My Conversation with Kristen Hatten

My Conversation with Kristen Hatten April 18, 2018

Media outlets Jezebel and Huffington Post have written hit pieces about former-pro-life-advocate-turned-racist Kristen Hatten that commit outright libel against the pro-life movement in general and New Wave Feminists in particular. I won’t link to them because they don’t deserve the clicks, but you can find them if you Google.

But the pieces in question have brought the topic back to pro-life and Catholic conversations on Facebook, and it seems some people are still defending Hatten despite clear evidence of her racist beliefs.

In the interests of full disclosure, as I’ve referenced this conversation on several discussion threads, I am sharing the PM conversation I had with Hatten when I first saw the evidence of her racists beliefs for myself. Before unfriending her, I wanted to find out from her, directly, if she really did espouse these beliefs.

I was hoping I was wrong, and maybe her accounts had gotten hacked or hijacked or some other unlikely explanation. Sadly, she affirmed her racist beliefs to me. This was our conversation:

Normally I wouldn’t share Facebook PM conversations publicly without the permission of everyone involved. However, after her last message, she ceased the conversation and blocked me on both Facebook and Messenger, so I was unable to ask her for her permission. I did try reaching out via Twitter, but I was ignored there, too.

However, since Hatten has essentially become a public figure — and since I’ve had numerous inquiries regarding the content of my conversation with her — I felt it was important to put the information out there so people could judge for themselves if her comments are, in fact, racist.

I believe they are. Her insistence that immigrants with non-Caucasian-names be deported is reprehensible. Does that include people like Imaculee Ilibagiza? Satya Nadella? Jagdish Bhagwati?

Her talk about her “culture” being threatened has clear ties to white nationalism, the adherents of which routinely beat the “white culture is under attack” drum.

As Catholics, it is crucial that we identify and denounce these harmful ideologies whenever we witness them.

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  • Note the difference:

    “Antisemitism and bigotry of any sort are contemptible–no matter who promotes them. It would be nice if Laura Bassett understood that. Because if Bassett finds a “confluence” of racism and “violent energy” objectionable, then she should really call out her friends in the Women’s March. Until she does, it’s hard to take her words about “extremists” seriously.” http://westernfreepress.com/abortion-bigotry-two-things-the-womens-march-embraces/

  • sw85

    Needlessly disclosing other people’s character flaws is the sin of detraction, Joanna. Please repent.

  • cgfmom

    This is terrible! Did you seek counsel from a priest before posting this private conversation on social media? Shameful!

  • I tried to ask Kristen’s permission, but there were no channels of communication available. She has blocked me on all of them. Should she contact me and ask me to remove it, I will take it down. However, she is now a public figure, and there are people questioning what her beliefs are given that she has scrubbed most of her online content. So I thought it was important to put out there.

  • I disagree that it is needless. I tried to ask Kristen’s permission, but there were no channels of communication available. She has blocked me on all of them. Should she contact me and ask me to remove it, I will take it down. However, she is now a public figure, and there are people questioning what her beliefs are given that she has scrubbed most of her online content. So I thought it was important to put out there.

  • I disagree that it is needless. I tried to ask Kristen’s permission, but there were no channels of communication available. She has blocked me on all of them. Should she contact me and ask me to remove it, I will take it down. However, she is now a public figure, and there are people questioning what her beliefs are given that she has scrubbed most of her online content. So I thought it was important to put out there.

  • I tried to ask Kristen’s permission, but there were no channels of communication available. She has blocked me on all of them. Should she contact me and ask me to remove it, I will take it down. However, she is now a public figure, and there are people questioning what her beliefs are given that she has scrubbed most of her online content. So I thought it was important to put out there.

  • Bunker Santa 7

    1st she didn’t say anything wrong except transgressions against the ultra-liberal hegemony. More people should be willing to go there.
    2nd you just wanted to virtue signal and add to trying to kick a former friend when she’s down just because it’s topical and you could get a couple clicks.
    What you’ve revealed about yourself is worse than anything you meant to show about her.

  • The desire to forcibly deport people with funny-sounding names isn’t wrong in your book? Okayyyyyy….

    Thanks for your opinion! I will give it all of the consideration that it deserves.

  • Lib Destroyer

    So… You were never really her friend. Got it.

  • Her talk about her “culture” being threatened has clear ties to white nationalism, the adherents of which routinely beat the “white culture is under attack” drum.

