes “that if the white race is to survive we must separate and rule over our own destiny.”


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