CPAC: No to Gay Republicans, Yes to White Supremacists

This week is the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, put on by the American Conservative Union. And as in the last few years, they are excluding the Log Cabin Republicans as sponsors while gladly welcoming racist organizations to sponsor the event.

Metro Weekly reported yesterday that the Log Cabin Republicans attempted to sponsor the upcoming Conservative Political Action Conference, but were rejected. Although the ACU disputes the story, in the past it has repeatedly excluded the now defunct gay conservative group GOProud.

At the same time, the ACU has repeatedly allowed white nationalists to present at and sponsor CPAC. In 2010, CPAC welcomed the sponsorship of the John Birch Society. In 2012, it hosted a panel on the “failure of multiculturalism” featuring John Derbyshire, Peter Brimelow and Robert Vandervoort, three of the most unabashedly racist voices on the Right, who were joined by Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa. Vandervoort shared the stage on another panel with Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, one of the GOP’s most influential anti-immigrant strategists. Then, in 2013 and 2014, Vandervoort’s group ProEnglish was a sponsor of the conference.

This year, it appears that ProEnglish is once again sponsoring CPAC. Although the group is not listed on the event’s website, it is included on a longer list of sponsors on the event’s mobile phone app.

Along with leading ProEnglish — a nativist group founded by John Tanton that seeks to establish English as the official language of the U.S. ­ — Vandervoort has a background as a white nationalist leader. The Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights reported in 2012 that Vandervoort was “the organizer of the white nationalist group, Chicagoland Friends of American Renaissance, while he lived in Illinois.”

This is becoming quite a tradition for CPAC. The only thing that gets you thrown out, it seems, is advocating equality. Advocating white supremacy is just fine.

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  •!/TabbyLavalamp Tabby Lavalamp

    Why isn’t there an LPAC? Progressives in the US are seriously lagging when it comes to organization.

  • Raging Bee

    Vandervoort? A straggler from the South African apartheid regime perhaps?

  • kantalope

    If the English only crowd takes over would this Vandervoort cat have to change his name? Sounds pretty foreign to me.

    From Colorado (a state that would have to change names…along with California, Vermont, Utah, Wyoming etc. etc.)

  • zenlike

    Vandervoort is a Dutch name. So a guy with a non-English name wants to make English mandatory and is anti-immigration.

  • Alverant

    Yeah but most of the Dutch are white so they might not count.

  • Broken Things

    Just part of their Not-So-Big Tent policy

  • Gregory in Seattle

    Even a conservative organization has to have standards (sic).

  • Modusoperandi

    Broken Things “Just part of their Not-So-Big Tent policy”

    It is a big tent. But you have to have standards. Like golf clubs used to have.

  • ttch

    Is the John Birch Society “white nationalist”? Citation needed.

  • Al Dente

    Vandervoort was “the organizer of the white nationalist group, Chicagoland Friends of American Renaissance, while he lived in Illinois.”

    A quote from The Blues Brothers comes to mind.

  • SC (Salty Current)

    I for one am heartened to know that our thinkiest thinkers, our leadingest leaders, our superstarriest celebrities have a “very prominently located booth.”

  • Artor

    Is the John Birch Society “white nationalist”? Citation needed.

    Do you really need a citation for that? Have you not been paying attention at any point since 1958? What exactly do you think the Birchers are?

  • Anne Fenwick

    it hosted a panel on the “failure of multiculturalism”

    They mean ‘failure at multiculturalism’. It was a how-to.

  • Acolyte of Sagan

    I assume that these rednecks and/or nationalists are going to go to the trouble of actually learning English first, because whatever that language is they speak down there, at best it’s merely a poor derivative.

  • StevoR

    @9. ttch : “Is the John Birch Society “white nationalist”? Citation needed.”

    Okay how about this one from the Southern Poverty Law Centre’s spring 2013 by Don Terry :

    Charges of racism and anti-Semitism have dogged the John Birch Society since its earliest days. It opposed civil rights legislation in the 1960s, saying the African-American freedom movement was being manipulated from Moscow with the goal of creating a “Soviet Negro Republic” in the Southern United States. The society was a close ally of Alabama’s segregationist governer George Wallace and reportedly had 100 chapters in and around Birmingham, Alabama’s largest city, as well as chapters across the rest of the state. Thompson, the group’s CEO, said the society has never been either racist or anti-Semitic, going so far as to add that once a member is discovered to harbor such views he or she is immediately “booted out.’’

    Grigg said Thompson and McManus should be booted out. The men took over leadership of the society in 2005 after a bitter internal power struggle, an ugly coup, as some describe it, that saw the ouster of the previous regime.

  • StevoR

    In addition there’s :

    From ‘John Birch Society Celebrates Koch Family For Their Role In Founding The Hate Group’ by Lee Fang posted June10 2011. Excerpt :

    The Koch-funded Birchers held numerous rallies during the ’60s claiming integration would lead to a “mongrelization” of the races.

    Although the present-day Koch brothers try to eschew explicit racism, their top Tea Party front group, Americans for Prosperity, is currently pursuing similar racial segregation goals. In North Carolina, the Americans for Prosperity chapter led a campaign to end a highly successful public school integration system.

    And plenty more besides. That’s just with my imperfect google-fu.

  • StevoR

    @2. Raging Bee : “Vandervoort? A straggler from the South African apartheid regime perhaps?”

    I was going to say it was the racetrack for the old Dutch F1 & MotoGP Grand Prix but then I realised that was actually Zandervoort. (Spelling?)

  • caseloweraz