    If it’s racist to talk about or criticize culture, are’t you implying that culture and race are inextricably linked? (Which is one of the things that the alt-right argues for.) Why not focus on her statements that actually are racist?

  • Lib Destroyer

    Sorry, can’t help it… This blog post has me beyond furious! It also makes me sick that you are part of Catholicism. Would Jesus want you to throw your friend to the wolves? You are beyond disgusting. You are not Catholic, let alone Christian if this is how you treat your friends.

  • Bunker Santa 7

    Again, ultra liberal hegemony.
    People not of the area tend to overwhelmingly vote for leftist big government programs, including abortion. This is regardless of their religious covictions that we have been continually lied to and told they would vote with.
    If you actually cared about controlling and winning on the issue you are identified with, you have to acknowledge this reality. Your dogmatic adherence to not hurting feelings will undo the position you claim to advocate. As it has in the past.

  • Bunker Santa 7

    It’s not a desire so much as a political necessity.
    Maybe read Hoppe.

  • I’m a conservative, dude. I support immigration reform. I don’t support forcible deportation of people with non-Caucasian names or non-Caucasians, period. Nor do I support Holocaust denial or white nationalism or abortion for eugenics purposes.

  • Hatred is not a political necessity. I’ll read Hoppe if you read the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

  • Bunker Santa 7

    Done.
    What is “hateful” in this?
    Do you want a stronger abortion lobby or not?

  • Bunker Santa 7

    There are people who support forcibly extracting resources from you, specifically to fund things like abortion that you are against. They are consistently going to vote to do so in support of the government that made the policy that had brought them here.

    Tell me a viable alternative.

  • You don’t think white supremacy is hateful?

    I think that proclaiming one race superior to the others, and desiring to eliminate all other races, is inherently hateful.

  • It isn’t forcibly. If I don’t like the tax structure of the USA, I can leave the country or I can work for change by voting in different legislators. That is how a democratic republic works.

  • Bunker Santa 7

    Who said anything about supremacy, superiority, or elimination?
    I’ve read enough of your work to know you are better than resorting to straw man tactics like this and you hate when progressives do it to you.

  • My father line are Dutch Jews. Our name was changed at Ellis Island, so indiscriminately that it was spelled differently at random on arrival.

    I do not understand this need some immigrants have to import their culture here, but I welcome them coming to learn about our culture and perhaps join this melting pot. I am utterly against changing the language or anything else to suit an immigrant though.

    Welcome the stranger. Then turn them into something that is not a stranger.

  • And for that, then, we need to eliminate Planned Parenthood…..

  • james warren

    Your conclusion that an “ultra liberal hegemony” is to blame is just as ignorantly silly as posting that an “ultra-conservative hegemony” is to blame.

  • james warren

    When any language finds itself in a larger matrix of a different language, it changes.

  • james warren

    Everyone feels sensitive and a bit alarmed at the new emerging global culture we find ourselves in. We are all being forced to surf the rapids of change but many people and groups are withdrawing and marginalizing themselves. Circling the wagons works for a little while.

    A white settler became alarmed when Indians began to ride around the circled wagons shooting flaming arrows.

    “Hey!” he exclaimed. “Can they DO that?”

  • And *SHOULD*. Local culture needs to be respected. If you don’t like that, you should never immigrate anywhere.

  • Ivlia Blackburn

    In what way is the US going to become like the UK? Just curious because with the racist mysogenistic government currently in power I can guarantee that you will never become like any one of dozens of other countries that could easily replace the ‘UK ‘ in that sentence, and whose citizens would undoubtedly be affected by the desire to refuse entry to anyone whose surname/family name doesn’t sound sufficiently Caucasian or whose photo shows a skin colour other than snow white or bright orange.

  • John Williams

    She didn’t say that. Go back and re-read. You obviously didn’t “hear” it correctly at first or you’re just looking for an excuse to call someone a racist. You really should check your progressive privilege at the door…

  • Martha Arenas

    JoAnna, thank you for this. I am a pro-life Catholic. I was born here, I am a combat veteran of the Global War on Terrorism, and YES, I am a latina. However, my parents are not US citizens. My father was hired to work here for a cruise line as the head chef out of Los Angeles, CA. My mother was already pregnant with me when they came. That thought of another American Citizen, whom I went to war for, wanting me (or my children) being investigated by the government because my name is latino or because my parents live in Mexico, is just disappointing (and disgusting). What about people from Spain? are they not white enough either? What about that less government argument? These behaviors and beliefs do need to be denounced indeed!

