Re: race and politics--from another list

Daniel P. Tompkins (pericles@ASTRO.OCIS.TEMPLE.EDU)
Mon, 31 Oct 1994 19:42:55 -0500

Steve Rosenthal's letter is interesting in part because he indicates that
the Pioneer Fund is backing Prop 187. Just tonight, someone on CNN--from
the Field POll (I was dealing with kids at the door, Halloween stuff)
said that the proposition was not getting much outside backing, e.g. from
business. I hope the Pioneer connection gets recognized.

Sorry to verge from anthro into politics.

Dan Tompkins

On Mon, 31 Oct 1994, Marius Johnston wrote:

> Forwarded from PSN
> From: IN%"" 30-OCT-1994 17:41:30.65
> To: IN%"" "Multiple recipients of list"
> I'm Steve Rosenthal. I'm relatively new to PSN, which I got on
> through my spouse's EMail. I teach at historically Black Hampton
> University, where faculty do not have access to EMail. I have been
> following recent discussions on U.S. occupation of Haiti, the Bell
> Curve, etc., and I want to try to contribute a few comments.
> Murray and Herrnstein have been supported by Roger Pearson, head
> of the Pioneer Fund. What's that? It was set up by pro-Nazi U.S.
> eugenicists Harry Laughlin and Frederick Osborn in 1937, with money
> from textile magnate Wickliffe Draper. Since then the Pioneer Fund
> has funded virtually every racist, eugenicist researcher, including
> Jensen, Shockley, Rushton, Bogaert, sociologist Robert Gordon,
> Linda Gottfriedson, Michael Levin, Thomas Bouchard, and Seymour
> Itzkoff. Source of this and much more information is Stefan Kuhl, The
> Nazi Connection: Eugenics, American Racism, and German National
> Socialism (Oxford, 1994). Rushton and Itzkoff are the authors of the
> other two books reviewed together with The Bell Curve in the
> NYTimes. Further, according to Russ Bellant in Old Nazis, the New
> Right, and the Republican Party: Domestic fascist networks and their
> effect on U.S. cold war politics (South End Press, 1991), Roger
> Pearson, head of the Pioneer Fund, headed neo-Nazi groups in
> Europe until he moved to the U.S. in 1965. He has worked for the
> Heritage Foundation with Murray, headed the World Anti-Communist
> League, and was praised by Ronald Reagan in a letter that Bellant
> reproduces in the book.
> What does this have to do with Prop 187 in California? The Pioneer
> Fund has been pumping a lot of $$$ into the Prop 187 Coalition,
> Fund has been pumping a lot of $$$ into the Prop 187 Coalition,
> arguing that illegal immigrants are further polluting the gene pool.
> Is there a concerted effort by members of the ruling class to build
> fascism in the U.S. or what?
> Steve Rosenthal, Hampton University, Hampton, VA.
> Reply
> This reminds me of the claims, in the 1960s, of the communist infiltration of
> the Left (Then again there was "McCarthyism etc)
> Have you read the book?
> Your "argument" relies totally on damnation by association. By this logic I
> should reject your post because you teach at a "historically Black"
> university and, of course, are corrupted by all those Afrocentric people
> Euro bashing and writing stuff on the superiority of melanin.
> Does this sound familiar? It should.
> I live in California and no where have I seen anything about "polluting the
> gene pool" in association with Prop 187.
> Marius Johnston