  • Martha Arenas

    How can we tackle issues if we are not aware of the issue existing? Kristen opened herself up to the delight of the alt-left giving them munition to attack all of us pro-lifers. I often dismiss HuffPost and others because of their extreme views and the often exaggerating peoples comments. However, now I know they were not taking Kristen out of context. It is important for us to know how we all feel so we can move forward together. More division is never helpful.

  • Mike Boyle

    I’m reading the condemnation of “white supremacy,” but I’m not seeing it. There’s nothing “white” about anything that Hatten subscribes to. Technically, I don’t see racism either. What I’m reading here, JoAnna, is your attempt to demonize someone with whom you disagree with the ultimate in Progressive show-stoppers: “Racist!” Those in favor of reeling-in immigration via investigation followed by possible deportation are not guilty of racism by that act alone.

  • I was hoping I was wrong, and maybe her accounts had gotten hacked or hijacked or some other unlikely explanation. Sadly, she affirmed her racist beliefs to me.

    I can’t say I’m particularly surprised. I used to read her Live Action News op-ed pieces, and Hatten has always come across as completely lacking empathy. I guess the ignorant cynicism in articles entitled “Abortion: It’s a Hitler Thing” is what passes for humor in Hatten’s mind. As demonstrated by the interactions with her that you posted above, she doesn’t even seem to be able to fathom that someone might take issue with her racist opinions on a reasonable basis, so she just rolls her eyes and assumes that the PC police are calling her out on her “thoughtcrimes.” Pathological narcissism and bigotry is a dangerous combination.

  • Donny J

    Why is it okay for non white groups to preach pride in their own culture. Let’s face it the world is being overpopulated with third world people. Why should the west allow white babies to be aborted to make room for people who overpopulate?

  • Donny J

    It’s not about white supremacy , it is about white survival. I never thought I would see squatters camps in Canada but we have them now. While poor Canadians are being pushed out Immigrants are flooding in and been given government housing and incredible benefits. Not Supremacist to defend your culture.

  • How does that answer my question?

    If it’s racist to talk about or criticize culture, are’t you implying that culture and race are inextricably linked?

  • Ancalagon

    So people come into your country, vote to take money from you, and you don’t like it so you leave the country. I’m going to discount the vote for change option because if that were really an option, there wouldn’t be the problem to begin with.

    So you leave the country. These are the “conservatives” we have today.

  • Bunker Santa 7

    There are no ultra-conservatives allowed any voice in this country. The center right continually marginalizes its hardliners, while the left subsidizes theirs.
    Every dynamic of allowable discourse is left of whether it was 20 years ago. The right wing frames it’s discussion in constant terms of “I’m not [insert liberal buzz term here].”
    Hence the system plays in a framework of implicit Marxism where even the “center right” enforces liberal ideas.
    This is a liberal hegemony.

  • Maren Grossman

    Thank you both for bringing this to light and thank you Martha for your service to our country. There are huge numbers of Americans (without white names or skin) in the military who have lost their lives or put their lives on the line everyday for all of our freedoms and rights that are effortlessly devoured by these alt-ideologists who have done nothing for this country but insight hate and discontent amongst it’s own people. Wake up America, there may come a day when we are the ones running for our lives as refugees (God forbid) and who will hear our cries? How will WE get over those walls we have built without the help of all of our neighbors? What do you think the Statue of Liberty represents? What would Jesus say about treating the sojourner the way we are treating the refugees and his people (yes, apparently now, the Jews too)? #lovethyneighbor (no exceptions). Aren’t we ALL immigrants in the US except for the native Indians that we almost (tried really hard) to completely annihilate so we could steal their land and then claim to be native? Hatten’s hateful spewing is deplorable and is an embarrassment to the white race. Seriously, the anti-Semitic movement Kristen? Are a minority of Hispanic gang bangers equal to the KKK in the US or the Nazi majority in Germany during WWII? I suppose Auschwitz and Dachau, etc., were just made up by the liberals for fake news purposes right? What are we fighting for here? We don’t have a white “culture” in America, if so, what would that be (hot dogs, baseball, the 4th of July, Hollywood? How about greed?) and what would this country be without the cultural diversity that made us great in the first place? Kristen, let me know when you’ve actually made a positive contribution to the country, or better yet, are ready to enlist in true support of our country and we’ll talk….